New Orleans Marks Second Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with Prayers, Protest, Disappointment
August 30, 2007 07:37 AM - Mary Foster, Associated Press

Prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina marked the disaster's second anniversary Wednesday, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm.

A Permanent Ban On Internet Taxes?
August 29, 2007 08:07 PM - Brian Wingfield, USC Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. - By all accounts, it's fairly safe to say that Congress is not going to allow state and local taxes on Internet service, at least for the next several years.

Survey: Passengers Blame Airlines Not Weather For Flight Delays
August 29, 2007 06:22 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

NEW YORK - The majority of air travelers have been delayed within the past three months -- and they hold the airlines responsible. That's the dope from a new survey shows consumer perceptions of the causes for air travel delays.

Conservatories Create Magical Year-Round Living Under Glass
August 29, 2007 08:26 AM - Della De Lafuente, Associated Press

Borrowing an idea from the glass houses traditionally used in England as horticultural buildings to grow delicate plants, some high-end homeowners are adding conservatories and orangeries to their residences to combine the comfort of being indoors with the splendor of the great outdoors. Releases Eco-Friendly 'Green' Invitations
August 29, 2007 08:24 AM - PR Newswire, a Tampa based retailer of invitations and stationery, has unveiled a unique line of recycled invitations, in response to increased awareness surrounding environmentally-friendly weddings.

Forgo Bottled Water — and Soda — To Save The Planet
August 29, 2007 07:43 AM - Jennifer Wilkins, Cornell Chronicle

The bottled water industry is in the crosshairs of a debate about health, the environment, truth in marketing and the privatization of a public good for private gain. The criticism about this ubiquitous beverage springs from numerous sectors — nongovernmental organizations, religious groups, government officials and restaurateurs.

China's Wall becoming less and less Great
August 29, 2007 07:42 AM - Reuters

Sand storms in northwest China are reducing sections of Great Wall to mounds of dirt and may cause them to disappear in about 20 years, state media said on Wednesday. The Great Wall, which was chosen last month as top of the new seven wonders of the world, snakes its way across more than 6,400 km (3,980 miles) and receives an estimated 10 million visitors a year.

Study confirms 2006 human-human spread of bird flu
August 29, 2007 07:34 AM - Reuters

A mathematical analysis has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza spread from person to person in Indonesia in April, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. They said they had developed a tool to run quick tests on disease outbreaks to see if dangerous epidemics or pandemics may be developing. Health officials around the world agree that a pandemic of influenza is overdue, and they are most worried by the H5N1 strain of avian influenza that has been spreading through flocks from Asia to Africa.

New Zealand Warns of Toxic Chinese Toothpaste
August 29, 2007 07:27 AM - Reuters

New Zealand on Wednesday asked retailers and consumers to dispose of 11 brands of Chinese-made toothpaste after tests confirmed they contained toxic chemicals. The Ministry of Health said in a statement that a third of the Chinese-made toothpaste tested contained "unacceptable levels" of diethylene glycol, an industrial solvent used in paint and antifreeze and can cause kidney and liver damage.

He has your... fear of veggies
August 29, 2007 07:15 AM - Reuters

British researchers have provided an explanation for why some children hate to try new foods -- it's in the genes. In a large study of identical and fraternal twins, researchers from University College London found that nearly 80 percent of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was inherited. "Parents can be reassured that their child's reluctance to try new foods is not simply the result of poor parental feeding practices, but it is partly in the genes," said Dr. Lucy Cooke and her team.

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