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Thousands Without Shelter after Heavy Rains Flood Sudan's North Darfur State
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Mohamed Osman, Associated Press

Heavy rains have damaged a dam and caused flooding that has left thousands of people without shelter in the capital of North Darfur state and a nearby camp for displaced people, government officials said Monday.

Malaysian Firemen Help Indonesia To Fight Blazes
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Bazuki Muhammad and Muklis Ali, Reuters

Malaysia sent a team of 100 firemen to neighbouring Indonesia on Monday to help douse forest fires that have blanketed the region in noxious haze.

Mysterious Reptile Evades Capture in L.A. Park
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats.

Powerful Quake Hits Northern Japan; Small Tsunami Reported, Buildings Collapse
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Shizuo Kambayashi, Associated Press

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Tuesday and injured at least 60 people, triggering a small tsunami, sending debris crashing into a crowded swimming pool and shaking skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo.

Changing Levels at Arizona Lakes Proves Costly for Park Service
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

Drought caused the water levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead to plunge, forcing the federal government to shell out millions to compensate for the losses.

On Beyond Organic: Agri-Tourism
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

B&B’s on farms? Pick your own blueberries? Pumpkin patches and corn mazes? Welcome to the growing world of agritourism, and the new wave of entrepreneurial farmers who are adapting to the interests of an increasingly urban population.

Harvard to Investigate Origins of Life
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Harvard University is joining the long-running debate over the theory of evolution by launching a research project to study how life began.

Solar Empowered
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Melanie Cleveland, The Tribune

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a program last August to establish a self-sufficient solar industry in 10 years by encouraging installation of solar panel systems in 1 million homes. The program -- currently at the top of the docket for California legislators -- could reduce carbon emissions equivalent to 850,000 cars each year, according to the Department of Energy

Scientists Track Alien Seaweed in Hawaii
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jaymes Song

An alien seaweed introduced here 31 years ago has spread rapidly throughout Hawaii and has even reached the remote, unspoiled Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which has scientists worried.

Study Reveals Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When it comes to fishing tasty termites out of their mounds, wild chimpanzees don't have the right stuff. Most, in fact, are southpaws. A three-year study of 17 wild chimps in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, found that 12 of them used their left hands when using sticks to probe for termites.

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