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Lawmakers Near Agreement on Broad Energy Bill
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

House and Senate negotiators are awaiting completion of an $11.5 billion tax package before giving final approval to an sweeping compromise energy bill that Congress hopes to send to President Bush by week's end.

Now Streaming Live: Pacific Walruses
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Inklebarger, Associated Pre

Wallowing and snorting as they jockey for position on the rocks, the two-ton walruses may not be the prettiest of Internet reality show stars. But two cameras installed at the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary off Alaska's southwest coast are giving scientists and Web surfers alike the chance to follow the drama of the Bering Sea mammals' everyday lives.

Queen Elizabeth to Use Water to Help Power Windsor Castle
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Queen Elizabeth II plans to use water from the River Thames to help power Windsor Castle in the Royal family's latest environmental project, Buckingham Palace announced Monday.

Brothers, Town Officials Envision Nature Park in Abandoned Area
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Gregory Seay, The Hartford Courant

Scuba divers, dozens of them in black wet and dry suits, cluster like penguins on the stony promontory at the edge of the watery north quarry. Sean P. Hayes -- who with his two older brothers shares an ambitious plan to revive the quarry, starting next spring, as a multi-activity water-nature park -- uses color drawings to describe their multimillion-dollar vision to visitors.

Lightly Polluted Sites Seek Developers
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Voorhis, The Wichita Eagle

The vacant warehouses and former machine shops that litter the Wichita area can, and occasionally do, bloom again. But that rebirth is made harder by the fear that buyers will have to pay to clean up spilled oil, dry cleaning fluid or other pollutants.

Wal-Mart Hopes 'Green' Store Brings Greenbacks
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Emily Kaiser, Reuters

Welcome to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s experimental environmentally friendly store in this northern suburb of Dallas, where the world's biggest -- and notoriously cost-conscious -- retailer is trying to determine whether being green can also be profitable.

PNM Resources Seeks LEED Certification for New Building
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

PNM Resources is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a new Information Technology office building now under construction.

Genetics Leave Felines Without Sweet Tooth
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest. Now, there's a scientific theory explaining, at least in part, why cats have such snobby eating habits: genetics.

Hazy Cloud of Saharan Dust Nearing U.S.
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An enormous, hazy cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is blowing toward the southern United States, but meteorologists do not expect much effect beyond colorful sunsets. The leading edge of the cloud -- nearly the size of the continental United States -- should move across Florida sometime from Monday through Wednesday.

Chinese Farmers' Dispute with Factory Shows Rural Anger, Loss of Faith in Government
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press

Farmers had long feared the runoff from the pharmaceutical factory. It turned irrigation water to a greasy, red sludge and stunted vegetable crops. They blamed it for a local rise in cancer and birth defects.

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