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Residents of Russian City Shun Tap Water as Chemical Slick Flows By
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press

Anna Kurzhitskaya went to Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday to pray for protection from the Chinese chemical spill flowing past Khabarovsk in Russia's Far East.

Damaged New Orleans Goes to Dogs for Therapy
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Russell McCulley, Reuters

Volunteers from Hope Animal-Assisted Crisis Recovery arrived in New Orleans this week with a dozen therapy dogs and have been making the rounds at FEMA disaster recovery centers.

Scientists Find Cache of Dodo Bird Bones
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

Scientists said they likely have found a complete skeleton of the long-extinct Dodo bird. The last recorded sighting of a live bird was in 1663.

China Dumps Chemicals To Try To Clean Toxic River
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

China is dumping chemicals into a southern river to try to neutralise a toxic spill and contain the second environmental disaster to hit the country in as many months.

Mexico's Snowy 'Smoking Mountain' Spits Ash, Rocks
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Mexico's giant Popocatepetl volcano threw up an ash column almost 2 miles high and spat glowing rocks down its snow-clad slopes Sunday, but nearby towns were not affected.

Japan Resumes Whaling after Escape Bid
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Mike Corder, Associated Press

A Japanese whaling fleet has started whaling again after spending more than 40 hours trying to escape Greenpeace protesters in remote icy waters near Antarctica.

Outlook Grim for Toga, the Stolen UK Penguin
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Police said on Thursday they feared the worst for a baby penguin whose plight has prompted headlines around the world after he was stolen from a British zoo five days ago.

Alaska Braces for Possible Volcanic Eruption
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A restless volcano near Alaska's most populated region is being watched by scientists and officials, who warned Thursday of the risk of clouds of ash and a tsunami from a possible eruption.

Rare Frigate Bird Flies Thousands of Miles across Asia in Search of Food
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A Christmas Island frigate bird named Lydia recently made a nonstop journey of just over 26 days and covering nearly 2,500 miles in search of food for her baby.

House Task Force Recommends Changes To Speed Federal Projects
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

A House task force is recommending changes to a landmark environmental law to speed up road and other federal projects that lawmakers say are frequently plagued by delays.

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