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Indonesia Will Seek out-of-Court Settlement in Newmont Pollution Case
May 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesia will press ahead with plans to charge six executives from U.S gold producer Newmont Mining Corp. over alleged pollution, but is willing to negotiate an out-of-court settlement in its $133.6 million lawsuit stemming from the case, the economics minister said Monday.

Invasive Wood-Killing Wasp Found in N.Y.
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The discovery of a pernicious wasp in New York, the first time it's been found in the wild in this country, has scientists worried about a scourge that has devastated pine forests in other parts of the world.

Crowded India Cities Face Conflict on Cows
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - David Guttenfelder, Associated Press

In largely Hindu India, where many animals are revered as sacred, the cow has always held a special place.

On 100th Anniversary, Western Hemisphere's Last Island Penal Colony Welcomes New Prisoners
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Eduardo Verdugo, Associated Press

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Western hemisphere's last functioning island penal colony, Mexico's Islas Marias penitentiary welcomed about 90 new prisoners, the latest bid to revive an island facility that was once slated for closure.

Plan to Drain Lake in North Dakota Nears Completion, but Canada Has Environmental Concerns
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

The goal posts of the former high school football field here stand as buoys in a marshy swamp, marking the edge of a burgeoning lake that was nine miles from this town just a decade ago.

Tsunami Rebuilding Stalls as Survivors Confront Government Delays, Political Squabbling
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Rare Mexican Gray Wolf Caught in N.M. Trap
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An endangered Mexican gray wolf that was part of a cattle-killing pack has been captured in the Gila National Forest. Six wild-born puppies, possibly wolf-dog hybrids, were euthanized.

Future Unclear on $2 Billion-a-Year U.S. Land Reserve
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Charles Abbott, Reuters

A vast amount of fragile land set aside for a taxpayer-funded conservation program that pays U.S. farmers $2 billion a year is about to lose its protected status, and environmentalists are demanding changes to bring more soil, water and wildlife benefits at a lower cost.

U.N. to Start Marathon in Bonn to Widen Kyoto
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A U.N. meeting in Germany next week will start a marathon bid to extend the U.N.'s Kyoto protocol on fighting global warming and persuade the United States and developing nations to take part from 2012.

California Judge Sides with Conservationists Opposed to Building Thousands of Homes Near Tahoe
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press

A judge has sided with conservationists trying to block construction of thousands of homes north of Lake Tahoe, saying a local development plan "builds in opportunities to create environmental mischief" and violates California law.

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