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E. Coli Found in Cattle Feces in Spinach Probe
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

California officials have discovered E. coli in cattle feces on pastures near farms being investigated as possible sources of spinach contaminated with the bacteria, which caused a nationwide outbreak of food poisoning, a state health officer said Tuesday.

Canada Begins Talks on Tougher Auto-Emission Rules
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Louise Egan, Reuters

Canada's Conservative government notified auto industry chief executives on Tuesday that it plans to impose mandatory vehicle emissions standards after a current voluntary agreement expires in 2010.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Nearly Over, Forecaster Says
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

A noted U.S. hurricane forecaster said Tuesday there will be just one more hurricane this year, a welcome relief after the devastation caused last year by hurricanes like Katrina.

Brown Widow Makes Its Home on Gulf Coast
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As if the West Nile-toting mosquito isn't enough to worry Mississippians, add the poisonous Latrodectus geometricus to the state's list of creepy-crawly creatures.

Sewage, Coastal Destruction Threaten Marine Life
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

Sewage is a growing threat to oceans and seas, putting at risk marine life and habitats as the pollution problem escalates, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report on Wednesday.

Scientists Question U.S. Government Air Pollution Decision
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Pollution experts have "serious scientific concerns" that newly unveiled U.S. air quality standards may pose risks to human health and welfare, according to a letter made public Tuesday.

United Nations to Consider Deep Sea Trawling Ban
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michelle Nichols, Reuters

The United Nations needs to stop the destruction of deep sea ecosystems by banning fishermen from trawling nets on the ocean floor, Australia, New Zealand and Palau, joined by actress Sigourney Weaver, said Tuesday.

Great Lakes Dunes Face Threats
October 4, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

Known as Pigeon Hill, the Lake Michigan dune towered 30 stories high on the south side of Muskegon. Formed over thousands of years, it disappeared in three decades as its sand was mined for industrial use in the mid-20th century.

Potomac Sees Increase in Snakehead Fish
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists say the northern snakehead fish seems to be expanding in the Potomac River, which runs along West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

Ameren to Pay Largest Fine in FERC History for Missouri Reservoir Collapse
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Christopher Leonard, Associated Press

Ameren Corp. agreed to pay federal regulators a $15 million fine for the reservoir collapse that unleashed more than a billion gallons of water, destroying a state park and injuring a family last year, officials said Monday.

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