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Supreme Court Nominee's Vote in Toad Case Is Dissected for Legal Views
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Gina Holland, Associated Press

A toad may offer insight into John Roberts' legal philosophy. The Supreme Court nominee voted against the amphibian in a 2003 case testing the powers of the federal government, a decision that suggests he may be inclined to support state or local interests on issues from civil rights to pollution control if confirmed to the high court.

Rare Beetle Found in Massachusetts Forest
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

A species of beetle never before seen in North America has been discovered in a Massachusetts forest, but the Asian insect does not appear to pose an ecological threat, experts said Monday.

California Air Regulators Announce New Emission Factor for Dairies
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

Dairies are the No. 1 source of smog-producing pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, producing more than even cars and light trucks, according to a report released by air regulators on Monday.

Federal Agency Proposes Pulling Pygmy Owl from Endangered List
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Davenport, Associated Press

A federal agency announced that it will propose the removal of the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl in Arizona from the list of threatened and endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's action on Monday follows years of legal battles, including an appellate court decision which the agency cited as the basis for its new proposal.

Researcher Finds Bird Emits Mosquito Repellent
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bird species found in some parts of Western Alaska is believed to emit a natural mosquito repellent with properties similar to DEET, the key ingredient in many commercial repellents.

Researchers Say Arctic Teeming With Life
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Beneath its ice, the Arctic Ocean is teeming with life, says a team of international scientists that just completed a 30-day expedition to the northern ocean. With the aid of a remote-operated underwater vehicle, a photo platform lowered from the vessel, diving suits and 24-hour sunlight, the team collected samples from places never before seen by the human eye.

Israeli Zoo in Gaza Poised to Evacuate Animals
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Saul, Reuters

A zoo in a Jewish settlement in Gaza has answered the call to evacuate ahead of Israel's planned pullout from the occupied territory. Hundreds of snakes, birds and other animals from the 10-acre Katifari zoo in Gush Katif, Gaza's largest settlement bloc, will join the evacuation.

Louisiana Agonizes over the Future of its Majestic Cypress Forests
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Bald cypress, Louisiana's state tree, has never been sacred. If anything, using the great wood has always been the Louisiana way. But that could change if Gov. Kathleen Blanco decides that Louisiana's sinking and disappearing coastline just can't take another culling of its majestic delta forests.

Scientists are Seeing More Dead Birds, Fewer Fish on the Pacific Coast
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Marine biologists are seeing mysterious and disturbing things along the Pacific Coast this year: higher water temperatures, plummeting catches of fish, lots of dead birds on the beaches, and perhaps most worrisome, very little plankton -- the tiny organisms that are a vital link in the ocean food chain.

On Beyond Organic: Native Traditions, Food and Culture
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

From tribal salmon fishermen in the Pacific Northwest, to reintroducing traditional tepary beans in the Southwest, Native American communities are pioneering the interconnection between food, heritage and sustainable economies.

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