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Animals Healthy at Jackson's Ranch, USDA Says
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rest easy animal lovers: the giraffes, elephants, snakes, monkeys and other assorted wildlife at Michael Jackson's private zoo on his Neverland Valley Ranch in central California are fine.

Pollution-Cutting Infrared System for Aircraft Deicing Opens at Oslo Airport
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Europe's first aircraft deicing hangar using infrared heat rather than polluting chemicals opened at Oslo Airport-Gardermoen on Wednesday, airport officials said.

Drought Puts Kenya's Wildlife at Risk
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

A severe drought which has left millions of people hungry across East Africa is now threatening Kenya's famous animals, which are straying out of protected areas in search of water, wildlife officials said.

New Law Forces Manufacturers to Pick up Recycling Costs
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Jerry Harkavy, Associated Press

A first-in-the-nation law went into effect Wednesday in Maine, requiring makers of televisions and computer monitors to pick up the tab to recycle and safely dispose of their products once they are discarded.

Judge Rules Alaskan Wolf-Killing Program Illegal
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A judge declared illegal Tuesday Alaska's controversial program of shooting wolves from the air to boost the population of moose and other game, prompting state officials to suspend the policy.

New Animal Species Found in California Caves
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Twenty-seven previously unknown species of spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures and other animals have been discovered in the dark, damp caves beneath two national parks in the Sierra Nevada.

Experts to Search Bangladesh for Sandpiper
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Parveen Ahmed, Associated Press

A team of international bird experts will begin surveying the Bangladeshi coast Tuesday in search of the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, whose population they believe has dwindled to just 350 pairs.

French Defense Minister Confident about Indian Court Decision on Dismantling Warship
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

France's defense minister expressed confidence Tuesday that India's Supreme Court would allow a decommissioned French warship into Indian waters despite a debate over the waste it carries.

In Shadow of Foreign-Owned Refineries, Bolivia's Poor Wait for Energy Profits
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

Bolivia's state-owned oil company sold the refinery and another for $100 million in the 1990s in a privatization wave intended to boost production and exports from its huge natural gas reserves.

Raw Sewage Spill Closes California Beaches
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two million gallons of raw sewage spilled onto Southern California beaches, closing some 10 miles of coastline to surfers and beach goers for days, officials said Tuesday.

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