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Mysterious Reptile Evades Capture in L.A. Park
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats.

Powerful Quake Hits Northern Japan; Small Tsunami Reported, Buildings Collapse
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Shizuo Kambayashi, Associated Press

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Tuesday and injured at least 60 people, triggering a small tsunami, sending debris crashing into a crowded swimming pool and shaking skyscrapers as far away as Tokyo.

Changing Levels at Arizona Lakes Proves Costly for Park Service
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

Drought caused the water levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead to plunge, forcing the federal government to shell out millions to compensate for the losses.

On Beyond Organic: Agri-Tourism
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

B&B’s on farms? Pick your own blueberries? Pumpkin patches and corn mazes? Welcome to the growing world of agritourism, and the new wave of entrepreneurial farmers who are adapting to the interests of an increasingly urban population.

Harvard to Investigate Origins of Life
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Harvard University is joining the long-running debate over the theory of evolution by launching a research project to study how life began.

Solar Empowered
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Melanie Cleveland, The Tribune

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a program last August to establish a self-sufficient solar industry in 10 years by encouraging installation of solar panel systems in 1 million homes. The program -- currently at the top of the docket for California legislators -- could reduce carbon emissions equivalent to 850,000 cars each year, according to the Department of Energy

Scientists Track Alien Seaweed in Hawaii
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jaymes Song

An alien seaweed introduced here 31 years ago has spread rapidly throughout Hawaii and has even reached the remote, unspoiled Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which has scientists worried.

Study Reveals Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When it comes to fishing tasty termites out of their mounds, wild chimpanzees don't have the right stuff. Most, in fact, are southpaws. A three-year study of 17 wild chimps in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, found that 12 of them used their left hands when using sticks to probe for termites.

Asarco's Bankruptcy Leaves Environmentalists Wondering about Cleanups
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Stauffer, The Arizona Daily Star

Tucson-based Asarco LLC's recent filing for bankruptcy protection has environmentalists ruing a 2-year-old court settlement that created what now appears to be a paltry environmental trust fund.

Advocates Hope Credit Moves Solar Power Beyond Niche
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Louis Hau, St. Petersburg Times

The U.S. solar power industry is about to enjoy a moment in the sun. A new federal tax credit for household purchases of solar power equipment -- the first such credit for residential customers in two decades -- will take effect Jan. 1.

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