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Three Republican New Jersey Lawmakers Join Call to Protect the Arctic Refuge
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

New Jersey became a central battleground in the effort to block oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge last week when three members of the New Jersey GOP delegation signed a letter to their leadership urging that language authorizing drilling be kept out of the budget reconciliation bill to be considered this fall.

North Dakota Starts Draining Lake into Canada
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Roberta Rampton, Reuters

Despite Canadian fears of contamination, North Dakota began pumping water Monday from its Devils Lake floodlands into a system that leads eventually into a commercial fishery north of the U.S. border.

Thousands Without Shelter after Heavy Rains Flood Sudan's North Darfur State
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Mohamed Osman, Associated Press

Heavy rains have damaged a dam and caused flooding that has left thousands of people without shelter in the capital of North Darfur state and a nearby camp for displaced people, government officials said Monday.

Malaysian Firemen Help Indonesia To Fight Blazes
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Bazuki Muhammad and Muklis Ali, Reuters

Malaysia sent a team of 100 firemen to neighbouring Indonesia on Monday to help douse forest fires that have blanketed the region in noxious haze.

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

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