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Valentine Roses, Candy Go PC
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune

The recipe for romance used to be so simple: Flowers. Chocolate. Jewelry. But if your sweetheart has a social conscience, such tokens of affection could miss the target by a mile.

Study Finds Higher Level of Exposure to Mercury
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

A national study that tested samples of human hair for mercury suggests that as many as one in every seven women of childbearing age in Texas has been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the substance.

Seattle's Waterfront Reshaped by New Sculpture Park
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Jackson Holtz, Associated Press

Artists and city planners are reshaping Seattle's largest undeveloped downtown water front -- a toxic vacant lot -- into a sculpture park, museum and environmental restoration project.

U.S. Geological Survey to Study Fault Line
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Scientists plan to use $2 million in federal "seed money" to try to learn more about the southern San Andreas Fault, including a segment that has not ruptured in more than three centuries.

Yellowstone Reopens Facility for Bison
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Authorities at Yellowstone National Park reopened a capture facility near the park's northern border Friday, two weeks after shutting it down, to hold more bison that had ventured too far into Montana.

East Africa People and Wildlife Struggle to Share Precious Land and Water
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press

Elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals drink water on one side of a swamp. On the other, Maasai warriors watch hundreds of cattle graze as the tropical sun sears the parched land.

Northern China Wetlands Drying Up
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The wetlands along northern China's biggest river system are drying up because of the thirst of an expanding population and a fast-growing economy, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

As Underground Water Vanishes, Plains Towns Brace for Costly Future
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Garance Burke, Associated Press

The Ogallala aquifer, the vast underground pool that feeds faucets across the Great Plains, is running low, forcing farmers and towns to find other sources of water and pay dearly for it, too.

Bush Administration Details Billion-Dollar Plan for Public Land Sales
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The Bush administration on Friday detailed its proposal to sell more than 300,000 acres of national forests and other public land to help pay for rural schools in 41 states.

Japan Faces Whale Meat Glut
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Hiroko Tabuchi, Associated Press

Tokyo has a dilemma: by rapidly expanding its whale hunt, Japan now kills more of the giant mammals than its consumers care to eat.

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