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State Environment Agency Tells Coca-Cola To Shut Plant in Southern India
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - V.M. Thomas, Assocated Press

The pollution control head of India's southern Kerala state said Friday he has ordered Coca Cola Co. to close one of its largest bottling plants in the country for failing to comply with environmental regulations.

Cruise Ships Getting Bigger, Causing Some Port and Passenger Trouble
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Pain, Associated Press

Cruise lines have been battling for decades to outclass their competitors' ships by making vessels longer, bigger and full of amenities like mall-size promenades and ice skating rinks. What started as small refurbished ferries with little to do onboard have turned into vessels bigger than aircraft carriers.

Green Mountain Power Trucks to Run on Green Fuel
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The next time you pass a Green Mountain Power linetruck on the highway, you may notice a slight smell of French fries. That's because Green Mountain Power's fleet of linetrucks will begin using biodiesel fuel, an alternative fuel made from animal fat and vegetable oil, primarily soybean, as a result of a new fuel arrangement with Champlain Oil Company.

San Francisco Municipal Railway Orders 56 Hybrid Electric Buses
August 22, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The San Francisco Municipal Railway has ordered 56 hybrid diesel electric buses from the DaimlerChrysler's transit bus brand Orion, with an option for 56 more units.

Fugitive L.A. Alligator Becomes Local Folk Hero
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

More than a week after a man-sized alligator stunned authorities by surfacing in a murky Los Angeles lake, the fugitive reptile has already become a folk hero in the gritty neighborhood where he continues to outwit wranglers and elude capture.

Rain-Sodden Swedes Consoled by Mushroom Mania
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Stephen Brown, Reuters

When Prime Minister Goran Persson wanted to cheer up Swedes enduring the wettest summer for 13 years, he first tried promising more jobs. Then, he hit upon their weak spot: mushrooms.

Sexy Posters to Protect Mexico's Turtles
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Sex sells everything from diet products to car tires, but Mexican authorities have found a new use for posters of scantily dressed young women: protecting endangered sea turtles.

Newmont Mining to Challenge Pollution Case
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The world's largest gold mining company will return to court Friday to defend itself against charges that it polluted a bay in Indonesia, sickening villagers who lived nearby. Lawyers for Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. are expected to argue that the investigation was flawed and that the law has been poorly applied.

Scientists Try to Save Rare and Randy Warbler
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Europe's rarest songbird is facing extinction, despite being the most promiscuous and energetic lover in the avian world, and concerned scientists are looking urgently for ways to save it.

Cameroon Dam Nears Collapse, 10,000 Lives at Risk
August 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Tansa Musa, Reuters

A natural dam holding back a lake in Cameroon is on the verge of collapse, threatening to unleash a wall of water into neighbouring Nigeria and sweep away 10,000 people in its path, a scientist warned on Thursday.

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