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Schools Look To Forests for Heating Fuel
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Anne Wallace Allen, Associated Press

The tiny Council School District used to pour thousands of dollars into outmoded oil and electric heaters. Nearby, the Forest Service burned brush piles on the mountainsides to keep the brush from fueling forest fires in dry summers.

Bland Fall Foliage Blunts Tourism in Northern U.S.
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jason Szep, Reuters

In her quiet Vermont town, Cynthia Beaudette cannot recall a stranger autumn. The foliage that usually explodes in brilliant reds, yellows and orange across New England, drawing in thousands of tourists and their spending, was the dullest ever, she says.

California Family Wins Record $22.6 Million Settlement over Toxic Mold in Home
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A family who claims toxic mold in their home caused brain damage in their baby has reached a $22.6 million settlement against a lumber company and 16 other defendants.

Trash Haulers Move Mountains, Yet More To Go
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Diana Moskovitz and Phil Long, Miami Herald

That mountainous mess of Wilma debris filling your front yard and killing your grass is not going to vanish overnight. Think more like New Year's night -- perhaps later. It may be 2006 before all the trash from Wilma is gone from South Florida, waste-management officials in Miami-Dade and Broward counties say.

In the New China, There's Time To Chase the Nation's Own Loch Ness Monster
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

Reports of a Chinese "Bigfoot" have been picked up by the official Xinhua News Agency, while tourists have searched for the "Xiao Yeren," small wild men. UFO sightings are treated with great seriousness. A conference on the topic was held in September, and UFO buffs claim support from eminent scientists and liaisons with the country's secretive military.

Longline Fishing Rules Limit Bird Deaths
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

New rules for longline fishing in the islands are saving the lives of sea birds who attempt to steal bait from hooks meant for swordfish, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council said Thursday.

Kerry Says Science Under Attack by Right-Wing Ideologues
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Glen Johnson, Associated Press

Democratic Sen. John Kerry said Friday that science is under attack by right-wing ideologues and the Bush administration, citing their "rigid refusal to listen to what the Earth is trying to tell us."

Global Warming Could Help Salmon in Norway, Report Says
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Global warming may benefit salmon in Norwegian rivers by causing more rainfall that dilutes industrial acids blown from other parts of Europe, scientists said on Friday.

Mexico Coral Reef Set Back 100 Years by Wilma
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A fragile coral reef off the coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula could take more than a century to recover from a thrashing by Hurricane Wilma last month, the government said Friday.

Democratic Senator Says He Will Block EPA Nominees over Lead Paint Questions
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he will block all of President Bush's nominees to key positions in the Environmental Protection Agency until it issues long-overdue regulations limiting people's exposure to lead paint from house remodeling.

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