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Senate Bill Would Open Millions of Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil, Gas Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Senate is taking up an election-year bill that would open a large area of the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. The bill would affect an 8.3 million-acre area believed to contain large amounts of natural gas and 1.3 billion barrels of oil.

Drought Shrinks Brazil's Famous Iguacu Falls
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An unusual dry spell has shrunk Brazil's postcard-famous Iguacu Falls to less than one-fifth its normal size, a near-record low, local media said Tuesday.

Wildfire Burns Near Beverly Hills Neighborhood
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

A wildfire raced through a scenic canyon toward an exclusive Beverly Hills neighborhood Tuesday, but firefighters brought the flames under control before they could reach the multimillion-dollar homes.

Researchers Discover New Type of Cricket
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers say they have discovered a new type of cricket in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. What makes the new genus of cricket special is that it has functional pincers on its hind end.

Texas, Illinois Vie for Near-Zero-Emissions Coal Power Plant Project
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Quinn, Associated Press

Texas and Illinois will compete for the world's first near-zero-emissions coal power plant, a $1 billion project headed by the U.S. Department of Energy and a consortium of 10 energy companies from the United States, China and Australia.

Study Hints Language Skills Came Early in Primates
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Language centers in the brains of rhesus macaques light up when the monkeys hear calls and screams from fellow monkeys, researchers said in a study that suggests language skills evolved early in primates.

U.S. House May Link Higher Gas Mileage, Oil Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The House could accept a Senate proposal to boost vehicle mileage requirements as part of legislation to open more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling, a key House lawmaker said Tuesday.

Brazil Soy Industry Boycotts Beans from the Amazon
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazilian soy crushers and exporters will stop buying soybeans grown in the Amazon basin for the time being, industry groups said Monday, bowing to pressure from activist groups trying to preserve the rain forest.

Global Warming Puts Twelve U.S. Parks at Risk
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears.

House Approves Wilderness Bills
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The House approved a series of bills Monday to protect national forest land in the West, including the designation of new wilderness areas in three Western states.

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