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Half China Fast-Food Containers Health Hazard, Paper Says
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Half the disposable fast-food containers, bowls and spoons used in China are hazardous to health, the China Daily said, quoting the results of a nationwide investigation.

Chicken Excrement for Fish Stirs Concern in Vietnam
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The practice of using chicken excrement to feed fish in southern Vietnam is threatening millions of people with bird flu in Ho Chi Minh City and should be stopped, state media said on Monday.

New Rules on Illegal Trails Don't Go Far Enough, Critics Say
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

Forest Service ranger Kevin Slagle struggles to keep his balance as he slides down a crudely cut trail in the Mount Hood National Forest. Not only is the rocky dirt path treacherous, Slagle says, it is eroding the land and hurting native trout and other species of animals.

EPA Promises Lead-Remodeling Regulation by End of Year
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it would propose regulations by the end of the year to limit people's exposures to lead paint during home remodeling.

Lands Could Reopen to Logging
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

A deal between the Bush administration and timber industry probably will restart chain saws across millions of acres of Western Oregon in the next few years, including reserves set aside for the northern spotted owl and other wildlife.

Salmon Harvest Marks Third Largest Catch Ever
November 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Margaret Bauman, Alaska Journal of Commerce

Alaska's commercial fisheries harvested 206.1 million salmon of all species in 2005, with an estimated total value of $295.3 million, making the catch the third largest on record, state fisheries officials said.

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.

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