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South American Rodents Found in Seattle
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A water-loving rodent native to South America that has destroyed thousands of acres of wetlands in the southeast has been spotted near Lake Washington.

Activists March against France's Plans to Build New Generation of Nuclear Reactors
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press

More than 10,000 French activists marched in silence to honor victims of the Chernobyl disaster 20 years ago, part of a larger protest denouncing France's plans to build more nuclear reactors.

Nation's Energy Needs Open New, Old Opportunities
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - James Hannah, Associated Press

Coal mining was once king in the state's Appalachian foothills. But the industry went into a nosedive in the 1980s because of falling foreign demand and increased production of cheaper coal from Western states.

Tiny Owl May Be Taken Off Endangered List
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A tiny desert owl is set to be taken off the federal government's endangered species list, drawing praise from developers but protests from environmentalists.

Scientists Say Red Tide Encore Not Certain
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Ryan, Associated Press

The red tide of algae that choked the Massachusetts coast last year may not, as scientists had feared, come back year after year for a recurring summer encore.

As Massive South Korean Land Plan Nears End, Critics Cry Foul
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Jack Kim, Reuters

Massive earthmovers and trucks roar as they dump rocks the size of cars into the sea off South Korea's west coast in a map-altering reclamation project at the center of a bitter environmental dispute.

'Nuisance' Beavers Increasingly Face Bounties
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Suhr, Associated Press

At first, Charles Luehmann considered the beavers cute, with their whiskers, buckteeth and flat tails. But it wasn't long before he found nothing endearing about the animals' dams, ruggedly engineered of hundreds of his trees they methodically toppled.

Study Finds Melting Sea Ice a Danger to Walruses
April 17, 2006 12:00 AM - JoAnne Allen, Reuters

Arctic researchers who discovered a surprising number of abandoned baby walruses say melting sea ice may be the culprit, according to a study in the April issue of Aquatic Mammals.

Some Worms Like It Really, Really Hot, Study Finds
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A species of worm that thrives on undersea hot-water vents prefers the hottest water possible, choosing to live at temperatures that kill other animals, researchers reported Thursday.

Habitat for the Red-Legged Frog Reduced
April 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it reduced its protected habitat designation for the California red-legged frog to about 450,000 acres -- down 40 percent from its previous proposal.

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