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Cathedral Gets Offspring of Ancient Tree
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jacob Adelman, Associated Press

The National Cathedral will celebrate the holidays this year with an unusual Christmas tree: a pine seedling whose parent is said to be the oldest known tree on earth.

Great Lakes Cleanup May Hit $20 Billion
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Stern, Reuters

The cost of a Great Lakes cleanup plan unveiled Monday by a White House-backed group could reach $20 billion, a price that Washington has already said the U.S. government cannot afford.

Mass Stranding of Whales, Dolphins on Cape Cod Investigated
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Animal protection workers were investigating Monday the mass stranding and death of 24 pilot whales and 15 dolphins during a winter storm on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Study Pinpoints Species Facing Extinction Threat
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Conducted by scientists working with the 52-member Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a new study identifies 794 species on the brink of oblivion.

Dallas Cowboys May Get Flexibility in How They Replace Trees
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Sally Claunch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

When building their new stadium, the Dallas Cowboys will have to replace as many trees as any other business that builds in Arlington, as required by the city's commercial tree ordinance.

Business Groups Back Expanded U.S. Gulf Oil Drilling
December 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Peltier, Reuters

Citing rising fuel costs and a widening energy gap, a coalition of business leaders Monday backed a proposal to expand oil and gas exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. SeaWorld Claims Dolphin Breeding Breakthrough
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

SeaWorld San Diego said Friday it succeeded in selecting the gender of a baby dolphin.

Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Seven one-pound riparian brush rabbits were released Friday as part of a five year, $2.6 million effort to restore one of California's most endangered mammals.

Hong Kong Hoards Herbs in Case of Flu
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Willow Duttge, Associated Press

In the event of a deadly super-flu outbreak, herbalist Wong Chi-sun is putting his trust not in Tamiflu, but in what looks like a plastic zip-lock bag full of some really bad weed.

Myanmar, Thailand Sign Agreement To Build Controversial Hydropower Dam
December 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Myanmar has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand to build a hydropower plant on Southeast Asia's longest free-flowing river.

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