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Nothing Shelled out for Beaches
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Barbara Barrett, The News & Observer

President Bush's proposed budget doesn't include money to restore a single grain of sand to North Carolina's eroding coastline. Once again, getting the money comes down to lobbying Congress.

Indian Court Orders New Panel for 'Toxic' Ship
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

India's Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new panel be set up to investigate whether a "toxic" French warship should be let into India to be broken for scrap, after a committee failed to make a firm recommendation.

Scientists Discover New Assassin Spiders
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Researchers scouring the remote forests of the African island nation of Madagascar have found that tiny assassin spiders, grotesque-looking bugs that prey on other spiders, are more diverse than previously thought.

Pollution Leaves Two Runners Critically Ill after Hong Kong Marathon
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Twenty-two people were taken to hospital and two of them were in critical condition after taking part in Hong Kong's biggest marathon amid the worst air pollution levels in months, the government said on Monday.

Starving Cattle Put Kenya Wildlife at Risk
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Fredrik Dahl, Reuters

Desperate Maasai herdsmen are driving cattle into one of Kenya's largest national parks in search of scarce water and pasture, threatening its famous wild animals and the habitat that brings the state much-needed tourist revenue.

Shark Attacks Fall in 2005 as Humans Fight Back
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Jane Sutton, Reuters

Shark attacks dropped in 2005 because people are fighting back more often when threatened and the ranks of ocean predators are thinning, a University of Florida report said Monday.

Valentine Roses, Candy Go PC
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune

The recipe for romance used to be so simple: Flowers. Chocolate. Jewelry. But if your sweetheart has a social conscience, such tokens of affection could miss the target by a mile.

Study Finds Higher Level of Exposure to Mercury
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News

A national study that tested samples of human hair for mercury suggests that as many as one in every seven women of childbearing age in Texas has been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the substance.

Seattle's Waterfront Reshaped by New Sculpture Park
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Jackson Holtz, Associated Press

Artists and city planners are reshaping Seattle's largest undeveloped downtown water front -- a toxic vacant lot -- into a sculpture park, museum and environmental restoration project.

U.S. Geological Survey to Study Fault Line
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Scientists plan to use $2 million in federal "seed money" to try to learn more about the southern San Andreas Fault, including a segment that has not ruptured in more than three centuries.

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