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Endangered Ferrets Make Comeback in Arizona
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Endangered black-footed ferrets are reproducing more and surviving longer in the wild in Arizona than they have since recovery efforts began nearly a decade ago, wildlife biologists say.

Military Says Quake Destroyed Three-Quarters of Sumatra's Western Coastline
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Lely T. Djuhari, Associated Press

From Indonesia to India, workers rushed to bury corpses to ward off disease Wednesday as cargo planes touched down with promised aid -- from lentils to water purifiers -- to help the region cope with its tsunami catastrophe. The death toll across Asia and Africa soared to nearly 68,000.

Tsunami Swallows Most of Southern Sri Lanka Town
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - David Fox, Reuters

his story is datelined Hambantota, Wednesday, but in reality most of the town doesn't exist anymore. Situated on a narrow strip of land on Sri Lanka's south coast, it fronted the Indian Ocean, while to the rear lay a big lagoon -- partly mangrove and partly reclaimed for salt farming.

Texas Panel Finishes Energy Blueprint
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Julie Breaux, Odessa American

The Texas Energy Planning Council has created a blueprint its members believe will ensure the state remains the nation's leading energy producer.

Villagers Drop Suit Against Denver-Based Mining Firm
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Kelly Yamanouchi, The Denver Post

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a $543 million lawsuit against PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, a subsidiary of Denver's Newmont Mining Corp., after alleging that mercury waste from the company's Minahasa gold mine polluted Buyat Bay and sickened residents.

Nevada Commission Issues Solar Power Rebates, Adopts 'Green Power' Program
December 29, 2004 12:00 AM - John G. Edwards, Las Vegas Review-Journal

State regulators on Tuesday approved solar power rebates for 50 residential and small-business electric customers and adopted a program designed to help independent power developers secure financing for wind, solar and geothermal power projects.

Oil-Spill Cleanup Makes Progress on Mexican Beaches, but Pollution Persists
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Morgan Lee, Associated Press

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos on Monday announced it had recovered about two-thirds of the estimated 5,000-barrels of oil that spilled last week into a river feeding the Gulf of Mexico.

Indonesian Villagers Drop US$543 Million Lawsuit against Newmont
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a US$543 million lawsuit (euro398 million) against Newmont Mining Corp., which was accused of polluting a bay that sickened villagers, lawyers for both sides said Tuesday.

Dredging Helps Save Florida's Lake Panasoffkee from Itself
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Neil Johnson, Tampa Tribune

A 50-foot dredge being outfitted on the eastern shore of this 4,800-acre lake is an unlikely time machine. The hulking assembly of welded steel plates, cables and a pair of mufflers taller than a house could return Lake Panasoffkee to its near pristine condition from when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Thai Fishery Industry Fears Tsunami Threat to Coral Reefs, Biodiversity
December 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Phusadee Arunmas and Woranuj Maneerungsee, Bangkok Post

Damage to coral reefs and changes in sand layers as a result of the tidal waves on Sunday has raised concern about marine biodiversity among local fishermen, as Thai waters might no longer be a rich natural resource for certain species.

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