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Hope Gone, Indian Farmers See Suicide as a Way Out
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Terry Friel, Reuters

Even when Putta Shankara was lucky enough to find back-breaking casual work as a farm laborer, his debt to the local moneylender rose four times more than his earnings.

New Mother in Storm-Ravaged Gonaives Faces Huge Challenges
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Amy Bracken, Associated Press

There was no baby shower for Guirlene Mondestin, no swaddling clothes, no cradle, no toys.

Federal Grant to Help Build "Clean Coal' Plant in Orange County, Fla.
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Louis Hau, St. Petersburg Times, Fla.

It sounds like a can't-miss proposition: The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $235-million grant on Thursday toward the construction of a high-tech "clean coal" power plant in eastern Orange County that will generate more than 1,800 jobs.

Middlesex County, N.J., Supports Fertilizer Plant
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Jonathan Tamari, Home News Tribune, East Brunswick, N.J.

Plans for a Woodbridge plant that would turn food waste into fertilizer took a step forward last night as the Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to add the facility to the county's solid-waste-management plan.

U.S. Mining Giant Newmont to File Lawsuit over Jailed Executives
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

U.S. mining giant Newmont Mining Co. will file a lawsuit against Indonesian police, demanding they release five company executives jailed amid claims that one of its gold mines polluted a bay in central Indonesia, a spokesman said Friday.

FBI and IRS Agents Search Offices of Striking Water Union in Puerto Rico
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Ricardo Zuniga, Associated Press

FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents spent hours this week searching the offices of a water company union for documents pertaining to a medical insurance plan that has been the focus of a 17-day strike.

Japan And New Zealand to Study Undersea Volcanoes with Mini Sub
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japanese and New Zealand marine scientists are to study two active undersea volcanoes and life forms near their vents using a mini sub, they said Thursday.

South Korean Munitions Violated Nuclear Accord, Says Group
October 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Jack Kim, Reuters

South Korea produced antitank munitions in the 1980s using depleted uranium imported for nonmilitary use and failed to make required disclosures, a South Korean lawmaker and an environmental group said on Thursday.

German Study Links Traffic Jams and Heart Attacks
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Greg Frost, Reuters

In a study that gives new meaning to the concept of a "killer commute," researchers have concluded that people caught in traffic are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack within the hour than those who aren't tied up on the road.

Despite Thick Smog, French Air Force Team Struts Aerobatic Stuff for Hong Kong
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Min Lee, Associated Press

Roaring boldly through the smog, French air force stunt pilots performed spectacular aerobatic jet maneuvers Wednesday in a goodwill gesture from France that was marred by Hong Kong's filthy skies.

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