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Chevrolet's Hybrid Pickup is New Model at Tampa, Fla., Auto Show
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Alan Snel, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Stroll near this truck at the Tampa Bay International Auto Show and you'll find it hard to keep walking by.

Columbia, Md.-Based Chemical Firm Faces Probe Concerning Asbestos Contamination
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Stacey Hirsh, The Baltimore Sun

W.R. Grace & Co., the Columbia-based chemical company, said yesterday that it is being investigated by a federal grand jury in connection with asbestos contamination in a small Montana town where it once operated.

Alaska Gas Pipeline Gaining Momentum, But Investors Still Worry About Risks
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer

A 3,500-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the fuel-hungry Midwest is suddenly more than a pipe dream.

BP Again Accused of Safety Violations in Alaska
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

State oil industry regulators have proposed a $117,500 civil fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for possibly violating rules on monitoring and preventing dangerous pressure buildup in Prudhoe Bay wells.

China Welcomes Russian Approval of Kyoto Protocol
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

China welcomed on Thursday Russia's ratification of the Kyoto climate change protocol and urged countries that have not done so to follow suit.

Refinery and Chemical Workers Are Not Ready for an Attack, Says Survey
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Workers at U.S. refineries, chemical plants, and paper mills that might be attractive terrorist targets are not adequately trained to prevent or respond to attacks, according a survey released this week.

Polish Ex-spy Chief Says Russia Flexes Oil Muscle
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Adam Jasser, Reuters

Russia is seeking to re-establish its grip on ex-communist countries in central Europe through its near monopoly on oil and gas, a former Polish chief spy says.

Drought Threatens the Lives of Some 4 Million People in Southeastern Ethiopia
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press

Four years of successive rain failures in southeastern Ethiopia have set off a drought that is threatening the lives of 4 million people, the United Nations warned Thursday.

Indian State to Export Farmers to East Africa
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - S. Radha Kumar, Reuters

A southern Indian state plans to send hundreds of farmers to east Africa to cultivate farmland in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, officials said on Thursday.

Africa Power Firms Join to Light Up Dark Continent
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Alistair Thomson, Reuters

The latest scheme to spread electric light in Africa may sound familiar, but this time African leaders say they have the will, and financial backing, to succeed.

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