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Zoo Atlanta Gorilla Gives Birth to Twins
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has given birth to twins _ only the sixth time that's happened in a North American zoo since 1966.

North Korea Makes Virtue of Necessity
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is urging workers to produce more bicycles to cope with the lack of transport, improve people's health and prevent pollution just days after the country's first bike factory opened.

U.S. Proposes Protections for Imperiled Right Whales
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Some of the world's last Pacific right whales will get special protections in the Bering Sea to boost the animals' chances of avoiding extinction, the National Marine Fisheries Service said Tuesday.

Vermont Adopts New Rules To Cut Car CO2 Emissions
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - David Gram, Associated Press

Vermont on Wednesday approved stricter standards for vehicle emissions to reduce greenhouse gases, leading five other Northeastern states working on the same rules.

Ruling Against New Land-Use Law Sows Uncertainty across Oregon
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

For decades, Jean Jesse has dreamed of building a home on the plot she owns near the Portland suburb of Hillsboro. She may have to dream a little longer.

Climate Change Linked to Rise in Malaria, Asthma
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Climate change may promote the spread of deadly diseases like malaria and asthma in both rich and poor countries by increasing the range of parasitic insects and whipping up dust from storms, a new report says.

New Orleans' Toxic Soup Is Served Up All Over America -- A Guest Commentary
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. James Martin, The Martin Clinic

News of the "toxic soup" contained in the floodwaters of New Orleans has been making headlines around the world, but this recipe is served up daily in practically every city throughout the United States. While the recipes differ from state to state, the "backbone" ingredients -- pesticides, heavy metals, petroleum products and other industrial chemicals -- are virtually everywhere.

Cape Verde's Fragile Paradise on the Brink
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Emmanuel Braun, Reuters

Loggerhead turtles flock to Cape Verde's quiet, white beaches to lay their eggs but the tranquillity that draws them may be under threat as the West African islands try to lure more sun-seekers.

Parents Worried about Pesticides Turn to Organic Food
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Libby Quaid, Associated Press

Erin O'Neal has two daughters and a fridge stocked with organic cheese, milk, fruits and vegetables in her Annapolis, Md., home. She is among the increasing number of parents who buy organic to keep their children's diets free of food grown with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or genetic engineering.

Caribbean Reefs Bleached by Warm Water
November 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A bleaching phenomenon caused by unusually warm waters is whitening coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, raising fears of a large-scale die-off of the organisms, scientists said Wednesday.

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