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Judge in Salmon Case Does Not Dine on the Fish, but Believes in the Law
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The man holding the Bush administration's feet to the fire on restoring Columbia Basin salmon, even if it means breaching some hydroelectric dams, doesn't like to eat the Northwest's signature fish.

Chinese Company Manager Fired Following Wastewater Leak that Polluted River
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The manager of a chemical company in northern China has been fired because of a wastewater leak that badly polluted a local river, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Sunday.

Cat Parasite a Danger to Otters
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, possibly explaining why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the 19th-century fur trade, researchers said.

President Promotes Nuclear Energy, Plan for Dealing with Radioactive Waste
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

President Bush on Saturday renewed his push for expansion of nuclear energy and sought support for plans to revive nuclear fuel reprocessing to deal with radioactive waste from commercial power plants.

Heavy Rains, Illegal Logging Blamed for Philippines Landslides
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Alexander, Associated Press

Weather was the easy target for blame in Friday's devastating landslide, but survivors also were pointing at illegal logging as a contributing factor.

Drought Kills Wildlife in East Africa's Sanctuaries, Hits Annual Migration
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press

A searing drought has killed dozens of hippopotamuses and other wild animals in Kenya and neighboring Tanzania, and disrupted the annual migration of wildebeests and zebras between the two East African nations.

Supreme Court to Decide Far-Reaching Wetland Cases
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two wetlands cases, the resolution of which could affect millions of acres of swamps, marshes and bogs across the U.S.

Intensified Development Raises Catastrophic Flood Risk around U.S., Experts Say
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

Concentrated development in flood-prone parts of Missouri, California and other states has raised the risk of New Orleans-style flooding as people snap up new homes even in areas recently deluged, researchers say.

Study Finds Cultures Affect Captive Gorillas
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Andrew Bridges, Associated Press

Captive gorillas actually are a cultured bunch. Genetics or environment alone cannot explain variations in the behavior of different groups of the apes, a study found.

Ontario Government Criticizes U.S. Plans to Ease Air Pollution Rules
February 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Beth Duff-Brown, Associated Press

The Ontario government filed a complaint with the U.S. EPA, criticizing proposals they believe will lead to more pollution on the Canadian side of the border from coal-burning power plants in the U.S. Midwest.

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