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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.

Strolling May Be Hazardous to Your Health in Italy's Polluted Cities, Say Doctors
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An after-dinner stroll in an Italian city instead of a smoke? Your lungs won't thank you, a study of Italian urban pollution indicates.

Washington Orca Population Heads South to Feast on Chum Salmon
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Washington state's resident killer whales, with two newborns in tow, dodged a potentially lethal roadblock in their voyage south to feast on a healthy run of chum salmon, experts say.

U.S. to Poison Prairie Dogs in South Dakota
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildlife workers have begun a program to poison thousands of prairie dogs in the grasslands of South Dakota to stop them from moving onto private ranch land parched by drought, a federal official said this week.

Louisiana Supreme Court Throws Out $1.3 Billion Judgment for Oyster Fishers
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

The Louisiana Supreme Court threw out a $1.3 billion judgment this week for oyster fishers who claimed that a coastal restoration project ruined their businesses.

Kerry Wins Fans Abroad with Global Warming Plan
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has won plaudits abroad for his promises to fight global warming but could find his hands tied at home if he wins next month's U.S. elections.

Audubon Blames Habitat Losses for Drop in Bird Populations
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The feathered creatures winging across North America have an obvious gift that land-bound humans lack, but their survival is threatened by earthly concerns.

East Helena, Mont., Plant Misses Deadline for Getting Rid of Sodium Metal
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Eve Byron, Independent Record, Helena, Mont.

Although the state's goal of having Asarco remove a tanker of highly volatile sodium metal from its idled East Helena plant by the end of September has come and gone, progress is being made, officials with the Department of Environmental Quality said this week.

Isle of Wight County, Va., Paper Mill Seeks Pollution Variances
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Dave Schleck, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

The International Paper mill in Isle of Wight County says it needs the OK to pursue alternatives to state air pollution laws in order to invest millions in environmental improvements at the plant.

Review Gives Thumbs Up to Richland, Wash., Nuclear Plant
October 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.

Nuclear Regulatory Committee review of safety performance of the Richland plant that produces commercial nuclear fuel found that it has corrected problems found in a 2003 emergency exercise.

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