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Thousands Flock to Japan for Radon Therapy
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

It has been singled out as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, right behind smoking. But to Shiro Umeda, sprightly at 74, radon is the best thing since aspirin.

Italian Senators Fight to Save the Fiat 500 from Anti-Pollution Rules
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Angela Doland, Associated Press

They're squat and snub-nosed, slow but steadfast. The Fiat 500 -- the tiny Italian car with the big personality -- last rolled off assembly lines nearly 30 years ago, and today it is still fighting retirement.

Coyotes Roam, Not Far from U.S. White House
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Coyotes, the rangy animals associated with the American West, have been spotted in the U.S. capital for the first time, sparking gossip in precincts where talk usually turns on politics.

Swimmers, Fishermen Warned to Avoid Some Beaches in U.S. Virgin Islands
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Over the past few months, high bacteria levels have forced officials to warn swimmers and fishermen to stay away from several beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, officials said Monday.

Effort to Save Massachusetts Lake Bogs Down
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen Burge, The Boston Globe

The weed came suddenly to Lake Cochituate, its feathery tentacles slithering along the lake floor, choking out native plants and thickening the water.

New Pressures Threaten California Ecosystems
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Constant Brand, Associated Press

A proposal to send more water to Central Valley fields and Southern California neighborhoods could undermine ecological gains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, environmentalists say.

France to Host Nuclear Fusion Project, Says EU Source
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Yves Clarisse, Reuters

The European Union is confident of a deal on Tuesday for France to host a $12 billion global nuclear fusion project after Japan signalled it would give up its bid in return for compensation, an EU source said on Monday.

China Hopes to Flush Smelly Toilet Image
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Audra Ang, Associated Press

Beijing hopes the smelly reputation of its public restrooms will be, well, flushed down the toilet soon. City officials will use the 2004 World Toilet Summit, starting Nov. 17, to showcase efforts to transform the capital's lavatories from foul to fragrant, from crude to cultured.

Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander

The population of North America's largest salamander is plummeting in Missouri and Arkansas, and scientists from five states met to consider how to prevent the creature's disappearance.

Japan to Meet Kyoto Protocol Targets by Buying Rights to Pollute from Companies in 2006
November 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan's government said Monday it will try to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions promised under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming by purchasing the right to pollute from Japanese companies.

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