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The Sound Princess: Gadget Helps Bathroom-Bashful Japanese Women
October 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Aiko Hayashi, Associated Press

When Naoko Ito uses a public bathroom, she cringes in embarrassment at the thought that other patrons can hear the sounds coming from her stall. That's when she turns to the Sound Princess.

Lead Contamination Is a Serious Problem in Dozens of Drinking-Water Systems, Says Newspaper
October 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Dozens of the nation's largest drinking water utilities have tried to hide lead contamination and failed to correct problems, it was reported recently.

Firm Proposes West Texas as Nuclear Waste Site
October 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Streater, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

A Dallas-based company wants to dispose of tons of uranium waste in far West Texas, a move critics say could make the state a dumping ground for the nation's radioactive waste.

Authorities Hunt Keg of Potent Chemical that Fell from Truck in North Dakota
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Three drums filled with sodium cyanide fell off a truck, and one barrel remains missing. Authorities said beekeepers planned to use the dangerous chemical as a pesticide and could be fined.

More Protection Urged for Rare Chilean Sea Bass at CITES
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Environmentalists urged fishing nations on Thursday to do more to protect the rare Chilean sea bass (also known as Patagonian toothfish), dubbed the "white gold" of the sea who is being driven to extinction by rampant poaching.

West Waking Up to Dangers of Oil Addiction
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrew Mitchell, Reuters

Controlling growth in fuel consumption may become a strategic imperative for the West, as explosive demand growth in Asia threatens a damaging tussle for world supplies.

Kenya Says Ivory Sales Endanger Poacher Hunters
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Kenya is on the front line of the "wildlife wars" and says its people in the trenches will be at risk if a U.N. conference approves a Namibian bid to sell more ivory.

U.S. Supreme Court Debates Pollution Cleanup Lawsuits
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Gina Holland, Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court considered this week whether companies that voluntarily seek to clean up their polluted land can sue former owners to get help with the costs. The case could have important ramifications for communities with abandoned toxic plants, landfills, and mines.

Oil Companies Try to Clean Up Spills in the Wake of Ivan, but Rough Weather Interferes
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Rough seas forced pipeline and oil rig repair crews out of the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, delaying efforts to get the nation's oil and natural gas infrastructure on track after Hurricane Ivan.

Wasting the West: How Welfare Ranchers and Their Livestock Are Damaging Public Land
October 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Jack Rosenberger, E/The Environmental Magazine

Twenty years ago, much of the public land around the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona resembled the barren and desolate landscape found in a Sub-Saharan desert.

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