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Higher Gold Prices Stir New Interest in Western Mines
March 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

As the icy waters of Clark Creek swirl in his gold pan, Ken Anderson expertly reduces the contents, first to small pebbles, then smaller ones, then to a little sand.

Rivers Overspill Banks as Water Levels in Poland Rise
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Rivers swollen by melting snow and heavy rain flooded a key highway link to Poland's capital on Thursday and prompted emergency officials to draw up plans to avert further trouble.

Rains Help Mexico Repay Water It Owes U.S., but Could New Drought Bring New Debt?
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

For 12 lean years, Mexico prayed for rain, hoping the water it owed the United States would pour from parched skies over the Rio Grande Basin.

Report Says Navy Sonar Likely Made Orcas Flee
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sonar pulsing from a Navy guided-missile destroyer during training exercises near the San Juan Islands two years ago was likely loud enough to send killer whales fleeing, according to a government agency report.

Wet Winter Threatens Spring Flooding
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The wet winter that brought mudslides and record rains to the Southwest is now threatening spring flooding, forecasters said Thursday. Flooding is also expected in North Dakota, Minnesota and New England.

Greenpeace and British Trawlermen in Sea Standoff
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

British coastguards said on Friday they had intervened to stop a confrontation at sea between Greenpeace protesters and trawlermen because of fears people could be killed.

Aim: To Measure Green against Green
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Dana Tims, The Oregonian

Villebois is going green, but just how green remains to be seen. Developers of the "new urbanist" community in western Wilsonville want to ask its future residents just how much they are willing to pay to enjoy the health and environmental benefits of the latest rainwater-management systems, ecologically sensitive roof types and natural ventilation systems.

Manatees Have Brittle Bones, Study Shows
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Despite their huge size, the bones of manatees are as brittle as fine porcelain, making them extremely vulnerable to being broken when struck by a boat, a University of Florida researchers said Thursday.

Study Links Mercury from Power Plants to Autism
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle

After years of debate about whether a nationwide explosion in autism is related to a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, Texas researchers have found a new suspect: mercury from coal-burning power plants.

Scientists: Road Salt Harms Environment
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The use of salt to melt snow and ice from slippery roads has an environmental downside that can affect a widespread area long after winter has passed, scientists say.

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