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E.U. to Issue Iran with Last Chance on Nuclear Plans
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

Senior diplomats from France, Britain, and Germany will meet top Iranian officials in Vienna on Thursday to offer Tehran a final chance to halt uranium enrichment plans or face possible U.N. sanctions.

Bird Flu Kills 23 Thai Tigers
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Trirat Puttajanyawong, Reuters

The bird flu epidemic, which has killed 31 people in southeast Asia this year, killed 23 tigers at a zoo in eastern Thailand, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Coalition of Environmentalists Petition for Sharp-tailed Grouse Protection
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Leslie Hoffman, Associated Press

Environmentalists asking for federal protection of the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse say the bird is in danger of becoming extinct, in part because its native habitat across the West is being lost to livestock grazing and agriculture.

Radioactive Materials Seized in Central Russia
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Russian security services seized two containers filled with highly radioactive material at a scrap yard in central Russia, Interfax news agency said on Tuesday.

Conservationists Claim Japan Has Illegally Killed Whales in Australian Waters
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Corder, Associated Press

An animal rights group claimed Tuesday that Japan has illegally killed hundreds of whales in an Australian whale sanctuary, and it launched legal action aimed at stopping the hunt.

Wild Predators Pose Little Threat to Livestock and Other Stories
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Kathleen Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Wolves and lions, bears and leopards have long been mortal enemies of ranchers. In an attempt to protect their livestock, human herders have hunted many big predators to the brink of extinction.

Being 'Green' Can Mean More Green, as in Money for Seattle-Area Builders
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Cydney Gillis, The Seattle Times

Barry Bettinger enjoys his work as owner of Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. He says reduced energy costs will help make up for the added expense of building his company's new 10,000-square-foot "green" facility. Construction began today.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Snowmobile Ban in Yellowstone and Teton National Parks
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Bob Moen, Associated Press

A federal judge recently struck down a Clinton-era ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks — a move expected to leave the parks open to the vehicles for at least the next three winters.

Fuel Economy of 2005 Vehicles
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Here are the most and least fuel-efficient 2005 model cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles, according to information submitted by manufacturers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Weather Hampers Oil Pumping Bid on Wrecked Ship in South Africa
October 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Strong winds and choppy seas Tuesday were still hampering efforts to pump about 120 tons of oil from the sunken BBC China cargo ship, the maritime safety authority said.

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