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Asia Faces Bird Flu Crisis of Unprecedented Scale
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Asia faces an outbreak of unprecedented proportions as it grapples with avian influenza, which the World Health Organization (WHO) warns could develop into a pandemic unless detection and prevention methods are improved.

Saboteurs Blow Up Pipeline Junction in Northern Iraq
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

Saboteurs blew up a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in northern Iraq this week, setting off a chain reaction in power generation systems that left the entire country without power, officials said.

Hong Kong Gasps Under Record Air Pollution
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thick smog shrouded Hong Kong this week, pushing air pollution near the airport to an all-time record for the territory, environmental officials said.

Indian Tribe Conducts First War Dance Since 1887 to Stop Expansion of Shasta Dam
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

As darkness fell across the crescent-shaped Shasta Dam, eight barefoot Winnemem Wintu warriors armed with bows began the tribe's first war dance since 1887.

Iraqi scientists to wage war on pollution
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Green, Reuters

Iraqi scientists will assess pollution ranging from oil spills to scrap metal from destroyed military vehicles in an effort to tackle environmental damage in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations said this week.

Rocky New Planets Prove Planet-Hunting Technique and Other Stories
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Megan Mansell Williams and Kathleen M. Wong, California Academy of Sciences

Weekend fishing trips may be contributing to one-quarter of the catch of threatened marine fish, a new study finds. U.S. Fisheries managers previously thought that recreational fishers caught just 2 percentĀ of all fish taken from the sea. They based this conclusion on an online database compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

San Diegan first to buy new gas-electric SUV
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Jennifer Davies, The San Diego Union-Tribune (Reuters contributed to this report)

Yesterday, Bill Hammons became the first person in the country to own an Escape Hybrid, Ford's first foray into the much-hyped technology, which uses a combination gas-electric system to power the vehicle.

Leak closes lanes in new Boston interstate tunnel project
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - David Abel, Mac Daniel, Sean P. Murphy, The Boston Globe

Water gushed into the Central Artery's northbound tunnel for hours yesterday from a small breach in the eastern wall, backing up afternoon rush-hour traffic for miles and leaving Big Dig officials at a loss to explain where the water was coming from and what had caused the leak.

Umatilla, Oregon safety breach stalls burn of chemical weapons agent
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Andy Dworkin, The Oregonian

Crews have temporarily quit burning chemical weapons at Umatilla's newly started incinerator after two workers walked through the wrong door -- into a room called the Toxic Cubicle.

Expect the Unexpected in Antarctica
September 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Smithsonian magazine, Associated Press

Rosemarie Keough almost died taking a penguin's picture. Camped on Antarctic sea ice with a small expedition of adventurers and photographers, she loaded film into three cameras and hiked a half-mile in a snowstorm to capture a colony of emperor penguins.

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