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Iraq Struggles to Keep Rebuilding Hopes Alive
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Reuters

Iraqis were promised billions of dollars in mainly American aid to rebuild their country after last year's U.S.-led invasion, but mounting violence has choked reconstruction spending to almost nothing.

Company Gets Approval to Expand Mining in Vancouver, Wash., Area
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Foster Church, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

J.L. Storedahl & Sons can go ahead with a plan to expand gravel mining on about 100 acres at its Daybreak operation near the East Fork of the Lewis River, a hearings examiner has ruled.

Strong Aftershock Rattles Quake-Devastated Region in Northern Japan
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A strong earthquake Thursday shook an area in northern Japan still recovering from last month's magnitude-6.8 quake, the Meteorological Agency said. The latest tremor sent residents dashing under tables and led to at least one injury.

California Seafood Company Faces Charges in Groundfish Overharvest
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe Rojas-Burke, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

A California seafood company conspired to buy 45 tons of fish from trawlers who had exceeded catch limits on severely depleted groundfish stocks, a federal grand jury alleged Thursday.

Oyster Fishers Ask Louisiana High Court to Reconsider Ruling
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Louisiana oyster fishers have asked the state Supreme Court to restore a $1.3 billion judgment awarded to them for a coastal restoration project that the oyster fishers say damaged their grounds.

Utah Workshop Advocates Eco-Friendly Businesses
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Rosemary Winters, The Salt Lake Tribune

Many businesses struggle to make even the smallest advances in recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation or other environmental initiatives.

Japan Firms Prepare for Implementation of Kyoto Protocol
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Japanese companies are stepping up preparations, such as trial runs to make employees familiar with carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trading, ahead of the implementation in February of the Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming, industry and government officials said Friday.

Spokane, Wash., Fuel Cell Maker Receives $25 Million in Financing
November 5, 2004 12:00 AM - Alison Boggs, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Spokane Valley fuel cell maker ReliOn has landed an additional $25 million in financing to launch its second stage of development, the company announced Thursday.

E.U. Extends Euro200 Million Loan to Fund Syrian Natural Gas Power Plant
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union on Wednesday granted a loan of euro200 million (US$255 million) for a natural gas-fired power plant in Syria, the largest E.U. financing ever extended to the Mideast nation.

U.N. Nuke Report on Iran May Weaken U.S. Case, Say Diplomats
November 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Louis Charbonneau, Reuters

A new report on U.N. nuclear inspections in Iran may be worded in a way that undermines the U.S. case for reporting Tehran to the Security Council this month, diplomats said on Wednesday.

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