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Fires Race across Windy Oklahoma, Texas
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Firefighters in Texas and Oklahoma battled wind-fueled wildfires Tuesday that burned homes and cars and forced one small town to evacuate residents.

Ho, Ho, Swat: Festive Flies Drive Australians Crazy
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - James Regan, Reuters

Australians would be smart to keep their mouths shut and clothes on this holiday season. Christmas comes at the height of summer Down Under and summer brings flies -- billions of them.

Sub-Saharan Africa Phases Out Leaded Fuel, U.N. Environment Agency Says
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

All 49 Sub-Saharan Africa countries will have phased out leaded fuel from their pumps and refineries by the end of the year a U.N. environment agency said Tuesday.

Good Weather Lowers Western Avalanche Risk
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Jon Sarche, Associated Press

Following a deadly avalanche season marked by two deaths within ski areas, forecasters around the West say favorable weather has kept the risk of slides relatively low so far this winter.

Kenya Cattle Rustlers Trade Guns for Running Shoes
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Isa Omok, Reuters

Three years ago, Mark Loktare was a cattle rustler who raided villages in Kenya's northern Rift Valley. Now, the 21-year-old has traded in his gun for running shoes.

China Losing Ground to Severe Erosion
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than a third of China's land is affected by soil erosion, state media said on Tuesday, underlining a threat to the country's ability to provide enough food and water for its 1.3 billion people.

Study Predicts Southwest Summers Will Be Hotter
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A recent study says hotter, drier Southwestern summers will become a reality by the late 21st century if human-caused global warming continues.

Scientists Say Maine Coast Has Gas Fields
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Maine coast has dozens of methane gas fields on the ocean bottom where mud-trapped gas occasionally bubbles to the surface, according to a team of University of Maine scientists.

BLM To Zap Pest Plants
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, Salt Lake Tribune

The Bureau of Land Management is getting aggressive in a bid to deal with the growing problem of invasive plant species in the West.

Mining Company Drops Cyanide Plans
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Rocky Barker, Idaho Statesman

Desert Mineral Mining has decided to use an alternative process for leaching gold from ore so it won't be needing the cyanide mining permit it got in August.

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