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The end of an era: California's century-old oil economy fades
September 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Andrea Almond, Associated Press

On a slip of flat yellow earth dotted with sagebrush and foxtail lies the rusting legacy of three generations of drilling: a graveyard of toppled oil derricks — and Bruce Holmes' solitary moneymaker.

Ford Will Return Disputed Electric Cars to Norway
September 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. agreed to return about 300 Norwegian-built electric cars to the Nordic country after protests about plans to scrap them, the country's transport minister said Thursday.

Film on Cat Torture Draws Protesters in Toronto
September 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Ka Yan Ng, Reuters

Protesters urged ticket-holders outside a Toronto cinema this week to boycott a documentary about a vicious animal cruelty case in which three friends filmed the skinning of a live cat as an alleged art project.

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 percent 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.

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