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New Jersey Supreme Court Calls Off Bear Hunt Four Days Before Start of Season

The state's highest court called off New Jersey's bear hunt Thursday, four days before the season is scheduled to start. >> Read the Full Article

Poverty, Graft at Root of Philippine Tragedy

Saturnino Monreal remembers when there were more large trees than people around his village on the eastern Philippine coast, close to where hundreds have died in floods and landslides this week. >> Read the Full Article

Energy Remains Challenge for Bush

Among the challenges facing President Bush in his second term is a big one left over from his first: energy. >> Read the Full Article

AK Steel to Pay $300,000 to Settle Butler, Pa., Environmental Violations

AK Steel, already operating under a 2001 consent order that required it to stop discharging tons of pollutants into Connoquenessing Creek, has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle additional charges it violated federal and state hazardous waste, air and water standards at its specialty steel mill in Butler. >> Read the Full Article

Florida Buys Portion of Blackwater River State Forest

The Blackwater River State Forest will expand after the Florida Division of Forestry purchased a large swath of privately owned land located in the middle of the forest. >> Read the Full Article

Once-Cozy Company Town Divided on Plan to Sell Water to Nestle

It's fitting that the snowcapped crown of Mount Shasta looms over this old lumber town like spring water promotion -- two major bottling plants are located at its base and a third is on the way. >> Read the Full Article

Oil Leaks from Ocean Floor Near Brazilian Offshore Well

Oil seeped from an underwater leak near an offshore well off Brazil's southeastern coast, causing an oil slick up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) long, environmental officials said Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

China Denies Planning Commercial Sales of Genetically Modified Rice

The Chinese government said Thursday it is testing the safety of genetically modified rice but denied claims by environmentalists that it is preparing to allow commercial sales. >> Read the Full Article

Newmont Positive on Indonesia Despite Legal Case

Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM.N) is positive about its Indonesia operations despite allegations of pollution that could bring legal charges against executives and a company unit, a Newmont vice president said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article