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Italian Minister Defends Keeping Wolves as Pets

An Italian minister who revealed he is keeping wolves as pets told authorities on Wednesday to feel free to come and investigate as he always needed "fresh meat". >> Read the Full Article

Bush Releases Oil from Petroleum Stockpile, Urges Nation To Brace for Higher Prices, Shortages

President Bush raised the possibility Wednesday that Hurricane Katrina will lead to even higher gasoline prices and shortages in some areas, even as his administration moved to release oil from an emergency government stockpile and to temporarily ease pollution standards on gasoline and diesel fuel. >> Read the Full Article

Back-To-Greener-Schools -- A Guest Commentary

New York has just become the first state to require that all schools use safer, non-toxic cleaning products. In the recent past, more than 50% of all public schools in the U.S. were cited for poor indoor air quality, and things are getting worse, according to government reports. >> Read the Full Article

Experts See Alaska as U.S. Front against Bird Flu

Bird experts working in some of the most remote areas of Alaska have begun checking migrating birds for avian influenza to see if they are spreading the feared virus out of Asia. >> Read the Full Article

Study Finds Oregon Wild Fish Risk Extinction

The first status report on wild fish in a decade suggests that nearly half the native species in Oregon are at risk of extinction. Eleven of the 33 salmon and steelhead populations are at risk of irreversible decline, and seven are potentially at risk, according to a draft of the report. >> Read the Full Article

AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Purchases Majority Stake in Flexcar

Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online Inc., said Wednesday that his investment firm has purchased a majority stake in Flexcar and plans to embark on a major expansion for the car-sharing business. >> Read the Full Article

New Atlas Highlights Plight of World's Great Apes

The first detailed global map of the world's great apes -- from gorillas to orangutans -- shows they are in deep trouble. The World Atlas of Great Apes and their Conservation, published by the United Nations to coincide with world great apes day on Thursday, illustrates the need for concerted international action, the U.N. said. >> Read the Full Article

Once the Driver of the State's Economy, Mississippi Coast Now a Big Stretch of Rubble

From the coin-spitting slot machines to the stately Southern beach cottages, Mississippi's coastline has long been the economic engine for the entire state. But every industry along the coast has been devastated by Hurricane Katrina in a way that will take years, if not decades, to recover. >> Read the Full Article

Ex-Builder Proves Business, Greenies Do Mix

Environmentalists and builders. To most they are as compatible as bulls and china shops, but Ian Kiernan is living proof that they are not always opposites. >> Read the Full Article

Closures Threaten U.S. Energy Supply

Hurricane Katrina shut down almost all of the energy production in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the nation's short-term energy future. Oil workers congregating here said Katrina seemed certain to have demolished some of the infrastructure. >> Read the Full Article