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Federal Grant to Help Build "Clean Coal' Plant in Orange County, Fla.

It sounds like a can't-miss proposition: The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a $235-million grant on Thursday toward the construction of a high-tech "clean coal" power plant in eastern Orange County that will generate more than 1,800 jobs. >> Read the Full Article

Middlesex County, N.J., Supports Fertilizer Plant

Plans for a Woodbridge plant that would turn food waste into fertilizer took a step forward last night as the Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to add the facility to the county's solid-waste-management plan. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Mining Giant Newmont to File Lawsuit over Jailed Executives

U.S. mining giant Newmont Mining Co. will file a lawsuit against Indonesian police, demanding they release five company executives jailed amid claims that one of its gold mines polluted a bay in central Indonesia, a spokesman said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

FBI and IRS Agents Search Offices of Striking Water Union in Puerto Rico

FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents spent hours this week searching the offices of a water company union for documents pertaining to a medical insurance plan that has been the focus of a 17-day strike. >> Read the Full Article

Japan And New Zealand to Study Undersea Volcanoes with Mini Sub

Japanese and New Zealand marine scientists are to study two active undersea volcanoes and life forms near their vents using a mini sub, they said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

South Korean Munitions Violated Nuclear Accord, Says Group

South Korea produced antitank munitions in the 1980s using depleted uranium imported for nonmilitary use and failed to make required disclosures, a South Korean lawmaker and an environmental group said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

German Study Links Traffic Jams and Heart Attacks

In a study that gives new meaning to the concept of a "killer commute," researchers have concluded that people caught in traffic are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack within the hour than those who aren't tied up on the road. >> Read the Full Article

Despite Thick Smog, French Air Force Team Struts Aerobatic Stuff for Hong Kong

Roaring boldly through the smog, French air force stunt pilots performed spectacular aerobatic jet maneuvers Wednesday in a goodwill gesture from France that was marred by Hong Kong's filthy skies. >> Read the Full Article

Strolling May Be Hazardous to Your Health in Italy's Polluted Cities, Say Doctors

An after-dinner stroll in an Italian city instead of a smoke? Your lungs won't thank you, a study of Italian urban pollution indicates. >> Read the Full Article

Washington Orca Population Heads South to Feast on Chum Salmon

Washington state's resident killer whales, with two newborns in tow, dodged a potentially lethal roadblock in their voyage south to feast on a healthy run of chum salmon, experts say. >> Read the Full Article