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Iraq Tops Bush's Agenda, but Economy Also Will Need His Focus

President Bush heads into his second term with the stabilization of Iraq under a democratic government as his top policy goal. But he also has unfinished domestic business, including making his sweeping tax cuts permanent, reforming Social Security, and promoting energy production. >> Read the Full Article

California Group Sues Wind Companies Over Bird Deaths

A California environmental group has sued to force the operators of one of North America's largest windmill farms to take steps to reduce the number of birds killed in the turbines' propellers, court papers showed this week. >> Read the Full Article

France Suspends Hunting to Save Orphaned Bear Cub

France suspended hunting in the western Pyrenees on Wednesday to save a bear cub orphaned when his mother, the last female bear native to the region, was killed by hunters earlier this week. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Is Likely to Renew Push for Alaska Oil Drilling

n his second term, U.S. President George W. Bush is likely to stick to his plan to fill the nation's emergency crude oil stockpile and may find more Congressional allies to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, energy experts said. >> Read the Full Article

In Kenya, U.S. Senator's Win Stirs Hopes of Aid

Barely had Barack Obama declared a landslide victory in the U.S. Senate race in Illinois when his most ardent supporters began organizing his To Do list. >> Read the Full Article

New Hybrid Cars Drive American Motorists Wild

Hollywood lawyer John Kelner has owned a BMW, Lexus and even a Maserati, but his current car of choice is a gas-and electric-powered Toyota Prius that cost $27,000. >> Read the Full Article

Montana Voters Reject Colorado-Based Mining Firm's Effort to Drop Cyanide Ban

Writer Golden-based gold mining firm Canyon Resources Corp. said Wednesday it will explore new ways to process gold after Montana voters defeated an amendment that would have allowed cyanide in mine operations. >> Read the Full Article

Pullman, Wash., University May Partner with Weyerhaeuser, Turn Trees into Cash

Thursday, November 4th, 2004 12:01 AM (PST) The Weyerhaeuser Co. might log Washington State University's 63-year-old experimental forest in Bonney Lake, and they would share millions of dollars in proceeds, the timber company and the school announced Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Xcel Energy to Begin Reviewing Wind-Power Project Solicitations

Xcel Energy said Wednesday it is reviewing bids for 17 new wind-power projects to get a head start on the renewable-energy mandate passed by Colorado voters. >> Read the Full Article

FBI Agents Search Homes of Striking Water Union Leaders in Puerto Rico

FBI agents on Wednesday searched the homes of union leaders from Puerto Rico's striking water authority amid allegations of financial mismanagement, union officials said. >> Read the Full Article