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Wal-Mart Hopes 'Green' Store Brings Greenbacks

Welcome to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s experimental environmentally friendly store in this northern suburb of Dallas, where the world's biggest -- and notoriously cost-conscious -- retailer is trying to determine whether being green can also be profitable. >> Read the Full Article

PNM Resources Seeks LEED Certification for New Building

PNM Resources is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for a new Information Technology office building now under construction. >> Read the Full Article

Tags Offer Customers Proof that Salmon is Wild

Whether you're buying a car, a pair of sneakers or even an apple these days, most likely it comes with some sort of label or logo attached. Now Alaska's commercial fishing industry is starting to get into the game. >> Read the Full Article

Genetics Leave Felines Without Sweet Tooth

Cats are notoriously finicky eaters, as millions of pet owners can attest. Now, there's a scientific theory explaining, at least in part, why cats have such snobby eating habits: genetics. >> Read the Full Article

Hazy Cloud of Saharan Dust Nearing U.S.

An enormous, hazy cloud of dust from the Sahara Desert is blowing toward the southern United States, but meteorologists do not expect much effect beyond colorful sunsets. The leading edge of the cloud -- nearly the size of the continental United States -- should move across Florida sometime from Monday through Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Chinese Farmers' Dispute with Factory Shows Rural Anger, Loss of Faith in Government

Farmers had long feared the runoff from the pharmaceutical factory. It turned irrigation water to a greasy, red sludge and stunted vegetable crops. They blamed it for a local rise in cancer and birth defects. >> Read the Full Article

Laotians Thatch Roof to Buffer Conference Venue from Earsplitting Rain

Planners in impoverished Laos needed a fix for the cacophony of rain pelting the metal roof of their conference venue. So they thatched it with local grass. Organizers spent 60 million kip (US$6,000; euro4,941.12) on the long indigenous grass, applying an additional layer Sunday. >> Read the Full Article

Poaching Becoming Rampant on Federal Land

Barbara Beasley was the first person called to investigate when three suspicious men were stopped on federal land in remote northwest Nebraska. It didn't take the U.S. Forest Service official long to find what they had been doing: digging an 18-by-10-foot hole more than 2 feet deep that left the fossilized bones of a prehistoric rhinoceros called a brontothere exposed. >> Read the Full Article

Geologist Maps Underseas Terrain in Massachusetts

When geologist Page Valentine steams out for a trip off the state's picturesque coastline, he's far more interested in what he can't see. Valentine has been using sophisticated sonar to map 1,400 square miles of ocean floor off the Massachusetts coast for 11 years. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Say Many More Right Whales May Be Dying than Previously Thought

More than eight in 10 right whale deaths may be going undiscovered, according to marine scientists who called for emergency action to help prevent humans from accidentally killing the rare animal. >> Read the Full Article