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Sen. Stevens Mentioned in FBI Video

During a secret meeting to discuss what prosecutors say was a dirty deal to keep Alaska oil taxes low, two oil contractors said they had a powerful ally coming to town who could help build support for the plan: Sen. Ted Stevens. The FBI played a videotape of the 2006 meeting Tuesday in a corruption trial against former Alaska House Speaker Pete Kott, who is accused of taking gifts and favors in exchange for supporting oil interests. >> Read the Full Article

Experts Doubt Steve Fossett Still Alive

Like most people following the search for Steve Fossett, survival expert Kurt Kuznicki hopes the missing aviator will be found alive. But like other experts, Kuznicki doubts that will be the case. >> Read the Full Article

'Killer Bees' Descend on New Orleans

Africanized honeybees, a fierce hybrid strain sometimes referred to as "killer bees," appear to have established themselves in the New Orleans area, the state agriculture commissioner said. >> Read the Full Article

Senate to Hold Toy Safety Hearing Today

The Senate takes up toy safety today, days after Mattel announced a third recall of lead-tainted toys from China. The head of Mattel will appear in front of a Senate panel, along with the CEO of Toys "R" Us and the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Nancy Nord, who says the toy industry has to be more proactive in finding out what's being used to make toys. >> Read the Full Article

Child malnutrition in Somalia at critical levels: U.N.

Child malnutrition in Somalia is at critical levels due to violence and lack of access for aid workers, the U.N. children's agency said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Ford turns harmful fumes into electricity.

Ford is further advancing its commitment to eco-friendly manufacturing technology by installing the third generation of its patented Fumes-to-Fuel system at Oakville Assembly Plant. The industry-leading pollution-control system converts emissions from the plant’s paint shop into electricity to help power the plant. The Oakville system will launch with an internal combustion engine and after a year of testing and further development will migrate to a stationary large-scale fuel cell to enhance the system’s effectiveness. >> Read the Full Article

China: Terrorism "Big Threat" To Olympics

Beijing, China - Top Chinese leaders said today that terrorism poses the biggest threat to a successful Beijing Olympic Games. That from the Minister of Public Security, Zhou Yongkang. He called for closer international collaboration on information sharing and risk analysis. "Although the general security situation for the Beijing Olympics remains stable, we still face the challenges of terrorism, separatism and extremism," the minister said. "Terrorism, in particular, poses the biggest threat." >> Read the Full Article

America's parking lots contributing to pollution and warming.

From suburban driveways to the sprawling lots that spring up around big retailers, Americans devote lots of space to parking spaces - a growing land-use trend that plays a role in heating up urban areas and adding to water pollution, according to a recent study. >> Read the Full Article

“No Sex Please, We’re Vegans!”

Vegans are a wonder; firstly, they live longer than us regular folk, they’re super good for the environment (rearing animals for food being one of the biggest CO2 producers), and yet this lifestyle choice has generally been seen as excessive and unhealthy. >> Read the Full Article

Ontario’s Political Leaders, Polluted?

Toronto, Ontario – Tests reveal that three Ontario political leaders - who willingly submitted to the testing - are contaminated with pollutants found in the environment and in everyday products, according to a report released today by Environmental Defence. For the first time in Canada, Environmental Defense tested for bisphenol A (found in hard plastic bottles and tin can linings), a hormone disruptor that is under review by the federal government. >> Read the Full Article