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Thousands Flock to Japan for Radon Therapy

It has been singled out as the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, right behind smoking. But to Shiro Umeda, sprightly at 74, radon is the best thing since aspirin. >> Read the Full Article

Italian Senators Fight to Save the Fiat 500 from Anti-Pollution Rules

They're squat and snub-nosed, slow but steadfast. The Fiat 500 -- the tiny Italian car with the big personality -- last rolled off assembly lines nearly 30 years ago, and today it is still fighting retirement. >> Read the Full Article

Coyotes Roam, Not Far from U.S. White House

Coyotes, the rangy animals associated with the American West, have been spotted in the U.S. capital for the first time, sparking gossip in precincts where talk usually turns on politics. >> Read the Full Article

Swimmers, Fishermen Warned to Avoid Some Beaches in U.S. Virgin Islands

Over the past few months, high bacteria levels have forced officials to warn swimmers and fishermen to stay away from several beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, officials said Monday. >> Read the Full Article

Effort to Save Massachusetts Lake Bogs Down

The weed came suddenly to Lake Cochituate, its feathery tentacles slithering along the lake floor, choking out native plants and thickening the water. >> Read the Full Article

New Pressures Threaten California Ecosystems

A proposal to send more water to Central Valley fields and Southern California neighborhoods could undermine ecological gains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, environmentalists say. >> Read the Full Article

France to Host Nuclear Fusion Project, Says EU Source

The European Union is confident of a deal on Tuesday for France to host a $12 billion global nuclear fusion project after Japan signalled it would give up its bid in return for compensation, an EU source said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article

China Hopes to Flush Smelly Toilet Image

Beijing hopes the smelly reputation of its public restrooms will be, well, flushed down the toilet soon. City officials will use the 2004 World Toilet Summit, starting Nov. 17, to showcase efforts to transform the capital's lavatories from foul to fragrant, from crude to cultured. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Try to Save Largest Salamander

The population of North America's largest salamander is plummeting in Missouri and Arkansas, and scientists from five states met to consider how to prevent the creature's disappearance. >> Read the Full Article

Japan to Meet Kyoto Protocol Targets by Buying Rights to Pollute from Companies in 2006

Japan's government said Monday it will try to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions promised under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming by purchasing the right to pollute from Japanese companies. >> Read the Full Article