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California Seafood Company Faces Charges in Groundfish Overharvest

A California seafood company conspired to buy 45 tons of fish from trawlers who had exceeded catch limits on severely depleted groundfish stocks, a federal grand jury alleged Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Oyster Fishers Ask Louisiana High Court to Reconsider Ruling

Louisiana oyster fishers have asked the state Supreme Court to restore a $1.3 billion judgment awarded to them for a coastal restoration project that the oyster fishers say damaged their grounds. >> Read the Full Article

Company Gets Approval to Expand Mining in Vancouver, Wash., Area

J.L. Storedahl & Sons can go ahead with a plan to expand gravel mining on about 100 acres at its Daybreak operation near the East Fork of the Lewis River, a hearings examiner has ruled. >> Read the Full Article

Utah Workshop Advocates Eco-Friendly Businesses

Many businesses struggle to make even the smallest advances in recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation or other environmental initiatives. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Firms Prepare for Implementation of Kyoto Protocol

Japanese companies are stepping up preparations, such as trial runs to make employees familiar with carbon dioxide (CO2) emission trading, ahead of the implementation in February of the Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming, industry and government officials said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Strong Aftershock Rattles Quake-Devastated Region in Northern Japan

A strong earthquake Thursday shook an area in northern Japan still recovering from last month's magnitude-6.8 quake, the Meteorological Agency said. The latest tremor sent residents dashing under tables and led to at least one injury. >> Read the Full Article

Spokane, Wash., Fuel Cell Maker Receives $25 Million in Financing

Spokane Valley fuel cell maker ReliOn has landed an additional $25 million in financing to launch its second stage of development, the company announced Thursday. >> 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

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

E.U. Extends Euro200 Million Loan to Fund Syrian Natural Gas Power Plant

The European Union on Wednesday granted a loan of euro200 million (US$255 million) for a natural gas-fired power plant in Syria, the largest E.U. financing ever extended to the Mideast nation. >> Read the Full Article