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Kimberly-Clark ups Ante in Tsunami Relief with Gift to UNICEF

Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s cash commitment to support South Asia tsunami disaster relief could hit $1.5 million, the firm has announced. >> Read the Full Article

3 Orangeburg, S.C.-Area Plants Release Cancer-Causing Pollutants

Three Times and Democrat Region industrial facilities ranked in the top 100 nationally for releases of cancer-causing pollutants for 2002, according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Defense agency. >> Read the Full Article

Solo Drivers of Hybrids to Gain from California Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Wednesday she will introduce legislation allowing solo motorists to drive hybrid cars in California's freeway car-pool lanes. >> Read the Full Article

Washington State Officials Urges Ban on Group of Fire-Retardant Chemicals

A family of fire-retardant chemicals should be banned amid growing concerns that it is toxic, particularly to fetuses and infants, according to Washington state officials. >> Read the Full Article

Farmers Can Receive Compensation for Creating Wildlife Habitats on Untilled Land

Farmers in Arkansas who would like to leave acres of their land untilled to help create wildlife habitats can register for compensation under a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state. >> Read the Full Article

India, Pakistan Hold Crucial Talks over River Row

India and Pakistan began talks on Tuesday to resolve a long-running dispute over a dam in Kashmir which threatens to cause another setback to an already fragile peace process. >> Read the Full Article

First Oil Removed from Broken Freighter off Alaska

Salvagers have begun removing oil from tanks on a freighter that broke apart last month off Alaska, spilling most of the vessel's estimated 442,000 gallons of fuel into the Bering Sea and onto shore. >> Read the Full Article

UK Company Defends Land Rights in Venezuela Reform

Representatives of Britain's Vestey Group, whose large Venezuelan cattle ranch is targeted in a government land reform drive, Wednesday rejected charges that it left land idle and illegally held public property. >> Read the Full Article

War Zones Yield Cheap Shelter for Tsunami Homeless

Sandbags and barbed wire, staples of war zones, could become the stuff of cheap emergency housing for survivors of the Asian tsunami if relief agencies adopt a new building concept developed in quake-prone California. >> Read the Full Article

Arizona Rivers Flowing After Storms

For the first time in seven years, virtually every river in Arizona is doing what rivers usually do in most other places: flow with water. >> Read the Full Article