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New Futures Market Gambles on Hurricanes

A trio of University of Miami professors are betting on a new way to predict where a hurricane will hit, an unorthodox approach they believe could help people living along the storm's path decide whether to evacuate. >> Read the Full Article

Ford Shedding Electric Trucks

Drivers who formerly leased an electric-powered Ford Ranger truck will have a chance to purchase one for $6,000 in a lottery system this fall, Ford Motor Co. said. The plan is in response to public protests that Ford was discontinuing the program and sending the trucks to the scrap heap after the lease. >> Read the Full Article

Auto Club: Gas Prices Climb Nearly 22 Cents in One Month; July Price is within 5 Cents of Record Monthly Average

Southern California's average price for regular gasoline rose nearly 22 cents during the past month to come within 5 cents of the all-time record monthly average, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California monthly Fuel Gauge Report. >> Read the Full Article

NSTAR Reports Record Energy Use During Heatwave

With high temperatures and oppressive humidity bearing down on New England, NSTAR Electric & Gas yesterday set a new all-time record for electricity delivered to its 1.1 million electric customers. >> Read the Full Article

Chirac Asks French Not to Waste Water During Summer Dry Spell

President Jacques Chirac urged the French on Monday not to waste water as the country copes with a spell of sizzling, arid weather that has forced several regions to impose restrictions to conserve water. >> Read the Full Article

Drinking Water Tax Urged

If New Yorkers want clean drinking water, they should ante up and pay for it. That's the word from Putnam County Executive Robert Bondi, who has suggested New York City residents chip in $2 a year each to keep oil, pesticides and septic waste out of their upstate water supply. >> Read the Full Article

Officials Claim Japan Used Aid Promises to Win Support for Commercial Whaling

Japan used promises of aid to buy support from impoverished nations for its bid to overturn an international ban on commercial whaling, former officials from three such countries have said. >> Read the Full Article

Animal Rights Groups Back U.S. Bill to Make Antifreeze Bitter

A pack of dogs joined forces with industry and consumer groups Monday to urge Congress to pass legislation requiring antifreeze manufacturers to make their otherwise sweet tasting product less appealing to animals and children. >> Read the Full Article

Rare White Alligator in Legal Limbo

A rare white alligator is being housed at Riverbanks Zoo, but the reptile is seen only by its keepers because it's evidence in a legal case against the brothers who captured it. Ted Clamp, 59, and his brother Heyward, 62, argue that they took the gator in to protect it, but they are charged with taking and possessing an American alligator, a crime under a state law designed to protect an endangered species. >> Read the Full Article

On <i>Beyond Organic</i>: Paper or Plastic?

With single-use containers like grocery bags, disposable coffee cups, plastic water bottles, and plastic produce "clamshells" accounting for more than 30 percent of all materials headed for the landfill, Is "paper vs. plastic" even the right question? >> Read the Full Article