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Film on Cat Torture Draws Protesters in Toronto

Protesters urged ticket-holders outside a Toronto cinema this week to boycott a documentary about a vicious animal cruelty case in which three friends filmed the skinning of a live cat as an alleged art project. >> Read the Full Article

Asia Faces Bird Flu Crisis of Unprecedented Scale

Asia faces an outbreak of unprecedented proportions as it grapples with avian influenza, which the World Health Organization (WHO) warns could develop into a pandemic unless detection and prevention methods are improved. >> Read the Full Article

Saboteurs Blow Up Pipeline Junction in Northern Iraq

Saboteurs blew up a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in northern Iraq this week, setting off a chain reaction in power generation systems that left the entire country without power, officials said. >> Read the Full Article

Hong Kong Gasps Under Record Air Pollution

Thick smog shrouded Hong Kong this week, pushing air pollution near the airport to an all-time record for the territory, environmental officials said. >> Read the Full Article

Indian Tribe Conducts First War Dance Since 1887 to Stop Expansion of Shasta Dam

As darkness fell across the crescent-shaped Shasta Dam, eight barefoot Winnemem Wintu warriors armed with bows began the tribe's first war dance since 1887. >> Read the Full Article

Iraqi scientists to wage war on pollution

Iraqi scientists will assess pollution ranging from oil spills to scrap metal from destroyed military vehicles in an effort to tackle environmental damage in the war-ravaged country, the United Nations said this week. >> Read the Full Article

Rocky New Planets Prove Planet-Hunting Technique and Other Stories

Weekend fishing trips may be contributing to one-quarter of the catch of threatened marine fish, a new study finds. U.S. Fisheries managers previously thought that recreational fishers caught just 2 percent of all fish taken from the sea. They based this conclusion on an online database compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service. >> Read the Full Article

San Diegan first to buy new gas-electric SUV

Yesterday, Bill Hammons became the first person in the country to own an Escape Hybrid, Ford's first foray into the much-hyped technology, which uses a combination gas-electric system to power the vehicle. >> Read the Full Article

Leak closes lanes in new Boston interstate tunnel project

Water gushed into the Central Artery's northbound tunnel for hours yesterday from a small breach in the eastern wall, backing up afternoon rush-hour traffic for miles and leaving Big Dig officials at a loss to explain where the water was coming from and what had caused the leak. >> Read the Full Article

Umatilla, Oregon safety breach stalls burn of chemical weapons agent

Crews have temporarily quit burning chemical weapons at Umatilla's newly started incinerator after two workers walked through the wrong door -- into a room called the Toxic Cubicle. >> Read the Full Article