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Middlesex County, N.J., Supports Fertilizer Plant

Plans for a Woodbridge plant that would turn food waste into fertilizer took a step forward last night as the Board of Chosen Freeholders voted to add the facility to the county's solid-waste-management plan. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Mining Giant Newmont to File Lawsuit over Jailed Executives

U.S. mining giant Newmont Mining Co. will file a lawsuit against Indonesian police, demanding they release five company executives jailed amid claims that one of its gold mines polluted a bay in central Indonesia, a spokesman said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

FBI and IRS Agents Search Offices of Striking Water Union in Puerto Rico

FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents spent hours this week searching the offices of a water company union for documents pertaining to a medical insurance plan that has been the focus of a 17-day strike. >> Read the Full Article

South Korean Munitions Violated Nuclear Accord, Says Group

South Korea produced antitank munitions in the 1980s using depleted uranium imported for nonmilitary use and failed to make required disclosures, a South Korean lawmaker and an environmental group said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Typhoon Kills 62 in Japan, Deadliest in 20 Years

Japan's deadliest typhoon in more than two decades killed at least 62 people, media said on Thursday, as rescuers searched frantically for 27 still missing in floods and landslides. >> Read the Full Article

Local Initiatives Target Genetic Engineering in a Grassroots Battle over Biotech Farming

When voters in the Northern California county of Mendocino passed an initiative this spring banning the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, there were celebrations 3,000 miles away in Vermont. >> Read the Full Article

U.S. Consumers Get Cold Feet as Energy Costs Soar

The surging cost of fuel oil and gasoline have set the stage for a cold, expensive winter in the United States and sparked concerns that consumers will cut spending, a move economists worry will hamper growth. >> Read the Full Article

Lawsuit Accuses Feds of Mismanaging Conservation Program

The National Wildlife Federation has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that duck, pheasant, and other ground-nesting bird populations are being harmed by mismanagement of a government program that pays farmers to set aside croplands. >> Read the Full Article

Tentative Alaska Land Swap Raises Drilling Fears

U.S. officials announced a tentative land swap this week that they say would enlarge an Alaska wildlife refuge but that critics charge would open up the area to oil and gas development. >> Read the Full Article

South Africa Weighs Killing Off Excess Elephants

South Africa is weighing the option of killing off its excess elephants, 10 years after the practice known as culling was banned amid pressure from animal rights activists. >> Read the Full Article