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Human Remains Used in Artificial Reefs

As if shooting a loved one's ashes into space or pressing them into artificial diamonds were not sufficiently offbeat, relatives of the deceased now can have their ashes mixed into concrete to help form ocean habitats. >> Read the Full Article

Navy to Shut Down Sub Radio Transmitters

With terrorism the new global threat, a network of radio antennas that let the Navy maintain secure communications with submarines at sea has become yet another Cold War relic. >> Read the Full Article

California Classic Car Lovers Dismayed by New Law

Lovers of California's classic cars, celebrated in the Beach Boys song for "fun, fun, fun," worried that a new state law could take their T-birds and little deuce coupes away. >> Read the Full Article

Students' Bus Powered by Vegetable Oil

It's not unusual for the students traveling cross-country aboard an old school bus to get a craving for fried chicken. Or popcorn. Or french fries. That's because their vehicle is powered by vegetable oil, and the used oil they put in their tank can carry the telltale odors of the restaurant it came from. >> Read the Full Article

JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Organic farming sounds simple —no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically engineered plants. But succeeding at it can be complicated. A recent wave of research at universities around the country seeks to take some of the guesswork and financial uncertainty out of the practice. >> Read the Full Article

Chile Groups Say Tainted Salmon Could Be Sold

A cargo of farmed Chilean salmon tainted with a potentially harmful toxin and rejected for import in Europe has returned to Chile and could be re-exported to a country with less stringent laws, consumer and environmental groups warned. >> Read the Full Article

Environmentalists Press to Extend Federal Coal Tax for Strip-Mine Reclamation

Environmental advocates, labor groups and their supporters in Congress are racing against a Thursday deadline to extend a federal coal tax that reclaims abandoned strip mines and defrays health care costs for thousands of retired miners. >> Read the Full Article

Dead Bodies Pose No Risk of Epidemics

Dead bodies do not spread disease but mass burials after disasters, such as this week's killer floods in Haiti, cause unnecessary suffering to surviving relatives, the United Nations health agency said Friday. Citing mass graves being dug in the Caribbean island, where over 1,000 people were killed by tropical storm Jeanne, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was a wasteful misconception that cadavers caused epidemics. >> Read the Full Article

Suburban Sprawl Linked to Chronic Ailments

Warning: Suburban sprawl may be hazardous to your health. A report released Monday found that people who live in sprawling metropolitan areas are more likely to report chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, arthritis, headaches and breathing difficulties than residents of more compact cities. >> Read the Full Article

Japan Official Orders Kansai Electric Power Co. to Shut Down Nuclear Reactor

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Shoichi Nakagawa on Monday ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. to suspend operation of the No. 3 reactor at its Mihama Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture until the reactor is confirmed to meet government standards, following Japan's most deadly nuclear power plant accident in August. >> Read the Full Article