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Tribes, Environmentalists Clash over Proposed Casino in Columbia River Gorge

For 12,000 years or more, Columbia River tribes gathered nearby to do business with distant tribes. Now they want to come back -- to deal blackjack and poker. >> Read the Full Article

Palo Alto, Calif., to Buy 'Green' Power Created by Gas of Decomposing Garbage

Pushing to buy at least 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, Palo Alto has turned to a new supply: rotting garbage in Watsonville. >> Read the Full Article

Government, Missouri Environmental Group Reach Settlement on Clean Water Standards for Lakes and Streams

The government must make sure Missouri complies with federal clean water standards to protect streams and rivers from bacteria, sewage and mining discharges, according to a consent decree. >> Read the Full Article

Endangered Ferrets Make Comeback in Arizona

Endangered black-footed ferrets are reproducing more and surviving longer in the wild in Arizona than they have since recovery efforts began nearly a decade ago, wildlife biologists say. >> Read the Full Article

Military Says Quake Destroyed Three-Quarters of Sumatra's Western Coastline

From Indonesia to India, workers rushed to bury corpses to ward off disease Wednesday as cargo planes touched down with promised aid -- from lentils to water purifiers -- to help the region cope with its tsunami catastrophe. The death toll across Asia and Africa soared to nearly 68,000. >> Read the Full Article

Tsunami Swallows Most of Southern Sri Lanka Town

his story is datelined Hambantota, Wednesday, but in reality most of the town doesn't exist anymore. Situated on a narrow strip of land on Sri Lanka's south coast, it fronted the Indian Ocean, while to the rear lay a big lagoon -- partly mangrove and partly reclaimed for salt farming. >> Read the Full Article

Texas Panel Finishes Energy Blueprint

The Texas Energy Planning Council has created a blueprint its members believe will ensure the state remains the nation's leading energy producer. >> Read the Full Article

Villagers Drop Suit Against Denver-Based Mining Firm

Indonesian villagers agreed to drop a $543 million lawsuit against PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, a subsidiary of Denver's Newmont Mining Corp., after alleging that mercury waste from the company's Minahasa gold mine polluted Buyat Bay and sickened residents. >> Read the Full Article

Groups Say EPA Sewage Plan Stinks

For many years, operators of America's aging, overworked sewer systems have dumped partially treated sewage into rivers and bays. >> Read the Full Article

Oil-Spill Cleanup Makes Progress on Mexican Beaches, but Pollution Persists

Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos on Monday announced it had recovered about two-thirds of the estimated 5,000-barrels of oil that spilled last week into a river feeding the Gulf of Mexico. >> Read the Full Article