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Drought threatens Iraq's crops and water supply

Posted: 07/10/2008 - It's been a year of drought and sand storms across Iraq - a dry spell that has devastated the country's crucial wheat crop and created new worries about the safety of drinking water.

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Key developing nations reject G-8 climate plan

Posted: 07/10/2008 - China, India and other energy-guzzling developing nations on Wednesday rejected key elements of a global warming strategy embraced by President Bush and leaders of wealthy nations. And the U.N's top climate official dismissed the G-8 goals as insignificant.

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New federal rules proposed for offshore fish farms

Posted: 07/10/2008 - The Bush administration proposed a set of rules on Wednesday to regulate future projects off American shores that would use the ocean for alternative energy and aquaculture.

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California to require algebra taught in 8th grade

Posted: 07/10/2008 - California educational leaders have voted to make their state the first to require an eighth-grade algebra test, despite concerns over funding, teacher staffing and how it could raise the dropout rate.

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Flames force Calif. residents to flee - again

Posted: 07/10/2008 - A wildfire raging in the Sierra Nevada foothills turned residents into refugees as firefighters hoped to keep the blaze from crossing a river and igniting a nearby town.

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Wildfire strategy: fighting fire with fire

Posted: 07/10/2008 - As a wildfire bore down on a mountain community north of Phoenix late last month, the town was protected in part by fires intentionally set in previous years.

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High Court Denies Stay

Posted: 07/09/2008 - The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for Dale Leo Bishop.

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Medicaid Dispute Moves Back to Court

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Gov. Haley Barbour is seeking a court decision as a way of ending a fight with lawmakers over how to pay for the health program for the needy.

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Jackson Mayor Indicted

Updated: 07/09/2008 - Jackson, Miss., Mayor Frank Melton has been indicted on federal civil rights violations connected to the tearing down a private home in 2006.

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Our Town Philadelphia: Choctaw Reunion

Updated: 07/09/2008 - For the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, there are many important reasons to host its annual fair. Choctaw, not only in Mississippi, but from all over the country look forward to this week.

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Report Faults FEMA Trailer Manufacturers

Posted: 07/09/2008 - A congressional report says manufacturers knew there were high levels of formaldehyde in the trailers provided to Hurricane Katrina victims.

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Statistics: People Cause Most Wildfires

Updated: 07/10/2008 - More than 630,000 acres of land were burning in the U.S. as of Wednesday morning. Some were sparked by lightning, but the number one cause might surprise you.

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Agency Makes Urgent Appeal for Blood

Posted: 07/09/2008 - United Blood Services says surgeries are having to be postponed because there's not enough blood available in this area.

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G-8 tries to be inclusive, but wary of expansion

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Despite its name, this year's Group of Eight summit had a cast of more than two dozen - and leaders said they will keep inviting heads of state from all over the world to give a global spin to its annual meetings.

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Bush Hails G-8 summit's work on climate change

Posted: 07/09/2008 - President Bush on Wednesday hailed the move by G-8 leaders to coalesce behind a broad climate-change strategy, saying in a valedictory to summitry that "significant progress" has been made on global warming.

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Developing economies don't back G-8 climate goal

Posted: 07/09/2008 - A joint gathering of major developed and developing nations on Wednesday agreed that climate change was "one of the great global challenges of our time" and pledged to back a United Nations effort to conclude new climate pact by 2009.

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Fringe autism treatment could get federal study

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Pressured by desperate parents, government researchers are pushing to test an unproven treatment on autistic children, a move some scientists see as an unethical experiment in voodoo medicine.

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Polar bear harassment by oil companies challenged

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Two conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the Bush administration's decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses off the northwestern Alaska coast.

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Wolverine advocates give notice of intent to sue

Posted: 07/09/2008 - Nine environmental groups said Tuesday they plan to sue the federal government if wolverines aren't granted protection under the Endangered Species Act within 60 days.

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