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Blue Skies Over Beijing 1 Week Before Olympics

Posted: 08/01/2008 - A week before the start of the Summer Olympics, Beijing's typically dull gray, polluted sky is noticeably brighter today -- a rare sunlit blue with swirling clouds.

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Siberian Russians Marvel At Solar Eclipse

Posted: 08/01/2008 - An enormous swath of western Siberia was submerged in darkness Friday afternoon as the moon completely blocked the sun, enrapturing huge crowds of Russians and foreign tourists.

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Friday River Stages

Posted: 08/01/2008 - Here are Friday morning's river stages.

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Air Quality Outlook

Posted: 08/01/2008 - Here is the national Air Quality Outlook for Friday and Saturday.

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Thursday Area High/Low Temps

Posted: 08/01/2008 - Here are high and low temperatures and rainfall totals for selected locations in the area.

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Fri AM Tropical Weather Outlook

Posted: 08/01/2008 - Here is the Friday morning Tropical Weather Outlook from the National Hurricane Center.

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Study: To Sleep Better, Perchance To Live Longer

Posted: 08/01/2008 - People with the severe form of apnea, which interferes with sleep, are several times more likely to die from any cause than are folks without the disorder.

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5.8 Earthquake Hits Wouthwest China

Posted: 08/01/2008 - A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan province Friday, site of the May 12 deadly earthquake.

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More Than 40 On Cruise Ship Hurt In NZ Storm

Posted: 08/01/2008 - More than 40 passengers on a cruise ship were injured when it was hit by a storm off New Zealand that packed 23-foot waves and powerful winds.

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Elephant Hurts Girl Who Snuck Into Zoo

Posted: 08/01/2008 - Israeli officials say a 17-year-old girl who sneaked into a zoo near Tel Aviv with a friend was attacked by an elephant and hospitalized.

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The Nation's Weather

Posted: 08/01/2008 - Here is Friday morning's national weather summary.

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Survey Cruise Records Second-Largest "Dead Zone" in Gulf of Mexico Since Measurements Began in 1985

Posted: 07/31/2008 - NOAA-supported scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium found the size of this year’s Gulf of Mexico dead zone to be 7,988 square miles, slightly smaller than the predicted record size of 8,800 square miles and similar to the area measured in 2007. Scientists think Hurricane Dolly’s wind and waves may have added oxygen to the zone to reduce its size.

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Study: Reefs may “Unglue” in Oceans with High Carbon Dioxide

Posted: 07/31/2008 - Cements that bind individual coral skeletons and larger coral reef structures are predominantly absent in waters with naturally high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), making these reefs highly susceptible to a wearing down of their physical framework, say scientists with NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, Fla. and other institutions.

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NOAA Offers Reward for Information on Sea Turtle Poaching

Posted: 07/31/2008 - NOAA’s Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of persons poaching endangered sea turtles in the Territory of Guam and in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands.

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