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Oil bust leaves states with massive well cleanup

BIGFOOT, Texas (AP) — The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards.
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GMO Opium? Super Seeds Produce More, Use Less Water for Afghan Poppy Crop

Opium production in Afghanistan has been surging for years despite all efforts to eradicate it, but this year mysterious high-yielding super seeds could create an even bigger crop - and more heroin on the market....
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The bright side: global 'light pollution' obscures starry nights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Vincent van Gogh peered out the window of the Saint-Paul asylum at the nighttime sky in Saint-Rémy in 1889, he saw the brilliant light of innumerable stars over southern France that inspired his evocative painting "The Starry Night."...
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The Latest: Death toll from flooding in France rises to 4

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flooding that has affected parts of Europe (all times local):...
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Cincinnati Zoo 'Would Make the Same Decision' Again to Shoot Gorilla, Director Says

Officials at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden said looking back, they "would make the same decision" over again to shoot the 450-pound gorilla after a boy climbed over the stainless steel barrier and fell into the enclosure, said Thane Maynard, the zoo's director....
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Severe Floods in Texas And Kansas Kill Six

(HOUSTON) — Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six....
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Powerful earthquake rattles southern Japan

A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rattled southern Japan on Thursday night, according to the country's meteorological society and people who felt it on Twitter....
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In Chernobyl nuclear zone, animals thrive without humans

CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE, Belarus (Reuters) - What happens to the environment when humans disappear? Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, booming populations of wolf, elk and other wildlife in the vast contaminated zone in Belarus and Ukraine provide a clue....
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Drought-hit Palau could dry up totally this month

Drought-stricken Palau could dry up completely this month, officials warned Monday as the Pacific island appealed for urgent aid from Japan and Taiwan, including shipments of water....
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