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  • Proposal to designate critical habitat for polar bears stirs controversy in Alaska

     
    ANCHORAGE — The federal plan for designating more than 187,000 square miles as polar bear critical habitat is too large and will lead to huge, unnecessary costs for Alaska's petroleum industry, opponents of the proposal told the U.S. Fish and......
  • Gulf oil spill: Former Interior chiefs defend their records on offshore drilling

     
    Former President George W. Bush’s interior secretaries defended their record of promoting offshore drilling Tuesday at a hearing before a congressional committee investigating the catastrophic gulf oil spill. "If regulations on the books and industry...
  • In Hanford, Wash., the country's most polluted nuclear reactor site draws tourists

    In Hanford, Wash., the country's most polluted nuclear reactor site draws tourists
    A platoon of double-crested cormorants took flight from the eastern shore of the Columbia River, skimming the sun-sparkled surface as two slender white egrets stood in the nearby shallows, hunting small fish hiding in the reeds. Twenty kayakers, mostly...
  • Uranium claims spring up along Grand Canyon rim

    Thanks to renewed interest in nuclear power, the United States is on the verge of a uranium mining boom, and nowhere is the hurry to stake claims more pronounced than in the districts flanking the Grand Canyon's storied sandstone cliffs. On public...
  • Polar bear is listed as threatened species

    Polar bear is listed as threatened species
    The Interior Department on Wednesday designated the polar bear as threatened with extinction because of shrinking sea ice, making it the first creature added to the endangered species list primarily because of global warming. The designation under the...
  • U.S. considers easing ban on guns in national parks

    In a victory for gun-rights advocates, the federal government is preparing to relax a decades-old ban on bringing loaded firearms into national parks. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Friday that his department would suggest new regulations by the...
  • Plan to 'flush' Grand Canyon stirs concerns

    The Grand Canyon is about to take a bath, and National Park Service officials who oversee the natural wonder are worried. Federal flood control managers, led by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, this week plan to unleash millions of cubic feet of water...
  • Technicality may cut California desert areas from federally protected status

    Congress is considering permanent protection for 26 million acres of beautiful and historic landscapes in the American West, but has quietly excluded millions of acres of California desert. In a system that would rival the national parks and forests, the...
  • Election 2002: State-by-State Results

    Here are the results of elections around the nation Tuesday. Not all returns were available at press time. ALABAMA Governor: Democratic Gov. Donald Siegelman won reelection over Republican Rep. Bob Riley. Senate: Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions held...