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Ex-worker sentenced in pipeline sabotage (AP)

AP - A fired utility company welder accused of sabotaging dozens of natural gas pipelines, at one point causing a blowout and requiring evacuations, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Alaskans flee village under flood threat (AP)

AP - More than half the residents of an isolated Arctic village were evacuated as storm surges threatened to flood their slender barrier island Thursday, the latest chapter in their losing battle against the sea.

Researchers track Lake Erie algae blooms (AP)

AP - NASA scientists are teaming with researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to monitor Lake Erie's harmful algae blooms, a move that could lead to early warnings for beachgoers and water departments.


Report: Smog in N.C. cities will worsen (AP)

AP - Three North Carolina cities could see their number of bad air days double by the middle of this century unless global warming is reduced to curb smog, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group.

Tsunami warning system gets good marks (AP)

AP - Indonesia used mosque loudspeakers to warn residents within minutes of a powerful earthquake. Bangladeshi volunteers with bullhorns told tourists and fishermen to flee to higher ground ahead of a possible tsunami.

Salmon spawn baby trout in experiment (AP)

AP - Papa salmon plus mama salmon equals ... baby trout? Japanese researchers put a new spin on surrogate parenting as they engineered one fish species to produce another, in a quest to preserve endangered fish.

Google sponsors $30 million moon contest (AP)

AP - Google Inc. is bankrolling a $30 million out-of-this-world prize to the first private company that can safely land a robotic rover on the moon and beam back a gigabyte of images and video to Earth, the Internet search leader said...

Hurricane crashes ashore in Texas (AP)

AP - Hurricane Humberto crashed ashore along southeast Texas early Thursday, bringing heavy rains and maximum sustained winds of up to 80 mph as it made its way to Louisiana, the National Weather Service...

The Nation's Weather (AP)

AP - Hurricane Humberto made landfall early Thursday just west of the Texas-Louisiana state line, lashing the area with heavy rain and strong wind...

Ex-oil exec says he paid Alaska lawmaker (AP)

AP - The former head of an oil field services company testified Wednesday that he paid a lawmaker nearly $8,000 to help keep him in office and advocate for the construction of a natural gas pipeline tapping the state's vast North Slope...

Ebola said depleting gorilla populations (AP)

AP - The most common type of gorilla is now "critically endangered," one step away from global extinction, according to the 2007 Red List of Threatened Species released Wednesday by the World Conservation...