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Congress Gets First Muslim Lawmaker

Minnesota voters elected the nation's first Muslim member of Congress. The winner, Keith Ellison, said, "We tried to pull people together on things we...

Vermont Experiment Keeps Seniors at Home, Out of Nursing Homes

A unique experiment is under way in Vermont that allows older people to stay home and avoid nursing homes. Under Vermont's Choices for Care...
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U.S. Mayors Embrace Kyoto Protocol

In the fight against global warming, 320 mayors of U.S. cities have boldly gone where the U.S. government would not — into the...

Man Wins Nobel Prize Like His Father

Roger Kornberg, a biochemist at Stanford University, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for work with DNA and genes... just like his father before...
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Gates, Rockefeller Charities Take Aim at African Hunger

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have teamed up to tackle hunger in Africa, starting with a $150 million endowment....
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Soros Invests $50M to Lift African Villages From Poverty

US financier George Soros is to invest $50 million in a development project that aims to show how targeted investment can end extreme poverty...

The Top Ten Green Buildings for 2006

This summer, the American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment selected the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design...
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Milwaukee Woman Rescues Butterflies from Development

While bulldozers clear land to create a flood basin, Barb Agnew races to collect monarch eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves, and brings...

Judge Rules Bush’s Lax Pesticide Law Illegal

A federal judge in Seattle yesterday overturned new Bush administration rules that weaken the governing of pesticide use and their effect on endangered plants...

College Campuses are Going Green

In the state of Washington, colleges are now competing to see which school can become a better friend to the environment. By composting...

Rebels in India End Attacks

After 27 years and 10,000 civilian deaths, the separatist group United Liberation Front of Asom announced Friday that it would stop attacking the forces...

MIT Students Invent Cars That Keep Going . . . and Going

50 college students from 21 Universities around the world have converged on MIT for an 8-week Vehicle Design Summit. The goal? To invent...
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Pearl Jam Pledges $100,000 to Counter CO2 Effects of Tour

In an effort to mitigate their own carbon emissions from day-to-day operations of their 2006 tour, while raising the public's carbon consciousness, Pearl Jam...

India, China Reconnect with Historic Road, Cautious Optimism

An ancient Silk Road reopened high in the Himalayas on Thursday to mark the beginning of a new era in trade and diplomatic relations...
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Homeless Alcoholics Receive a Permanent Place to Live, and Drink

This is a fascinating story about Seattle's solution for the homeless -- and hopeless -- drunks living on the streets: House them. Care for...

Russia Forgives Debt of Developing Nations

(June 9) Russia said Friday it plans to write off about $700 million in debt owed by the poorest countries - a move...
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Good News on PBS: US Cities Improving

A new PBS series shows us how to fix our cities... make them greener, cleaner, more livable, less wasteful. It will showcase extraordinary...
Photo by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Nathan Klaus, a senior wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, stands beside a rare American chestnut tree he spotted in Georgia

One in a Million Chestnut Tree Discovered

In an amazing discovery in Georgia, a small patch of American Chestnut trees, which were largely wiped out due to a quick-spreading fungus in...
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Paul Allen, Billionaire Philanthropist Delivers A Better Future Today

Do you think humans should strive to send airplanes into space? Listen for ET? Develop a real understanding of the human mind? Such ambitious...

Cancer Survivors to Get Better Insurance Rates

The Hartford Financial Services Group is announcing today that they will begin selling insurance at normal rates to men over 60 who have...