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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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Salt Lake Tribune (UT)

by Patty Henetz

July 3, 2007

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over land use in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument...

ruling Kane and Garfield counties can neither can claim ownership of roads that crisscross the monument's 1.8 million acres nor expect the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to do so for them.

The Times-Gazette

by Jim Abrams

April 19, 2007

The deadline has arrived, and people across the country are finishing up an estimated 3.18 billion hours figuring out and filing their tax returns. That's 24.2 hours per taxpayer.

'This spring you have people spending more on tax preparation than our government is spending on higher education,' said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is sponsoring a tax simplification bill with a one-page 1040 form for most taxpayers. 'It shouldn't have to be bureaucratic water torture to fill out all these forms.'

MSNBC

by John W. Schoen

April 9, 2007

Mark and Kerrie Russo of Jackson, N.J., are struggling to hang on. They are among millions of home owners swept up in a wave of questionable lending practices and outright fraud.

Like many borrowers who were sold mortgages they couldn't afford, Russo says that when she called the broker to complain, she was told that because she failed to read the fine print, the responsibility for getting in too deep was hers.

The Boston Globe

by Jenn Abelson

March 29, 2007

At least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen by hackers who accessed the computer systems at the TJX Cos. (TJ Max), making it the biggest breach of personal data ever reported, according to security specialists.

TJX believes the hackers last year had the capability to steal payment card data from its Framingham system as transactions were being approved. Even the files TJX tried to protect through encryption may have been compromised because the company believes the hackers had access to the decryption tool.

The Orange County Register (CA)

by Larry Welborn

March 27, 2007

Seal Beach woman said her children were improperly taken away from her by OC Department of Social Services

A civil jury has awarded $4.9 million to a Seal Beach woman who claimed that the Orange County Department of Social Services violated her parental rights by taking her two pre-teen daughters away in 2000 and placing them in foster care.

Mother Earth News

by Harvey Ussery

March 18, 2007

Many people think that the American food supply is the best in the world. So why are so many people going to the trouble of growing their own food, or seeking it from known producers close to home?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness - including 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 associated deaths - occur in the United States.

dailymail.co.uk

by Sean Poulter

March 6, 2007

The first GM food crop containing human genes is set to be approved for commercial production.

The laboratory-created rice produces some of the human proteins found in breast milk and saliva. Its U.S. developers say they could be used to treat children with diarrhoea, a major killer in the Third World. The rice is a major step in so-called Frankenstein Foods, the first mingling of human-origin genes and those from plants. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already signalled it plans to allow commercial cultivation.

ABC News 7

by Mark Matthews

March 2, 2007

The President is trying once again to eliminate the estate tax and his critics have come up with some extreme comparisons on who it will impact.

Senator Bernie Sanders has compiled a list of what he calls the winners and losers. The family that owns the Nordstrom department stores? Sanders figures they'd get to save $826 million dollars if the tax is repealed.

USA Today

by Julie Schmit

A chicken-product recall has grown to 2.8 million pounds, making it one of the largest meat or poultry recalls since 2004.

The initial recall of 52,650 pounds of Oscar Mayer/Louis Rich Chicken Breast Strips - Grilled was announced Feb. 18 after listeria bacteria was found in one package.

msnbc.msn.com

February 6, 2007

In the neighborhood President Bush visited right after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government gave $84.5 million to more than 10,000 households. But Census figures show fewer than 8,000 homes existed there at the time.

Now the government wants back a lot of the money it disbursed across the region. The Federal Emergency Management Administration has determined nearly 70,000 Louisiana households improperly received $309.1 million in grants, and officials acknowledge those numbers are likely to grow.

      
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