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U.S., Canada Weigh Great Lakes Cleanup

When Canada and the United States approved the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972, the running joke in Cleveland was that anyone unlucky enough to fall into the Cuyahoga River would decay rather than drown.

The Cuyahoga, which meanders through the city before reaching Lake Erie, helped inspire the cleanup initiative by literally catching fire three years earlier. The lower end of the 112-mile-long waterway was a foul brew of oil, sludge, sewage and chemicals. It made embarrassing headlines when its surface flamed for about 30 minutes.

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Cuyahoga in Flames

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Powerful storm dumps ice and rain on central U.S

CHICAGO - Ice and rain pelting the central United States have killed at least six people, forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights in Texas and knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers in Missouri and Oklahoma, officials and media reports said on Saturday.

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Staten Island: More Bad Smells - Outgassing?

A foul odor reported yesterday over Staten Island, particularly at Curtis High School and in New Brighton, was identified by fire officials and the Department of Environmental Protection as gas fumes.

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Smelly Outgassing in Louisiana

LAKE PEIGNEUR

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Record Cold, Snow in Southern California!

LOS ANGELES, January 12, 2007 - A cold snap hit the Southland amid forecasts of record or near-record low temperatures Friday and Saturday night in metropolitan, coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles County.

Post-midnight lows early Friday included 16 in Woodland Hills and 8 in some mountain areas of Los Angeles County, including Warm Springs and Sandberg.

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Icy Weather Hits U.S. Midwest

TULSA, Okla. - Freezing rain fell in the nation's midsection Friday, and temperatures plunged from Minnesota to Las Vegas as a storm rolled in that could leave several states coated in ice.

At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm, some schools closed early Friday, and dozens of flights were delayed.

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Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake off Coast of Japan - Tsunami Warning Issued

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0423Z 13 JAN 2007
COORDINATES - 46.7 NORTH 154.4 EAST
LOCATION - EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE - 8.2

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Storm Warnings Across UK

Wild winds and flooding are set to continue after severe weather left seven dead, caused travel chaos and cut off power.

More flooding is possible in Western Scotland today, where winds will be up to 60mph. Northwest England and Northern Ireland will also be badly hit.

Yesterday, a man was killed in Britty Common in Somerset when a tree collapsed on the car he was travelling in.

A number of other people are feared dead after going missing at sea in the horrendous weather.

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Powerful earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

A strong earthquake with magnitude of 6.2 rocked eastern part of Indonesia on Thursday, no immediate reports of casualty or potential of tsunami, Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said in Jakarta.

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'Catastrophic': Now thousands of birds fall from sky

mass bird death australia

Thousands of wattle birds like this one have mysteriously dropped dead in Australia
Wildlife officers baffled, autopsies shed no light on mystery

Thousands of birds inexplicably dropped like rocks from the sky over Australia.

The mysterious catastrophe has taken place over a period of three weeks in Esperance, about 450 miles southeast of Perth. The area was declared a disaster zone by government officials.

So far, authorities are clueless as to the cause. Autopsies on the birds have shed no light.

The main casualties, according to Australian news sources, are wattle birds, yellow-throated miners, new holland honeyeaters and singing honeyeaters. Some dead crows, hawks and pigeons have also been found.

Some birds were seen convulsing when they died.