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Blue Whales Drawn Unusually Close To Shore In Calif.

Melissa Block speaks with marine biologist Dorris Welch, who is co-owner of Sanctuary Cruises in Monterey Bay, Calif. She says blue whales come and go throughout the summer, but this year they are coming closer to shore and in bigger numbers. She believes it's because of the abundance of krill available.
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Orangutan Becomes Addicted To Cigarettes

To kick her 10-year habit, Tori is leaving home for a small island — theoretically a no smoking island. Home is an Indonesian zoo and Tori is an orangutan. The Guardian reports, she learned to smoke imitating visitors, who tossed cigarette butts into her cage.
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Environmental Outlook: Rising Sea Levels (Rebroadcast)

In this month’s environmental outlook, a look at rising sea levels and what's at stake.

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Power Restored At Washington Animal Rescue League

The folks at the Washington Animal Rescue League have been reliant on donations of ice, generators and gasoline to combat the rising temperatures at the shelter due to an ongoing power outage. 

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Office Stress Dogging You? Try Punching In With Fido

A number of studies have touted the health benefits of canine companions. But a new study says dogs can make for a happier, more productive workplace, too.
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Showing Vultures A Little Love

Vultures are generally not admired, but maybe they should be: All over the world, these birds do the hard work of gobbling up dead animals and recycling that flesh into the Earth. And nowadays, nature's prize janitors are seriously down on their luck.
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A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Suicide Risk

A study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark finds an association between suicide attempts and infection with a common parasite. The findings don't prove the parasite is the cause, but they add more evidence to a hypothesis that's been gaining momentum.
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Cooling Center For Pets Opens In Shirlington

Pet owners who are still sans-power thanks to Friday night's derecho storm can bring their furry friends to a free cooling center in a boutique for dogs in Northern Virginia.

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Wild Mustangs Give Patrol Horsepower On The Border

The Border Patrol recently began training wild mustangs to help out along the border in southern Arizona. Horse patrols are nothing new; they allow agents to get into remote areas no vehicle can reach. But it turns out the mustangs are exceptionally well-suited for the harsh landscape.

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