So far, two Missouri farmers are the only known cases of the tick-borne virus in the world. But experts are sure they'll find more. The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence.
A federal law that protects gray and harbor seals has led to a population boom off the coast of Cape Cod. Fishermen and residents say the seals have become a nuisance, and the first shark attack in Massachusetts in 76 years is now fueling a contentious debate.
Every state except Alaska and Hawaii has reported West Nile virus in people, birds or mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects human cases will rise through October. In Texas, the worst-hit state, deaths reached 31.
Water wells and streams in Leroy Township, Pa., have been bubbling up with methane gas in the past few months. The state's Department of Environmental Protection blames nearby natural gas fracking operations. A local well operator has installed water filters for residents and says the problem has been fixed.
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