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Texas Fire Evacuees Return To Find Only Ashes

Like thousands of other people here whose homes were incinerated by a wildfire in Bastrop County, Texas, Linda and Roger Ward are living in a daze. The fire was not the deadliest wildfire or the largest in acreage. But in terms of destruction — 1,554 homes and counting — it is one of the worst forest fires in recent U.S. history.
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Tempest In A Lunch Box: Arsenic Traces In Apple Juice

Dr. Oz isn't the only one whose testing has turned up arsenic in apple juice. But his methods have been challenged, and the Food and Drug Administration maintains the drink remains safe to consume.
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'Deer Capital' Of Texas Struggles With Drought

Melissa Block talks with Llano, Texas, Mayor Mike Reagor about the ongoing drought in his city. The river that runs through town is extremely low. Llano has been dubbed the "deer capital of Texas" — and Reagor says the deer, with little to drink, are withering in the heat. Reagor is also a rancher, and he says he's selling cattle because of the drought.
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West Nile in Md. Prompts Mosquito Spraying

Officials in New Carrolton, Maryland are spraying for mosquitos after a case of West Nile Virus surface in the town this week.

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Md. Teachers Must Promote Environmental Literacy

The start of a new school year in Maryland brings a new requirement: All schools in the state must develop plans to promote environmental literacy. The new requirement is creating some challenges for teachers. The goal is to integrate environmental concerns into science, social studies and other topics.
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Post-Irene Cleanup May Damage Environment

Towns and villages in Vermont and upstate New York are beginning to recover from Tropical Storm Irene. But scientists say the widespread chemical and sewage spills, and the cleanup's effect on trout streams, could cause lasting environmental damage.
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Al Gore: It's An Honor To Be Attacked On Climate Change

"There's a long tradition of people who don't like a particular message turning to attack the person delivering the message," he told NPR. "I view it as an honor, really."
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Agency Takes New Approach To Save Everglades Land

In Florida, federal officials have released plans for a new wildlife preserve just south of Orlando. The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge will include at least 150,000 acres, but there's a twist — most of it will remain under private ownership.

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