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Interior Announces Grand Canyon Mining Moratorium

The U.S. Department of the Interior is placing a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims in and around the Grand Canyon. Environmentalists say the ban is crucial to protecting the region. However, the mining industry and some Republicans say the moratorium will be harmful to Arizona's economy and the nation's energy independence.
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FAA Rules May Interrupt Endangered Crane Migration

Operation Migration uses ultralight planes to guide whooping cranes in migration from Wisconsin to their winter home in Florida. But a Federal Aviation Administration investigation has grounded a flock of whooping cranes and an ultralight guiding plane.
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20-Year Ban Put On Mining Claims Near Grand Canyon

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the Grand Canyon must be protected, even if uranium deposits nearby could be important to the nation's energy strategy. Critics say the decision will eliminate jobs and that mining can be done responsibly.
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When Property Rights, Environmental Laws Collide

In a case before the Supreme Court on Monday, a couple seeking to build their dream home say the Environmental Protection Agency put a stop to their plans after accusing them of building on wetlands. Is it a case of bureaucratic power run amok, or a trumped-up case aimed at eviscerating the EPA's regulatory powers?
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Diver Finds A Class Ring Lost During The '30s

Melissa Block and Robert Siegel talk about a diver who found a class ring lost in the 1930s — and reunited it with the owner's grandson nearly 40 years later.
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Winter Wonderland? Wonder No Longer

The winter solstice has come and gone, making it officially winter in the U.S., with cooler temperatures, less sunlight, and, in some places, snow, ice, and frost. A panel of experts discusses the different phenomena that combine to make up the season we call winter, and give tips for how best to appreciate the natural world in wintertime.
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Maryland Legislature Looks At 'Flush Tax' Increase

The Maryland legislature is considering raising the state's sewage tax in 2013 and again in 2015, but environmental groups argue that it needs to increase more quickly.

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