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Success! Honduras manages to stall the march of pine-munching beetles
Over the past three years, Honduras has lost a quarter of its pine forests to a plague of bark-munching beetles. Now though, after a long campaign that saw soldiers wielding chainsaws to contain the bug invasion, a little green is growing back.
 
Sunrise visitors overload Maui peak, leading to restrictions
Well before dawn each morning, throngs of tourists from around the world make their way to Maui's tallest peak, a dormant volcano, to see what Mark Twain called the "sublimest spectacle" he ever witnessed.
 
Sixth-graders push for passage of prickly hedgehog pet bill
Some Maine sixth-graders are pushing state lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it easier for residents to keep hedgehogs as pets.
 
Deal allows Yellowstone bison slaughter
A deal disclosed Thursday will allow the mass slaughter of hundreds of wild bison migrating from Yellowstone National Park, while sparing 25 animals that American Indian tribes want to start new herds.
 
Bobcat home after walk on wild side
A bobcat that escaped from the National Zoo, took a walk on the wild side and then returned is doing fine.
 
The singer of the influential punk band Bad Brains has revealed that he will undergo surgery -- for his brain.
 
A mouthful of sea water
A woman lies facedown in the water during a ritual honoring the African sea goddess Yemanja, in Montevideo, Uruguay on Thursday, Feb. 2. Thousands of worshippers come to the beach on Yemanja's feast day, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2.
 
I am here — but spring is not!
Groundhog Club handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 131st celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, Feb. 2.
 
Massive lava stream exploding into ocean in Hawaii
A dramatic "firehose" stream of molten lava continued to shoot out of a sea cliff Wednesday on Hawaii Island, splashing into the Pacific Ocean below and exploding upon impact.
 
Economics ministry working on transition to gas-fired power plants
Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung (李世光) said on Thursday that the ministry is working to transform coal-fired power plants into natural gas-powered ones to ensure economic growth is not undermined by power shortages.
 
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