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  Friday, 28-Nov-2014 23:46 EST
Homeowner faces off city snow blower
HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- In a move reminiscent of Tiananmen Square, police say a Connecticut resident was cited for disorderly conduct after confronting a city snow plow operator.

Smog may lead to Milan traffic shutdown
MILAN, Italy, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Ongoing air pollution in Milan, Italy, has lasted 16 days and will probably trigger a total ban on vehicular traffic in the city on Sunday, authorities said.

Settlement in Florida suit affects turtles
MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Turtles nesting on Florida beaches will be protected by a settlement in a federal lawsuit, but some landowners say they are unhappy about the agreement.

Environmental convictions to be reviewed
LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Britain's Crown Prosecution Service says it will review the convictions of 20 environmental protesters.

Library of Congress hawk caught
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Officials with the Library of Congress in Washington said a female Cooper's hawk was captured after spending a week trapped in the facility.

Britain unveils plan to lease public woods
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Thousands of acres of British woodland would be leased to commercial interests under a plan unveiled Thursday by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.

EU warns Britain on London air pollution
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The British government must convince EU officials London will meet European clean air standards if it is to avoid a court case, officials said.

CDC: Lead poisoning linked to amulet
ATLANTA, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Southeast Asian immigrants living in the United States need to know that amulets can be a source of lead poisoning in children, federal health officials say.

Cocaine tied to Colombian deforestation
STONY BROOK, N.Y., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Cultivating coca bushes, the source of cocaine, is destroying rainforests in Colombia and threatening the region's plant and animal diversity, researchers say.

Critics: Shark fishing nations fail pledge
LONDON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Many countries whose fishing fleets take large numbers of sharks have failed to meet a pledge on conserving the species, a wildlife advocacy group says.

Calls for regulation of rare-plant sales
SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. biologists are urging regulation of rare-plant sales, saying people obtain endangered or threatened plants and move them outside their native ranges.

Montreal counts record flock of crows
MONTREAL, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Bird watchers in Montreal say they counted a record flock of crows in the city last month, the largest since the annual winter count began in 1935.

U.S. OKs return of wayward pelican
DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A windblown and wayward U.S. pelican named for the Canadian strip club where he was found will be Florida-bound after four months in Nova Scotia, rescuers said.

Charge: Coal-power pollution often deadly
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. coal-fired power plant pollution is linked to the premature deaths of an estimated 8,000 to 34,000 people each year, officials of a non-profit group say.

Timber smuggling rife in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Smugglers are using political unrest in the Kashmir region of India to conceal their increasing operations in the black-market timber trade, officials said.

Call for halt to pesticides in bee deaths
LONDON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Pesticides implicated in widespread bee deaths should be discontinued in Britain pending scientific evidence about their effects, U.K. politicians were told.

Solo McKinley climber rides out earthquake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Minnesota adventurer rode out a moderate earthquake while stuck in a snow-encased trench on Alaska's Mount McKinley, his expedition manager said.

Bird droppings cause roof collapse
VACAVILLE, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Bird droppings are being blamed for the cave-in of a gas station awning in Vacaville, Calif., that barely missed a woman filling her tank, fire officials said.

Report details mercury emissions in Pa.
PITTSBURGH, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Mercury emissions from Pennsylvania coal-fired power plants, including three ranked in the Top 10 emitters in the nation, pose a serious threat, a report says.

Man spots seal in Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Connecticut man said he spotted what appeared to be a harp seal feasting on a fish across the street from his Hartford home.

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