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  • Guitar makers hit hard by new regulations on prized rosewood

    CONCORD, N.H. - An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound.
  • Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

    APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine - When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster.
  • Cuban uses condoms, tropical fruit to make own brand of wine

    HAVANA - The sweet smell of fermenting fruit fills the streets around the modest Havana home where Orestes Estevez and his family fill glass jugs with grapes, ginger and hibiscus, then slip a condom over each glass neck to start the unusual process of winemaking in a land famed for rum.
  • A look at troubled waters for SeaWorld

    February 2010 — SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau was interacting with a killer whale called Tilikum before a live audience at SeaWorld Orlando when it pulled her from a platform by her arm and held her under the water. While an autopsy report said Brancheau drowned, she suffered severe trauma, including multiple fractures and a severed spinal cord.
  • B.C. First Nation launches independent study of Gibraltar Mine expansion

    VANCOUVER - A small First Nation says it has given up waiting for government and industry to address its concerns about the Gibraltar Mine expansion in British Columbia's Interior and has launched its own investigation.
  • New Viagra ads target women for 1st time by encouraging them to push men to get treatment

    TRENTON, N.J. - The maker of the world's top-selling erectile dysfunction drug on Tuesday will begin airing the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

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