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  • Gonzalo causes over $200 million in damage to Bermuda, company says

    The hurricane struck the British island chain in the Atlantic Ocean late last week, but produced no fatalities.

  • Tornado swarms on the rise?

    Total tornado tallies have remained steady, but the nature of tornado outbreaks has changed. Now, long dry spells are punctuated by tornado swarms.

  • World's tallest cow: Blosom, a 6-foot-4-inch bovine

    World's tallest cow, Blosom, measures 6 feet, 4 inches and is owned by an Illinois woman. Blosom earned the title of world's tallest cow in mid-August by Guinness World Records.

  • EPA: US cars more efficient than ever

    The average fuel economy of new US cars and trucks hit a record 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg) last year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Overall fuel economy for new cars and trucks has risen almost 5 mpg since 2004.

  • Hinkley Point nuclear plant gets OK from EU

    Hinkley Point nuclear plant in England gets an approval from the European Union to subsidize the construction and operation of the plant. Environmentalists who oppose Hinkley Point were furious over the decision.

  • Good news: Your energy bill should shrink this winter

    Last week's freezing winter was so cold it may make this coming heating season appear mild by comparison. That's why the US Department of Energy is forecasting Americans won't have to crank up the heat as much this year, so they'll pay less for energy.

  • Dead bear cub found in Central Park

    A dead bear cub was found in Central Park Monday morning by two women walking their dogs. The dead bear cub was being sent to Albany, where the state Department of Environmental Conservation was taking over the case.

  • Great white shark attack closes California beaches

    Great white shark attack in California shut down three beaches over the weekend. A 28-year-old surfer survived the attack Thursday from a great white shark. 

  • Reza Baluchi, man in bubble, rescued by Coast Guard (+video)

    Reza Baluchi aimed to run to Bermuda in a homemade floating bubble, but was rescued by the US Coast Guard after suffering fatigue. Reza Baluchi was transported to a nearby Coast Guard station and found to be uninjured.

  • Crabs on a plane make for crabby passengers

    Crabs on a plane delayed a flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday. The live crabs got loose in the cargo hold but it was unclear who was shipping them.

  • Scientists invent first rechargeable solar battery

    The rechargeable solar battery could make solar power more affordable, allowing the renewable energy source to be deployed more widely. The rechargeable solar battery was invented at Ohio State University.

  • Gas platform fire forces evacuation in Alaska

    A gas platform fire offshore in Alaska's Cook Inlet broke out early morning Thursday, forcing four workers to evacuate. No one was injured and environmental risk from the gas platform fire is considered minimal.

  • Persistent beaver vs. road crew: beaver 3, road crew 0

    A persistent beaver has confounded a road crew in Washington trying to clear its dam under a bridge. Crews have removed a beaver dam three times since August and each time the persistent beaver rebuilds it.

  • Police help homing pigeon that can't find home

    A lost pigeon took refuge at a New Hampshire police station, after cloudy weather affected its ability to navigate. The lost pigeon was waiting for sunny weather, Wednesday night, resting in a box and eating popcorn. 

  • Ukraine crisis: Slovakia says Russian gas supply cut in half (+video)

    Russian gas supplies to Slovakia dropped by 50 percent in the past day, according to Slovakia's government. The report has raised concerns over a potential disruption of gas flows to Europe as winter approaches. Already, Ukraine is preparing for a winter without crucial heating gas, as it tries to negotiate a temporary deal with Russia and the EU.

  • California bans plastic bags: what you need to know

    California bans plastic bags in what is the nation's first statewide ban. Here are six things to know about the landmark legislation:

  • 35,000 walrus in Alaska: Why they came ashore (+video)

    35,000 walrus in Alaska sought refuge onshore, without the usual sea ice to rest on, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The gathering of 35,000 walrus in Alaska is a phenomenon that has accompanied the loss of summer sea ice as the climate has warmed.

  • $1 billion recreation spending fueled by sagebrush, study says

    $1 billion in recreation spending helped boost economies in 11 Western states and helped efforts to protect greater sage-grouse habitat last year, according to a study commissioned by Pew Charitable Trusts. The $1 billion in recreation spending came mostly from hunters, campers, fishermen, and others.

  • Half of global wildlife populations declined since 1970, says WWF

    The worst decline was among populations of freshwater species, which fell by 76 percent over the four decades to 2010, while marine and terrestrial numbers both fell by 39 percent.

  • Mt. St Helens: Is it ready to erupt again?

    Mt. St. Helens awoke from an 18-year slumber roughly 10 years ago. Now, scientists are saying it looks like Mt. St. Helens 'is getting ready to erupt again and it can happen in the order of years to decades.'