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October 3, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. Ambassador William B. Wood urged Colombia to spray weedkiller in the country's nature parks to destroy coca, the plant from which cocaine is derived. He said the chemicals would not cause widespread damage to the reserves' ecosystems. Harried by eradication campaigns elsewhere, drug traffickers have in recent years streamed into the parks, where spraying is banned. There, they have torn down thousands of acres of virgin rainforest to plant coca.
September 13, 2005 | Jordan Rane, Special to The Times
FOR years, hikers in the South Bay have treated Portuguese Bend, hiding on the far side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Donald Trump's Ocean Trails Golf Course, like their own wild, immutable backyard. Miles of unmarked trails, some of them hundreds of years old, wind through tilted fields of coastal sage scrub, up and down empty canyons and around the occasional endangered California gnatcatcher nest.
June 30, 2005 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has led a group of cities in buying natural gas reserves in Wyoming for $300 million to help ensure a stable supply for its power plants, officials announced Wednesday. The DWP signed a purchase agreement with Anschutz Pinedale Corp. in Denver to buy a portion of the company's natural gas reserves in Sublette County, officials said.
April 6, 2005 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Seeking to defuse tensions over his plan to withdraw Israelis from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Tuesday met for the first time in months with representatives of the Jewish settlements that are to be emptied. Among the topics was a new proposal by settlers that would allow them to move en masse to a coastal area north of Gaza. The fence-mending session ended without decisions, but with promises of further talks, Israeli media reported.
March 13, 2005 | Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Writer
Bedeviled by killings, escapes and scandals at Mexico's prisons, authorities are trying a number of novel steps to regain control, including using soldiers in armored vehicles to guard the country's top-security prison. But perhaps no measure is as striking as the decision to revive a once-dreaded island penal colony at a time when other nations are converting such prisons into nature reserves or tourist attractions.
January 17, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Perennial bridesmaid Unocal Corp. has been a rumored takeover target for years, yet it has remained independent as other major oil companies consolidated. Now there's fresh speculation that one or more suitors are circling the El Segundo-based company and that, this time, it might actually get hitched.
July 18, 2004 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
A few years ago, this spindly island that Russia wears like a holstered gun on its eastern hip was as close to nowhere as anyone could imagine. Eight time zones from Moscow, Sakhalin Island was best known for the day in 1983 when a South Korean airliner strayed too close to a top-secret Soviet military installation and got shot out of the sky. Playwright Anton Chekhov had a one-word description when he visited in 1890: "Hell."
May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
Some El Paso Corp. employees used "aggressive" and "unsupported" methods to book oil and natural gas reserves from 1999 to 2003, the company said Monday, confirming that it would restate figures for that period. An independent review found that employees provided estimates "they knew or should have known were incorrect," the Houston-based company said. The review also revealed that certain employees used "aggressive and, at times, unsupported methods to book proved reserves" from 1999 to 2003.
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