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Doomsday Clock Ticks Closer to Midnight

Those who keep track of these things say the world is closer to apocalypse than most people know.

The Doomsday Clock, a figurative timepiece used as a barometer of humankind’s fate, was moved one minute closer to midnight on Tuesday, the first time it has been nudged forward since 2007.

It is now 11:55, five minutes before Doomsday.

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Drought Kills Half a Billion Texas Trees

The Texas Forest Service reports the unrelenting Texas drought has killed as many as 500 million mature trees -- 10 percent of the state's entire forest cover -- and the end is not in sight.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Delayed — Competitor Offers an Alternative

Critics of a proposed Trans-Canada oil pipeline from Canada to Texas are feeling a sense of relief, over the U.S. State Department's decision to stop the project until after the 2012 election.

At the same time, another big Canadian pipeline company says it can bring crude oil to Texas much faster and at less expense.

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Obama To Expand Drilling in Gulf of Mexico and Off Alaska

The Obama administration has announced its five-year offshore drilling plan, which includes emphasis on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Alaska.

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NASA Prepares for Lunar Tourists

Tourists on the moon?  Sacre bleu!  Don't laugh. It's going to happen someday, maybe not in our lifetimes, but someday.  And NASA is already putting policies in place to make sure space tourists don't mess with all that Earthly "stuff" the Apollo astronauts left behind.

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Pipeline Protest at White House

People here in east Texas will be interested to know that thousands of protesters gathered in Lafayette Square across from the White House Sunday, to oppose a plan for a transnational oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.

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Study Recommends Abandoning West Galveston island

A study by scientists at Rice University says Galveston officials should seriously consider abandoning the west end of the island -- and retreating to the area behind the seawall to avoid being swamped by rising seas.

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Northern Lights Seen Down South

A dazzling display of the Northern Lights amazed and delighted skywatchers across North America from Canada all the way south to Arkansas Monday night, October 24th, painting the sky with striking green and even rare red hues.

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