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A patch of warm water that hovered off the coast for most of the year brought an influx of marine animals and birds rarely seen in the area. For many animal enthusiasts, the delight in the treasure trove of animal sightings continues into the new year.
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For many of Navajo Nation, water delivery comes monthly.

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Somkid Thampawech’s wife believes his job at a mine in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province exposed him to dangerous metals which have entered his blood and affected his muscular strength. And Mr Somkid isn’t the only villager who has suffered such symptoms after working in the gold mine.
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Hundreds of firefighters were battling on Tuesday to contain Australia’s worst wildfires in 30 years which have already swept across more than 12,000 hectares outside of Adelaide. Wildfires are a natural annual event in Australia, but some scientists say climate change is increasing both the fire season and intensity.
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Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that it will share its 5,700 patents related to hydrogen fuel cells with other auto companies without charging a royalty fee, hoping to speed the introduction of technologies that the Japanese auto maker has put its weight behind.
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