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Guardsmen Bring Combat Skills to Fighting Western Fires

Fighting wildfires is "like being in a combat zone, just we're not getting shot at," said Army Sgt. Julian Ross, one of the California National Guardsmen called up to battle the wildfires in his state.

SOP newswireIndustry and Conservation Partners Announce New Guidelines to Prevent Bird Electrocutions on Power Lines - WASHINGTON -- Conservation and industry leaders today announced updated guidelines aimed at helping electric utility industries prevent bird electrocutions and ensure reliable power delivery.
SOP newswireConservation Plan for Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of the stand-alone Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
SOP newswireThe Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Disaster Response - ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- During the first few hours or days following a disaster, individuals and families should be ready to act on behalf of their own safety. Local essential services, such as police, firefighters, medical teams and utility crews may
SOP newswireNew Report Shows Teen Births Drop To Lowest Level Ever - The teen birth rate in the United States fell to its lowest level ever in 2005, according to the latest birth statistics for the nation, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
SOP newswireVirginia, Refugees Find a Welcoming Home - Charlottesville, Virginia -- Najeeba Siddiqe is a tiny woman, but her small size belies her strength and indomitable courage.
SOP newswireAmerica Supports You: WWE Taking Milestone Letter to Troops in Iraq - That letter marks a milestone for Shauna Flemming, 17, founder of “A Million Thanks,” a California-based nonprofit troop-support group with an original goal of collecting 1 million letters of gratitude for troops. Shauna surpassed
SOP newswireTop Marine Says, U.S. Must Be Patient With Iraqi Progress - WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2006 – The Iraqi military is making progress in assuming the security mission in the country, but whether U.S. public opinion will allow the U.S. military to complete the training mission in Iraq is the
SOP newswireThanksgiving Is a Time for Tradition and Sharing - Thanksgiving in the United States is possibly the premier U.S. family celebration, typically celebrated at home and marked with a substantial feast. As the anchor of what is for many a four-day holiday weekend, Thanksgiving
SOP newswireJanuary 23, 2007 All Air Travelers To U.S. Will Need a Passport - As of January 23, 2007, citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda must show valid passports when traveling to the United States by air from any part of the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. Department
SOP newswireOfficial Says, Homeland Security Dept. Opposes Racial Profiling - Washington -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it will review the conduct of its employees who were involved with the removal of six Muslim imams from a November 20 domestic flight bound from Minneapolis to Phoenix.
SOP newswireAmerican Indian Musicians Make Many Kinds of Music - Washington -- American Indian musicians are composing and playing not only traditional music but also works for string quartets, chamber and symphony
SOP newswireMiddle East Partnership Initiative Providing More than $1.1 Million for U.S.-Middle East University Partnerships - The Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) is supporting greater freedom and opportunity for students in the region with four new grants totaling $1,160,000 for partnerships between colleges and universities in the United States and the Middle East. The projects selected for awards include:
SOP newswirePresident Bush Meets with Business Leaders in Vietnam - THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much for -- thank you very much for joining me and the Secretary of State. I find it really interesting that my first meeting in Ho Chi Minh City is at the stock exchange.
SOP newswireRemarks by the President to the Press Pool After Tour of Pasteur Institute - Laura and I are honored to be here at the center of the networking to help Vietnam battle HIV/AIDS. And Doctor, thank you for
SOP newswire NTSB Final Report on the George Washington Parkway Bus Accident - On November 14, 2004, at about 10:40 a.m., a motor coach carrying 27 high school students, a chaperone and a driver collided with the bottom of the Alexandria Avenue Bridge crossing the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria
SOP newswireChinese Intellectual Property Theft Could Spur U.S. Protectionism - Washington -- Widespread theft of intellectual property in China can undermine support in the United States for expanding trade between the two countries, U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez says.
SOP newswireChicago, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Kansas Communities Praised for Environmentally-Sensitive Development - EPA today presented its 2006 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement to the City of Chicago; the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the City of Wichita, Kan.; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and the City of Winooski, Vt. These
SOP newswireUnited States Implementing Intercountry Adoption Standards - Washington -- The United States is in the final stages of implementing new, federal-level standards and protections that greatly will benefit thousands of children from around the world in need of permanent families.
SOP newswireNational Intelligence Director Negroponte to Address 21st Annual Meeting of Overseas Security Advisory Council - Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte will address the 21st annual meeting of the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The OSAC annual meeting will run from November 14-16, 2006.
SOP newswireFAA to Support India’s Efforts to Modernize Its Aviation System - WASHINGTON, DC — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Marion C. Blakey and Praful Patel, India’s Minister for Civil Aviation, signed an agreement today designed to further the development and modernization of India’s civil aviation infrastructure
Justin BrandtFlorida Elections Arena/A Question Of Balance - Many are wondering if there will be another voting catastrophe in Florida during the 2008 Presiential Election. An answer... sort of.
SOP newswireEPA and Chicago wilderness to honor top Native Landscaping efforts - CHICAGO (Nov. 13, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and Chicago Wilderness will announce the winners of their annual Conservation and Native Landscaping Awards at a Nov. 15 ceremony at Northwestern University.
SOP newswireEnvironmental Toxicology and Chemistry: From Pharmaceuticals in Groundwater to Mercury in High U.S. Mountains - The 27th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is being held November 5-9, 2006, at the Palais de Congrès in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Additional information about the conference can be found online
SOP newswireFAA Airborne Networking - The Federal Aviation Administration predicts that as many as one billion passengers a year could be flying the nation's airways by the year 2015. While technology is changing with the blink of an eye, aviation users and industry partners are demanding
SOP newswireInternational Safety Forum Safety Challenge - Thank you, Madam Secretary. Good morning, and thank you all for coming. You know, there are 194 countries on this planet, and there are more than 50 countries here with us today. Now that’s something. For those of you who are new to this
SOP newswireEndangered Duck Population Reaches Triple Digits - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) biologists and partners are pleased to report that the endangered Laysan duck at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) have had a very successful breeding season
SOP newswireNew Jersey Truckers Driving Toward Environmental Excellence - Four New Jersey companies were among 23 honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a ceremony this week at the American
SOP newswireLOST IN TRANSLATION? Not at the National Virtual Translation Center - The language skills of most 3-year-olds are limited at best. But we know one that speaks dozens of languages fluently...that can translate technical documents and recordings...and that helps prevent terrorist attacks and solve crimes. It’s the National Virtual Translation Center, based at FBI Headquarters.
SOP newswireHome Energy Efficiency Efforts Pay Off in Big Savings - The energy efficiency of more than 325,000 homes and apartment units across the country was improved through better building techniques and energy efficiency improvements, saving consumers close to $150 million in 2005, according to the first annual Partnership for Home Energy
SOP newswireU.S. science agency urges more study of native African vegetable - Washington -- More scientific study of indigenous vegetables found in Africa could uncover ways to feed the continent's growing population and spur sustainable development, according to a new
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