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Technicians cut metal waste by Staff Sgt. Francesca Popp - 6/21/2006 - ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska (AFPN) -- Airmen in the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron's metals technology shop are maximizing value while minimizing waste by making what customers need from scratch. On a daily basis, they can produce two-dimensional

Census Bureau to Release Details About Native Hawaiian- and Other Pacific Islander-Owned Businesses - The rate of growth for Native Hawaiian- and other Pacific Islander-owned businesses between 1997 and 2002 was more than three times faster than the national average. The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a news conference to discuss the details about these firms.

HHS To Acquire New Anthrax Therapeutic Treatment For Stockpile - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today it will purchase 20,000 treatment courses of ABthrax, an anthrax therapeutic treatment, from Human Genome Sciences of Rockville, Md. for $165,205,217. Delivery is expected to begin in 2009. Under the terms of the agreement, full payment to Human Genome Sciences is contingent on the product receiving licensure from the Food and Drug Administration.

Dredging begins at Sheboygan River site - CHICAGO (June 21, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 said today that a new phase of cleanup at the upper river portion of the Sheboygan River and Harbor Superfund site begins this week. The project will continue under EPA supervision, in consultation with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, through the fall. Construction vehicles and workers in required protective clothing may be visible on the riverfront near Sheboygan Falls' Rochester Park.

American-Arab Conference Honors Community Contributions By Afzal Khan - Washington – Prince Turki Al Faisal, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, urged Arab Americans to build “new and enduring bridges” between the Arab world and the United States. He made his comments in an address June 17 to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) 26th annual convention in Washington.

July through September U.S. Summer Outlook - June 20, 2006 — As spring rolls out and summer rolls in, the weather patterns for the remainder of June are typical for what the nation can expect for the rest of the summer. (Click NOAA image for larger view of summer 2006 temperature outlook for the months July through September. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)

U.S. Energy Department Expects More Consumption Of Coal, Gas, Renewables - Washington -- A continued rise in prices is projected to dampen global demand for oil and spur use of more coal, natural gas and renewable energy over the next quarter century, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

NASA Sends Explorer Schools Teachers Spaceward Bound - NASA is taking teachers to a barren desert in Chile to help inspire the next generation of explorers. The expedition is part of the Spaceward Bound pilot program, which challenges teachers to design and implement real field research.

Director General George M. Staples Commends Department of State Employees Named as 2006 Service to America Medal Finalists - On June 20, Director General George M. Staples announced that three Department of State employees have been named as finalists for the 2006 Service to America Medals, a national awards program to honor the achievements of federal employees. Ambassador Nancy Powell (Homeland Security Medal), Political Military Officer Matthew Lowe (Call to Service Medal), and Special Assistant Christina Sanford (Call to Service Medal) are three of the 30 national finalists for the awards.

U.S. Says North Korean Missile Test Would Violate Moratorium By Anita N. Wadhwani - Washington -- The Bush administration said June 19 that North Korea"s testing of a long-range ballistic missile would be a "provocative act," and urged Pyongyang to continue its moratorium on the testing it had agreed to in 1999 and reaffirmed in 2002.

EPA cites Equistar Chemicals for clean-air violations - CHICAGO (June 20, 2006) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has cited Equistar Chemicals LP for alleged clean-air violations at the company’s ethylene manufacturing plant at 8805 N. Tabler Road, Morris, Ill.

Edwards team performs second test of small launch vehicle by Christopher Ball - 6/19/2006 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- A 418th Flight Test Squadron team performed the second in a series of tests June 14 by airdropping a 65-foot, 65,000-pound mockup of a booster rocket from a C-17 Globemaster III over the Edwards precision impact range area.

Global Temperature Warmer Than Average - June 19, 2006 — The contiguous United States experienced its fifth warmest May and fourth warmest spring since records began in 1895, while overall precipitation remained below average, according to scientists at the NOAA National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. Also, the June 2005 - May 2006 period was the warmest on record for the contiguous U.S. The continuation of below-normal precipitation combined with much warmer

Pace Quickens for NASA Spacecraft Orbiting Mars - NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has already cut the size and duration of each orbit by more than half, just 11 weeks into a 23-week process of shrinking its orbit. By other indicators, the lion's share of the job lies ahead.

Science Panel To Discuss Model for Cleanup Alternatives for - (Boston, Mass. - June 19, 2006) - Members of the public are invited to attend a meeting of an independent scientific Peer Review Panel evaluating the Model Validation Report for the GE/Housatonic River Site.

Stemming the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons - The United States will participate in the United Nations

EPA Signs Environmental Self-Audit Agreements with Nine New Jersey Institutions - (NEW YORK, N.Y.) Nine New Jersey colleges and universities will conduct comprehensive environmental audits of all their facilities throughout the state under new agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator, and John B. Wilson, President and CEO of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in New Jersey, joined top officials from the nine schools at a signing ceremony today at Rutgers Uni

Democracies on Defensive at UN Human Rights Council - Geneva, June 19, 2006 – UN Watch today called on the UN's new Human Rights Council to adopt concrete measures that will mark a break from its discredited predecessor, the Commission on Human Rights, and announced five benchmarks by which it will judge the council's first year.

Reducing The Risk Of Being Struck By Lightning - Reducing the risk of being struck by lightning is the focus of national Lightning Safety Awareness Week, June 18-24. Lightning is most common in the summer months, but can be a hazard throughout the year. And although most lightning victims are struck outdoors, lightning poses a threat to those indoors as well. (

HHS Issues Final Rule for Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program - HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today announced final rules for the Smallpox Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The rules strengthen the smallpox vaccination compensation program, which provides benefits to public health and medical response team members and others who are injured as a result of receiving the smallpox vaccine.

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