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A Bureau of Land Management helicopter rounds up wild horses near Cold Creek, Nev., in June 2002. A similar operation is under way to capture about 2,500 wild horses in the next two months. (Associated Press)

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The green economy means the transformation of the nation's energy infrastructure from today's heavy reliance on carbon-intensive fossil fuels to a much stronger embrace of clean, renewable forms of energy. (Mark Fenton/Bread for the World)

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associated press Snow-covered traffic lights caused a fatal accident during a snowstorm in Oswego, Ill., in April. The problem stemmed from replacing incandescent lights with energy-efficient ones, which aren't hot enough to melt the snow.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Bo Burns (above and below) works at K&B Timberworks Inc., a recently reopened mill in Reserve, N.M., which was without one after 1990. The owner says the mill's future depends on federal contracts to thin forestland for wildfire prevention, funded in part by a federal timber law that has been extended beyond its original intent of helping communities hard hit by environmental restrictions on logging.

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A program to return the Mexican gray wolf, endangered in the U.S., back into the wild along the Arizona-New Mexico border has produced a decade of frustration and little resolution. (Associated Press)

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** File ** Shoppers flood into Victoria's Secret as it opens on Black Friday, 2012. (Peter Lockley / The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS **FILE** Job seekers line up in front of a Dollar General booth at a Little Rock, Ark., job fair in October. Some economists and business executives warn that health care and climate-change costs on corporations would stifle the ability of employers to hire workers.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Valero Energy Corp.'s Delaware City, Del., refinery lost about $1 million every day this year. Falling fuel demand has forced refineries across the country to shut down and put hundreds of employees out of work.

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The Chevy Cobalt is on the assembly line at the Lordstown Assembly Plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Associated Press)

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Construction employees work on an overpass over Highway 71 near the southwestern Missouri city of Lamar in 2009. The project was part of President Obama's stimulus package. (Associated Press File)

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President Obama's address to a crowd in Prague included his go-to phrase, "Let me be clear." Mr. Obama has relied on the four-word introduction to pitch everything from health care, climate change and auto bailouts to his reaction to the Nobel Peace Prize. (Associated Press)

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Motorists pass a billboard encouraging people not to text while driving in Indianapolis, where drivers younger than 18 are banned from using cell phones. (Associated Press)

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Small ice figures are seen on the stairs of Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin on Sept. 2, 2009, as part of an art project by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). One thousand ice figures by Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo were melting within 30 minutes, symbolizing the effect of global warming.

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More than four feet of sand is brought to the beach along the seawall in January in Galveston to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. According to Steve LeBlanc, the city manager of Galveston, the sand is being brought over to the seawall from the east end of the island. In some places, they are adding up to 200 feet of beach. The main concern is to protect the wood pylons beneath the concrete of the seawall. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS New Jersey's Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the oldest nuclear power plant in the U.S., seen here in February 1998, is facing criticism from environmentalist groups after a series of radioactive water leaks were discovered.

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Locals wait out a storm in Goma, where the main thoroughfare is choked with potholes that fill with rainwater. Hunger and disease have killed an estimated 5 million people in Congo since 1998. "By any yardstick, [Congo] has been a humanitarian disaster, and one the world has ignored," says John Holmes, undersecretary-general of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

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Above: Casey Trees' bicycle Crew Captain Karja Hansen turns on a Massachusetts Avenue fire hydrant, the water source the crew uses to water trees, as intern Evan Douglas looks on. Casey Trees has the nation's first bike-powered program to care for trees. Intern Heydi Lovo (right and below right) waters her trees.

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Pipes carrying liquid natural gas, or LNG, and electrical lines run toward a storage tank at the Distrigas liquid natural-gas plant in Everett, Mass. Some energy experts say there is sufficient liquid natural-gas storage capacity in the U.S. to make natural gas a good choice for serving the nation's energy needs until other energy sources become more common.

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Associated Press photographs. *FILE* Jim Hill (above) looks after the marijuana he grows for medicinal purposes at his farm in Potter Valley, Calif., and shows the roots (left) of one plant.

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The government's required switch from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs come with potential hazards: Improper disposal of the mercury-powered bulbs may pollute landfills and groundwater. (Associated Press)