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  • Coal-Fired Plants Scrapped as Part of Utility Deal
    The largest electric utility in Texas, TXU Corp., has agreed to be sold for $32 billion to a group of private-equity firms. In a nod to environmentalists, the utility's new owners would drop plans to build 8 of 11 proposed new coal-burning power plants and make other environmental concessions.
  • How Environmentalists Shaped TXU Deal
    Environmental advocacy groups were called in to help structure the deal for TXU Corp., the Texas electrical utility. Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense, describes the process of winning environmental commitments from TXU's suitors.
  • Insurance Industry Watches 'Medical Tourism'
    More Americans are looking abroad for medical care. A hospital in Thailand is a leader in the field of "medical tourism," doing everything U.S. hospitals do at a fraction of the cost. U.S. health insurers are taking notice.
  • Filmmaker Cameron Claims to Find 'Tomb of Jesus'
    Titanic director James Cameron says he has found the remains of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene and a son named Judah. Scholars are skeptical. A documentary, The Lost Tomb of Jesus, will debut March 4 on the Discovery Channel.
  • Sri Lanka Fighting Traps Thousands in Jaffna
    Thousands of people trying to leave Sri Lanka's Jaffna peninsula are trapped by ethnic conflict. The peninsula is held by the Sri Lankan government. The territory just to the south is in the hands of Tamil Tiger rebels.
  • Longfellow Fans Seek to Make the Weather Verse
    In honor of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birth — 200 years ago Tuesday — the Longfellow Bicentennial Committee invites broadcasters to use lines from his poems in weather reports. For instance: "Silent and soft and slow descends the snow."
  • Wal-Mart Eyes Big Expansion in China
    Wal-Mart is vying to be the largest operator of mega-supermarkets in China. A $1 billion deal could give Wal-Mart control of a Chinese chain called Trust-Mart. Wal-Mart is battling French retailer Carrefour for dominance in China.
  • Post Office to Create 'Forever' Stamp
    The Postal Service is close to unveiling the "forever stamp," good for first-class postage even after postal rates increase. Postal officials say there's no danger of hoarding or losing money on the deal. In fact, they say supplying rolls of two-cent stamps every time there's a rate change is more costly.
  • Nanotechnology Seen as Answer to Counterfeiters
    Improved digital-imaging technology is prompting fears of a flood of funny money. A National Research Council report on emerging counterfeiting threats says the long-term solution is to go high-tech with currency.
  • A Note About Past Dutch Currency
    The U.S. mint has been changing the look of American money. For artistic inspiration, officials might consider the Netherlands' past approach to currency, illustrated by the genius of a young artist who eschewed heads of state for birds and sunflowers.

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