Items by Elizabeth Manning

Big groups drop appeal
A coalition of major environmental groups decides not to appeal Clinton's Option Nine Northwest forest plan.
Forest Service lops off timber task force
The Forest Service disbands its elite Timber Theft Task Force.
Timber theft detectives feel a chill
Agents of the Forest Service's Timber Theft Task Force complain they are prevented from doing their job.
Blow-up over nuclear dump
Scientists worry that a planned underground nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain might someday explode.