SCRAPER, Okla. - Ellen Thompson remembers the first time she came to the Illinois River in 2006 to kayak: She saw cattle - and their droppings - alongside the river and heard tales that the waters were infested with poultry manure.

LOS ANGELES - A judge heard the first of several ownership claims Friday for an enormous emerald valued at upward of $400 million that has spawned a legal case as tangled as the jungles in eastern Brazil where it was unearthed almost a decade ago.

LOS ANGELES - A small army of lawyers has converged in a Los Angeles courtroom to argue about ownership of the world's second-largest emerald.

TOKYO - Japanese prosecutors decided Friday to release the captain of a Chinese fishing boat involved in a collision near disputed islands whose detention raised tensions between the Asian neighbors.

BEIJING - A Chinese dairy company executive and six other people were arrested after authorities discovered 26 tons of milk powder tainted with a toxic chemical, the latest incident highlighting the country's enduring struggle with food safety, a report said Monday.
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