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Newark's Drinking Water Problem: Lead And Unreliable Filters

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 15:21

Officials in the New Jersey city began to hand out water bottles this week after the Environmental Protection Agency said filtered drinking water samples exceeded government thresholds on lead levels.

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Air Pollution May Be As Harmful To Your Lungs As Smoking Cigarettes, Study Finds

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 14:33

Smog can spike during hot days. A new study finds that the effects of breathing air pollution may be cumulative. Long-term exposure may lead to lung disease, even among people who've never smoked.

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The U.S. Once Had A Ban On Assault Weapons — Why Did It Expire?

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:06

To secure enough votes in 1994, the ban's sponsors in Congress accepted a "sunset provision" — meaning it would last 10 years but need to be reauthorized. Politics in the U.S. changed.

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Report: There's A Growing Water Crisis In The Global South

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:46

New research by the World Resources Institute finds evidence of a growing crisis in the supply of urban water.

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How Bad Is Pakistan's Plastic Bag Problem? See For Yourself

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:38

Prime Minister Imran Khan's ban on plastic bags in Pakistan goes into effect on August 14. Environmentalists say it's a good idea — but argue that the plan is flawed.

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Bernie Sanders Again Attacks Amazon — This Time Pulling In The Washington Post

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:37

The newspaper's editor responded, accusing Sanders of peddling a "conspiracy theory" about the influence of the paper's owner, Jeff Bezos, who also owns Amazon.

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Hooked On The Internet, South Korean Teens Go Into Digital Detox

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 12:25

Online gaming and other digital activities cause problems in people's health, relationships and studies. Government centers treat teen boys and girls who struggle to cut down on use of tech devices.

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Report: Plácido Domingo Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Multiple Women

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:42

The women — eight singers and a dancer — told The Associated Press that the opera titan tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by offering them jobs.

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Immigration Chief: 'Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor Who Can Stand On Their Own 2 Feet'

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:38

Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services, says the new rule, which can deny green cards to immigrants who use government benefits, is part of Trump "keeping his promises."

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For Women Musicians, Maybelle Carter Set The Standard And Broke The Mold

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:36

One of the most indispensable guitarists of all time, Carter was a quiet revolutionary. Though she didn't concern herself with celebrity or need to be the star, she deserves our deepest admiration.

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Trump Administration Delays Some China Tariffs

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:24

The Trump administration is postponing some tariffs on Chinese imports set to take effect on Sept.1. Tariffs on laptops, cellphones, some clothing and other items are now set to begin Dec. 15.

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For Disability Activists, 3 Weeks In Oregon Is A Game Changer

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:10

A person with a disability may be practically invisible in some countries — or the target of cruel comments. Global activists gathered in Oregon to learn how to change laws and attitudes.

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Families Affected By Mississippi ICE Raids Scramble To Find Support

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 08:51

After last week's ICE raids at poultry plants, undocumented families in Carthage, Miss., try to navigate a path forward with the help of a local church, immigration lawyers and social workers.

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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Better For The Planet? Here's The Science

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:00

There are many elements to consider: climate, animal welfare, greenhouse-gas emissions, land use. And with so many factors at play, sometimes the answer gets complicated.

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'Kochland' Explores How The Famous Brother Duo Made Their Money

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:45

The Koch brothers' wide-ranging influence is no secret. But rather than focusing on how they spend their money, Christopher Leonard presents a richly reported tale of how they got it.

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Markets In Argentina Plunge After Poor Primary Showing For Incumbent President

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:12

Investors feared that the country could default on its $57 billion IMF loan if President Mauricio Macri loses October elections to his leftist rival.

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As Hong Kong Protests Continue, China's Response Is Increasingly Ominous

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:07

For weeks Beijing largely ignored the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. But as they have continued, China's government has become increasingly outspoken.

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It's The Go-To Drug To Treat Opioid Addiction. Why Won't More Pharmacies Stock It?

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 05:00

It can be hard enough finding a doctor who prescribes buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. But patients also report difficulty with pharmacies that refuse to stock the drug.

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Energy Boom That Trump Celebrates Began Years Before He Took Office

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 05:00

President Trump tours a Pennsylvania petrochemical plant Tuesday to highlight the U.S. energy boom. Trump claims credit for surging oil and gas production, but the trend began before he took office.

Flights In Hong Kong Resume As Protests Subside

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 02:32

Although operations at the city's airport appeared to be returning to normal after large protests, the governments in Hong Kong and Beijing issued new warnings to pro-democracy activists.

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