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TRAIN Act Colossal Waste of Money, Attempt to Delay Regulations 21.9.2100 Union of Concerned Scientists
The House is expected to take up a bill today, called the TRAIN Act, which would waste $2 million of taxpayer money by mandating redundant cost-benefit analyses of environmental and health regulations.
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The 11 Stupidest Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana 20.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A version of this story was first published in February. Nearly 80 years ago, the feature film "Reefer Madness" hit theaters, projecting demonstrably false anti-marijuana propaganda all over the big screen. In today's era of legal medical and recreational cannabis, the tone of this movie is often mocked. But drug warriors are still employing many of the same hysterical arguments to prop up their campaign against weed. When it comes to public opinion, it's becoming clear that anti-pot crusaders are losing the battle. Recreational marijuana is for sale in Colorado, it’s coming to Washington sometime soon and a number of states have considered legalization measures this legislative session. In all, 20 states have passed laws allowing the medical or recreational use of marijuana, and with a majority of Americans now in favor of legal weed for the first time in U.S. history, the momentum is on marijuana's side. As more states move toward reforming pot laws, many anti-weed groups have clung to the same tired ...
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Misdiagnosed Bipolar: One girl's struggle through psych wards before Stanford doctors make bold diagnosis and treatment 20.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: San Jose/Valley
One day, Tessa Gallo was a typical sixth-grader, the next her mother says 'she was psychotic and mentally retarded.' It took 10 months misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder before two Stanford doctors determined she had a misunderstood and little-known condition called PANS that was likely caused by some kind of infection that sent her immune system attacking her brain.
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No-coral campaign leads to faux coral jewelry 19.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Patients' electronic records lead to more sharing, fewer hospital tests 19.4.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Allina study of record-sharing system shows how patients avoid unnecessary tests, procedures.
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Restitution Ordered For Breeder With 20,000 Dying Rats, Reptiles 19.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California exotic pet breeder who had 20,000 dead and dying rats and reptiles in a warehouse has avoided jail time but was ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, also was sentenced to five years of probation and 200 hours of community service at a hearing Wednesday. He owned Global Captive Breeders in Lake Elsinore, 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which sold exotic snakes and reptiles, along with rats for reptile food. Behm and business manager David Delgado were arrested and initially charged with more than 100 counts each of felony animal cruelty. Behm negotiated a deal, pleading to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Under its terms, Behm won't be able to own any animals or operate any animal-related businesses. Delgado, 30, of Rialto, has pleaded guilty to a dozen felony counts and faces more than five years in prison. His sentencing hearing is in May. In 2012, People for the Ethical Treatment of ...
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Debbie Gibson has Lyme disease 19.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Local News
Singer explains why she has lost a tremendous amount of weight.
China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted 19.4.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.
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China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted 19.4.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.
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Big Victory for Public Health - Court Upholds Mercury, Toxic Air Pollution Protections 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld limits on dangerous emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution from power plants. This was a big victory for clean air, clean water, and the health of our families. The court decision keeps in place the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics (MATS) standard, which is on track to eliminate as much as 90 percent of the mercury and air toxics currently released into our air by coal-fired power plants. As the mom of a young daughter, I know that mercury pollution is of special concern to families, because babies exposed to high levels of mercury in the womb are at higher risk of lifelong developmental problems including lowered IQ, learning disabilities, and delays in walking and talking. Mercury exposure is so widespread that, according to EPA studies , at least 1.4 million American women of childbearing age have enough mercury in their bodies to put a fetus at developmental risk. Coal-fired power plants are the ...
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Flesh-eating bacterium is a child of the 80s 18.4.2014 New Scientist: Living World
In the early 1980s, a previously innocuous bacterium gained the grim weapons it needed to cause necrotising fasciitis, reveals a global genetics ...
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Miley Cyrus sidelined for possibly three weeks 18.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: News
Recovery from 'extreme allergic reaction' has already forced the singer to miss two concerts.
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Third Report in Three Days Shows Scale of Fracking Perils 17.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
March 2013 Annapolis, Maryland rally against fracking (Flickr / Maryland Sierra Club / Creative Commons license)The fracking industry is having a bad ...
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KBR and Halliburton Can Be Sued For Iraq Toxic Burn Pits, Court Rules 17.4.2014 War Profiteers
KBR and Halliburton
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Where is your company on the path to safer, healthier products? 17.4.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

The producers of two popular chemical assessment tools are joining forces to help companies squeeze chemicals from their products.

Where is your company on the path to safer, healthier products?
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Supreme Court Could Make It Harder For Victims Of Hazardous Pollutants To Get Justice 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Tate MacQueen pulled the yellow flyer from his Asheville, N.C., mailbox, his thoughts flew to his young children. The flyer warned of toxic contamination in the well water. "Nothing will raise your hackles like someone telling you that the air you may be breathing or the water you may be drinking is dangerous," said MacQueen, 47, a local high school history teacher. Testing found pollutants in multiple local wells. The presumed cause: toxic chemicals from a CTS Corp. plant. MacQueen and dozens of his Asheville neighbors brought a lawsuit seeking compensation for damage to their property values and health from the company, which manufactures electronic components. But their time may have already run out. Because of the way North Carolina law is written, the Asheville residents may have no legal recourse. CTS shut down that plant and sold the property in 1987. A state statute cuts off a company's liability 10 years after its last contaminating act, meaning the deadline for filing claims came and went ...
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Mercury News editorial: Obama choice to lead HHS is eminently qualified 17.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Editorials
Republicans' opposition is yet another effort to sabotage further implementation of health care reforms
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Eugene Robinson: A victory lap for Obamacare 16.4.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
It's all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working
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'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution 16.4.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
'Environmental Injustice': Minorities Face Nearly 40% More Exposure to Toxic Air Pollution
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Brian Johnson says AC/DC not disbanding, but illness taints future 16.4.2014 LA Times: Top News
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