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Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015

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Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracking oversight

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on a congressional oversight panel are stepping up their investigation into how well states are regulating the disposal of oil and gas waste, citing continuing public concern about the potential environmental and health risks of hydraulic fracturing.

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Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

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Source: Slain suspect in Copenhagen attacks just out of jail

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The slain gunman behind two deadly shooting attacks in Copenhagen was released from jail just two weeks ago and might have become radicalized there last summer, a source close to the Danish terror investigation told The Associated Press on Monday.

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Winter storm slams the South; bitter cold freezes Northeast

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Snow swirled sideways in Kentucky and the typically bustling state capital of Frankfort came to frozen halt Monday as a storm walloped parts of the South, which unlike the Northeast, had been mostly spared this winter.

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Eye-opener: US teens getting less & less sleep, study shows

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

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'SNL' celebrates its big 4-0 with an anniversary special

NEW YORK (AP) — With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation's bicentennial, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3½-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories.

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2 suspected accomplices of Denmark gunman jailed for 10 days

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two men suspected of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen were jailed for 10 days Monday as Danes mourned the victims of a shooting spree that authorities said may have been inspired by last month's terror attacks in Paris.

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