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EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river

AP News - February 5, 2016 - 6:55pm
DENVER (AP) -- A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday....
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Exclusive: Pentagon's budget plan funds 404 Lockheed F-35 jets - sources

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 6:36pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department plans to buy 404 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets over the next five years, a net decrease of 5 to 7 percent from last year's plan, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.

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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies aged 85

The Guardian - February 5, 2016 - 6:31pm

Mitchell was module pilot on the record-setting Apollo 14 mission in 1971 alongside Alan Shephard Jr

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85.

Mitchell died in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, on the eve of the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing, Nasa said. The Palm Beach Post reported that he died at a hospice centre after a brief illness.

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Families Near The Huge Gas Leak Wonder: Is Home A Safe Place To Be?

NPR - February 5, 2016 - 6:21pm

Most health officials say the small amounts of benzene and other components of the natural gas still leaking in Southern California are probably not a health threat. Still, some parents worry.

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Sixth man on Moon Edgar Mitchell dies

BBC - February 5, 2016 - 6:07pm
US astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon and believed in aliens, dies at the age of 85.
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Special Report: Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 6:01pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. But the U.S. president, a fierce advocate for gun regulation, has money in a pension fund that holds stock in gun and ammunition companies.
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U.S. labor market on solid ground as jobless rate hits eight-year low

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 5:58pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but rising wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm.

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Newly discovered deep-sea worms, including one named 'churro,' could shed light on animal evolution

LA Times - February 5, 2016 - 5:45pm

Here’s one churro you won’t want to eat.

A team led by California researchers has discovered a pink, flatworm-like critter in the deep seas off the Pacific that they’ve named Xenoturbella churro, after the long, delicious fried-dough treat that you will never look at in the same way again.


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Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, one killed

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 5:44pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A construction crane collapsed in lower Manhattan during a swirling snowstorm on Friday, killing one person, injuring three others and crushing cars parked in the street.

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Earthquake measuring 6.4 hits southern Taiwan

geology topix - February 5, 2016 - 5:37pm

The quake was very shallow, at depth of 10-km, which would have amplified its effects, the USGS said [The Associated Press] A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck southern Taiwan near the city of Tainan, triggering at least one building to collapse trapping scores of people. While there were no immediate reports of deaths following the quake, Taiwan's Formosa TV was reporting that 37 people had to be rescued from a seven-storey collapsed building in the city.

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Exclusive: Presidential hopefuls Sanders, Clinton in dead heat - Reuters/Ipsos poll

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 5:34pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's wide lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
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Asteroid could pass close to Earth in March

CBS - February 5, 2016 - 5:29pm
An asteroid that passed 1.3 million miles away from Earth two years ago is set to return, possibly much closer
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Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorist acts'

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 4:50pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter Inc has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

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EPA: Traces of contaminant found in 3 Colorado water systems

AP News - February 5, 2016 - 4:35pm
DENVER (AP) -- Traces of widely used and potentially harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source....
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Record Missouri flooding was humanmade calamity, scientist says

Science Daily - February 5, 2016 - 4:30pm
Why was the New Year's flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but a professor of earth and planetary sciences says analysis of the flood data shows much of the damage was due to recent modifications to the river.
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Twitter suspends 125,000 accounts for promoting terrorism, most related to ISIS

CBC - February 5, 2016 - 4:26pm

Twitter is now using spam-fighting technology to seek out accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity and is examining other accounts related to those flagged for possible removal, the company announced Friday.

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Fusion power: Why it's still elusive despite 5 decades of promises

CBC - February 5, 2016 - 4:11pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed the startup button on a new fusion reactor this week, raising hopes that truly clean energy may finally be only a decade or so away. But it’s a promise that’s been '10 years away' for the last half-century.

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WikiLeaks' Assange calls on Sweden, Britain to allow him freedom after U.N. panel report

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 4:11pm
LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called on Britain and Sweden on Friday to let him freely leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London after a U.N. panel ruled he had been arbitrarily detained and should be awarded compensation.

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Struggling Republican Bush brings out the big gun: his mom

Reuters - February 5, 2016 - 4:09pm
MANCHESTER, N.H./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jeb Bush brought out his famous family four days before the crucial U.S. presidential primary in New Hampshire, tapping his mother on Friday to scold Republican front-runner Donald Trump over his use of profanity and treatment of women.

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Move over Tiger Woods – here's Cyber Woods: Robot golfer hits hole-in-one during tournament

Register - February 5, 2016 - 3:55pm
Quaffs oil at the 19th hole

Vids and pic A robotic golfer has pulled off a feat that most fleshy humans have never managed – scoring a hole-in-one at one of the most famous golf courses in the US.…

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