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Boy With Asperger's Finds Friend In Zoo's Sea Lion (VIDEO)

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By Arin Greenwood It’s clear that this little boy is having one fantastic day, hanging out with a frisky, friendly sea lion at the National Zoo: “This is the best thing of my life!” yells Alex, a 7-year-old Virginian with Asperger’s syndrome whose mom, Jennifer Bittner, took a video of her son’s awesome playdate with […]

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CNBC's Joe Kernen: Climate Change Is 'Like Witchcraft'

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By Catherine Taibi We know the media doesn’t like to talk about climate change much, but this latest case of global warming denial has taken things to a new level. CNBC’s Joe Kernen said Thursday morning that climate change and higher temperatures in January were likely not a result of increased CO2, but rather of […]

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DOT-111 Rail Tank Cars Used To Ship Oil Called 'Unacceptable'

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By James Gerken WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken region are an “unacceptable public risk,” and even cars voluntarily upgraded by the industry may not be sufficient, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday. The cars, known as DOT-111s, were involved in […]

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Fracking Illinois: As State Falters, County Vote to Ban Fracking Gains Support--And Media Blackout

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By Jeff Biggers As the national media puts the spotlight on the “FrackGate” public relations scandal in Ohio, where state officials worked to “marginalize opponents of fracking by teaming up with corporations–including Halliburton–business groups and media outlets,” Illinois residents behind a groundbreaking ballot initiative to ban fracking in rural Johnson County are facing a similar […]