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Hydraulic Fracturing Under Scrutiny In Watershed States

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Foundation officials say assessments are under way, but none is comprehensive. The foundation and other environmental groups are concerned about a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which uses water and chemicals to break rock formations and free gas in the Marcellus Shale formation beneath western Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Ohio.

A 2005 law exempts all hydraulic fracturing chemicals except diesel fuel from federal regulations. The Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill in March that would restrict natural gas drilling until a two-year study is completed.

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What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.
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For Japanese Parents, Gorgeous Bento Lunches Are Packed With High Stakes

It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz Out As Democratic Convention Chair After Email Leak

The leak came just days before the Democratic National Convention begins Monday.
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Verizon Reportedly Prepares To Buy Yahoo For $4.8 Billion

Verizon will announce the deal Monday, according to Bloomberg. While Yahoo will keep its most valuable assets, the move effectively disbands Yahoo as one of the longest-running Internet companies.

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