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Montgomery County Bans Road Sealants With Harsh Chemicals

The Montgomery County Council unanimously passed a ban on roadway sealants that contain coal tar Tuesday. It passed despite opposition from some private contractors who use sealants that contain coal tar, which is listed as a "possible" human carcinogen by the federal EPA.

"These coal tar pavement products, which are not even being used by our county department of transportation because of the concerns that they have, why would we then allow for them to be used by private residents when we as a county wouldn't do that?" Council member Craig Rice,  sponsor of the bill, said Tuesday. 

Last year, elevated levels of pollution thought to be caused by sealants with coal tar were found in sediment in a lake in Montgomery Village.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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