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Maryland Fracking Opponents Want 18-Month Moratorium

Opponents of fracking in Maryland have introduced a bill calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique until studies are completed on its impact. The bill calls for an 18-month moratorium to protect against immediate pressure to drill once the first round of studies on the issue is completed.

Gov. Martin O'Malley issued an executive order in 2011 creating a commission to study the impact of fracking, but critics have said funding had not been provided for the analysis.

Last month, O'Malley proposed $1.5 million for stream sampling, economic analysis and a public health review. Fracking uses water and chemicals to break up shale formations. Critics say it can pollute groundwater. Supporters say it can be an economic boon to rural areas.

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'Theeb' Looks At Middle East History Through The Eyes Of A Bedouin Boy

The Oscar-nominated film is set in 1916 Saudi Arabia, a pivotal time in the region. Director Naji Abu Nowar says he wanted to explore "how strange and surreal it must have been" for the Bedouins.
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After Introducing Changes, Keurig Sales Continue To Fall

Despite America's high coffee consumption, Keurig reported disappointing sales this week. Even during its popular holiday selling period, the numbers haven't perked up in recent years.
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Who Is Moscow's Favorite Among The U.S. Presidential Candidates?

The official line in Russia is that it doesn't matter who wins in November, since it won't change what the Kremlin sees as Washington's anti-Russia stance. But some candidates are better than others.
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Twitter Says It Has Shut Down 125,000 Terrorism-Related Accounts

The announcement comes just weeks after a woman sued Twitter, saying the platform knowingly let ISIS use the network "to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits."

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