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Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators

Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, leaked into the Dan River this month, magnifying an ongoing fight. Now the Justice Department is examining how coal ash is stored and regulated in the state.
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The System Supplying America's Chickens Pits Farmer Vs. Farmer

Most of the nation's chicken meat is grown by contract farmers who get ranked against each other when it's time to get paid. Critics say someone always ends up losing — and, too often, deep in debt.
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Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship

A U.S. law aimed at tax cheats hiding money abroad has had unintended consequences and has complicated life for many Americans living overseas.
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U.S. Government Will Back Loans For Nuclear Power

The $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees will help build the first new U.S. nuclear power plants in more than three decades. The announcement brought quick criticism from some environmentalists.
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Facebook Will Buy WhatsApp Message Service For $19 Billion

WhatsApp makes a text messaging app that works on all major smartphone operating systems. Founded in Silicon Valley less than five years ago, the company has 55 employees.
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Americans Want Antibiotic-Free Chicken, And The Industry Is Listening

Chick-fil-A's plan to ditch antibiotics in its birds is part of a small but growing trend. Driving the growth is concern about the risks associated with routine use of antibiotics in farm animals.
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Spirit Airlines Taps A Nation Of Hate Fliers

Spirit Airlines is one of America's fastest-growing airlines. It's also among the least popular airlines in America. How can one airline be both things at once?
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Kurds Bypass Iraq Government, Build Oil Pipeline To Turkey

In the autonomous northern region of Iraq, the Kurds have decided to take the contentious matter of oil into their own hands. They built a pipeline out of the country bypassing the central government and sparking outrage in Baghdad. Steve Inskeep talks to Ben Lando, of the Iraq Oil Report, which covers daily happenings in and around Iraq.
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Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico

President Obama travels to Mexico on Wednesday to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. The three presidents are talking about the increased trade among their countries, 20 years since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

The AFL-CIO is holding its winter meetings this week in Houston. The movement says its efforts to organize across the South continue despite the high profile defeat at the VW plant.

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