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Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall

Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.
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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.
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Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Workers continue to clean the coastline near Santa Barbara, where some 105,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled. Several pelicans, both dead and alive, have been found soaked in oil.
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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling.
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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months To Determine Cause Of Calif. Spill

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a 9-mile stretch near Santa Barbara.
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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Adds To Pipeline Operator's Dismal Safety Record

Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline is reported to have a number of previous infractions. One of the company's pipelines also spilled an estimated 10,000 gallons near Los Angeles a year ago.
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Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.
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Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.
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Calif. Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency To Aid In Oil Spill Clean Up

An estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline along the California coast near Santa Barbara. Crews are working to contain a 9 mile wide sheen in the Pacific Ocean.

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