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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.
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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste — recyclers don't want them, and neither do most landfills. A new business that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream, employing former convicts in the process.
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GWU Students Compete To Collect Cell Phones

George Washington University students have been mobilized to collect 20,000 used cell phones, which the school plans to recycle to pay for charity projects in Africa.

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Ski Resorts Blow Fake Snow For A 'Brown' Winter

Normally at this time of year, about 50 percent of the U.S. is snow-covered.These days, the figure is now more like 20 percent. It's hurting ski resorts and the local economies that thrive on seasonal winter tourism.
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Toxic Chemicals Found In Groundwater Under Fort Detrick

High levels of toxic chemicals are still present in the groundwater beneath a former dumpsite at Fort Detrick.

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Cordova, Alaska, Still Snowed In

Cordova, Alaska, continues to accumulate piles of snow. Melissa Block talks with resident and innkeeper Wendy Rainey.

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