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$1.22 A Gallon: Cheap Gas Raises Fears Of Urban Sprawl

Gas prices in Columbus, Ohio, are among the lowest in the country. Drivers appreciate the savings, but anti-sprawl advocates say cheap gas doesn't help their cause.

So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists

As it falls, snow forms a sort of net for catching pollutants in the atmosphere. Pesticides and dirt from soil can also end up in there. Still, most researchers told us they'd eat it, with caveats.

EPA Faces Fallout From Flint, Mich., Water Crisis

A top EPA official resigned Thursday over the handling of the ongoing water contamination crisis in Flint, Mich. The role of the EPA and whether the federal agency should have done more has been a recurring theme in White House discussions this week.

What Flint, Mich., And Kabwe, Zambia, Have In Common

They may be half a world away from each other, but both are dealing with the awful effects of lead poisoning.

#Blizzard2016 Blankets East Coast In An Avalanche Of Cliches

Many of us are already sick of hearing about the white stuff — and we haven't even felt the wrath of Ol' Man Winter yet.

Truck Sale Profits Help Automakers Develop Future Technologies

Consumers bought a historic number of trucks and SUVs last year. With gas prices at record lows, consumers are gobbling up increasingly bigger and faster trucks. What does that mean for the future?

El Niño Does Bring Floods And Drought, But There's A Silver Lining

We're in the middle of an El Niño that's already caused weather-related disasters and will last at least several more months. Now for the good news.

California Examines Safety Of Gas Wells Amid Methane Leak

New information has surfaced about conditions surrounding the broken gas storage well releasing methane in southern California. The powerful greenhouse gas has been escaping for three months. It turns out the well was being operated in a way some experts say leaves little margin of safety, and the state of California is now re-examining the practice.
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Overscared and Overprepared? The Sense In Snow Panic

For many weather-wary Washingtonians, this week's pending snowstorm is eliciting groans about over-hyped winter weather. We find out why pressing the panic button during storms can be a good thing, and how it helps communities stay safe.


'Act Of God' Blamed By Energy Company For Decade-Old Oil Spill

An oil and gas company has spoken publicly for the first time on a decade-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 toppled a production platform off the Louisiana coast.