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Environmentalists Oppose Shipping Fracking Waste By Barge

As more oil and gas drilling takes place in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, there's more liquid waste that needs disposing. A proposal to carry that waste to disposal sites using river barges is getting attention. But some environmentalists say it's just too risky a way to transport the waste.
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Lights Out For 49ers, Ravens Are Super Bowl Champs

The Baltimore Ravens are the new Super Bowl champions. They defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34 to 31 Sunday night in New Orleans. The game threatened to be overshadowed by a momentum changing 34 minute power outage.
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Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'

Wreckage believed to be from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is washing up thousands of miles away in Alaska. The debris isn't just unsightly — it poses environmental worries for the landscape and animals. One conservationist says the problem may be worse than the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
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Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?

The prefabricated nuclear reactors, which would be small enough to build in a factory and ship on trucks, would generate about one-tenth the power of a typical nuclear power plant. It's potentially a growth opportunity for American industry, but critics say the reactors carry a host of safety, security, environmental and economic concerns.
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Foreclosure Process Hammers Florida's Housing Market

As much of the country enjoys the start of a housing recovery, Florida is still being swamped by foreclosures. Experts blame the state's legal process, and they say it will be awhile before the housing market is fully rebuilt in the Sunshine State.
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Power Outage Temporarily Throws Super Bowl Into The Dark

Part of the Superdome in New Orleans lost power during the third quarter, delaying the game for more than 30 minutes. The cause of the outage is still being investigated, the NFL says.
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Home Care Aides Await Decision On New Labor Rules

The industry has changed rapidly, but amendments exempting the workers from minimum wage and overtime pay have not. The Obama administration has yet to formally approve new rules, though the president has come out in favor of them.
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Wood Stork's Endangered Status Is Up In The Air

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife may upgrade the wood stork's status from "endangered" to "threatened." But some environmentalists and the Audubon Society says that in south Florida, the bird's population is still a long way from reaching a full recovery.
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Gun-Control Battle Spills Over To Super Bowl Ads

A Super Bowl ad produced by a group backed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses old video of the NRA chief calling for limited background checks. The ad, which will air in some markets during the third quarter of the Super Bowl, comes amid a heated debate over guns.

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