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Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

In the film, opening in theaters across the country Friday, Matt Damon's character pitches natural gas drilling to a rural community. Even with a number of inaccuracies, the film explores real-life issues confronting towns that are promised wealth but have to weigh potential environmental impacts of drilling.

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A Single Mom's Toughness Pays Off

For years after his father died, Reginald Mason's mother struggled to maintain a sense of normalcy for him — despite her financial troubles. "She made me and shaped me as a man," Mason says.
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From Canada To Latin America, The Christmas Bird Count Is On

Since 1900, citizen scientists across the Americas have braved bad weather and lack of sleep to participate in the yearly count — essentially, a bird-watching marathon. In the process, these birds have created the world's longest-running database in ornithology and given scientists a great tool for assessing the health of bird populations.
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Outspoken Alan Grayson Gets Another Chance In Congress

The Florida Democrat was among the House freshmen sworn in this week, but he's been through this before. He started serving in Congress four years ago, but lost a bid for re-election. Now he's back on Capitol Hill, and he shows no signs of softening his tone.
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Kansas Presses Sperm Donor To Pay Child Support

A Kansas man's decision to donate sperm to help a lesbian couple conceive a child in 2009 has landed him in a complicated legal case, as a state agency is now pursuing him for child support payments. William Marotta, 46, signed away his parental rights in 2009. Now he's asking a judge to dismiss the state's case, which has grabbed national attention.

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