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More Than 80,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Flow Into N.C. River

A broken stormwater pipe in North Carolina has sent the waste into the Dan River, which flows through Virginia and out into the Atlantic. Officials say the drinking water is safe, but environmental questions linger.
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In The Depths Of A Drought, One Mayor Seeks Ways To Cope

Melissa Block speaks with Holly Madrigal, the mayor of Willits, Calif., about the ways her city is seeking to conserve water in the midst of the drought.
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U.S. HVAC Firm Reportedly Linked To Target's Data Security Breach

Hackers who broke into Target's computer network and stole customers' financial and personal data used credentials that were stolen from a heating and air conditioning subcontractor in Pennsylvania, according to digital security journalist Brian Krebs.
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White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

President Obama used an executive order to start a program intended to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.
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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners' tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.
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Which Way For Stocks? Investors Watch 'Worry Index' For Clues

The new year has brought much higher volatility to the market, with stocks bouncing up or down almost daily amid doubts about the global economic outlook. The closely watched Volatility Index has signaled uncertainty about the market's direction in recent weeks.
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Rethinking The 17th Amendment: An Old Idea Gets Fresh Opposition

For more than 100 years, voters have been able to pick U.S. senators themselves. Some conservatives think the country would be better off if state legislators made the choice.
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MLS And Beckham Will Create A New Soccer Team In Miami

England's David Beckham left Major League Soccer after the L.A. Galaxy's 2012 season. His time with the Galaxy reportedly helped him purchase an expansion team at a below-market $25 million.
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An Artificial Arm Gives One Man The Chance To Feel Again

Many scientists have been trying to create neural implants that will let amputees regain a sense of touch and control. One version has let a Danish man feel the texture of things he's touching. But it's an experimental model that's not yet ready for use outside the laboratory.
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Our Brains Rewrite Our Memories, Putting Present In The Past

Even people with good memories can have a hard time remembering the past accurately. That may be because the brain is constantly editing memories, updating them with current information. This may make good evolutionary sense. But it also means that some of your cherished memories may be wrong.

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