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Why Grain Storage Bin Rescues Are Risky And Complex

Grain bin entrapments are so common that some rural fire departments have specially trained teams and customized equipment to rescue victims. When corn or grain trap workers, it is difficult to extract victims, and rescuers have very technical ways to proceed.
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Researchers Expect Oil Demand To Plateau By Decade's End

A report by analysts at Citigroup says a shift from oil to natural gas that began in the United States is about to follow suit in other countries. The report says gas may supplant oil for generating electricity in the developing world and will also become more commonly used for transportation.
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Manufacturing Redux Benefits Texas Gulf Coast

Millions of Americans have lost factory jobs over the past decade, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life. And that's in large measure because of the discovery of abundant supplies of cheap natural gas. The gas can be used to fire up plants, and its byproducts can be used to make chemicals. All of that is creating jobs.
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5 Justices Express Doubt About Defense Of Marriage Act

On Wednesday, several Supreme Court justices voiced strong skepticism about the constitutionality of DOMA. That's the law that bars same-sex couples legally married under state law from receiving the same federal benefits as married heterosexual couples.
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State Supreme Court Upholds Indiana's School Vouchers

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled this week that the state's voucher program is constitutional. The case was widely watched because the program there has wide eligibility.
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4 Senators Get First-Hand Look At Border Security

Some of the senators working on overhauling immigration left the halls of Congress to go to the border crossing between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico. Reporters weren't invited, though the senators did speak to the press afterwards. David Greene talks to Politico reporter Anna Palmer about the border visit.
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Discord Grows Over Chicago's Planned School Closings

Hundreds of members of the Chicago teachers union and other labor groups rallied Wednesday in an ongoing protest over a school closure plan that would shut down more than 10 percent of the district's 400 plus elementary schools. This is part of a political showdown with the city that began earlier in the school year when the teachers went on strike.
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Deflections: The Unofficial Stat That Measures Success

The basketball tactic isn't officially tracked. There isn't even a universal definition (it can occur when a defensive player in any way redirects the intended flight of the ball). But University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino knows deflections are key to winning.

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