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Wastewater Spill Turns Waters Yellow In New State 9.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A yellow sludge spilling from a shuttered gold mine into a southwestern Colorado river has reached northern New Mexico, a state official said Saturday. The plume arrived in the city of Aztec on Friday night and Farmington on Saturday morning, San Juan County Emergency Management Director Don Cooper said. Officials in both cities shut down the river's access to water treatment plants and say the communities have a 90-day supply of water and other water sources to draw from. "There's not a lot we can do. We can keep people away (from the river) and keep testing," Cooper said. "We still don't know how bad it is." About 1 million gallons of wastewater from Colorado's Gold King Mine began spilling into the Animas River on Wednesday when a cleanup crew supervised by the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally breached a debris dam that had formed inside the mine.     The mine has been inactive since 1923. No health hazard has been detected, but tests were being analyzed. Federal ...
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EPA Causes Massive Mine Waste Spill in Colorado That Turns River Orange 7.8.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans See Progress, Room For Improvement On Voting Rights 7.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Voting Rights Act Turned 50 years old this week but polling shows minority voter participation has a way to go. Views on race relations hit a 15-year low. And most Americans say achieving equality remains an ongoing process. This is HuffPollster for Friday, August 7, 2015.  AMERICANS BROADLY SUPPORT VOTING RIGHTS, BUT DIVIDE OVER SPECIFICS - Kathleen Weldon: "The Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights legislation that provided federal oversight of voting in states where evidence of minority voter suppression existed, was passed on August 6, 1965. Nearly 50 years later, in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions at the heart of the law, stating that 'our country has changed.' Public opinion polling on voting rights over the last 75 years show a country united in a desire to see the right to vote protected, but divided in their beliefs about how to achieve that goal -- or whether the goal has already been reached." [ HuffPost ] Americans say voting barriers still exist - Christine ...
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EPA Accidentally Spills Millions Of Gallons Of Waste, Turning River Orange 7.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
  DENVER (AP) — A million-gallon mine waste spill that sent a plume of orange-ish muck down a river in southwest Colorado on Thursday was caused by a federal mine cleanup crew. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek. "The project was intended to pump and treat the water and reduce metals pollution flowing out of the mine," agency spokesman Rich Mylott said in a statement. The creek runs into the Animas River, which then flows into the San Juan River in New Mexico and joins the Colorado River in Utah. Officials emphasized that there was no threat to drinking water from the spill. But downstream water agencies were warned to avoid Animas water until the plume passes, said David Ostrander, director of EPA's emergency response program in Denver. Officials weren't sure how long it would take the plume to ...
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"Concealed Carry" Magazine, Chicago and a Plea to Reason 4.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Screengrab from the subscription page for Concealed Carry magazine. (Images: usconcealedcarry.net )It's sitting here on my desk, just to the left of my hand, in the shade of the potted plant, resplendent in the shine of daylight coming through the window, right there, real as raindrops ... but there is a part of my brain that simply won't accept the fact of its existence even as I pick it up and turn the pages. I guess I should explain. I took a run down to the store yesterday to grab some milk and other basic necessities. As I drove the dirt road, lightly dazzled by the dollops of sunlight slapping the windshield through the overhanging trees, my mind was a perfect void. I thought nothing, and was for that small stretch at genuine peace. I walked into the store, collected my items, and even gifted myself one of those terrible Slim-Jim meat-and-cheese combo packs that could kill a yak with cholesterol poisoning at 20 paces ... and then I passed the magazine rack. There was Time, and Newsweek, and Vogue, ...
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The Facebook Feud That Explains The United States' Dilemma in Syria 31.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The U.S.'s two main partners in Syria have been sniping at each other for months in official statements and media reports, undermining Washington's hopes for a united front against the so-called Islamic State. Now, it seems that observing that tussle has become as easy as simply hopping onto Facebook. Kurdish activists reported in mid-July that the Facebook page of the YPG , the Syrian Kurdish militia that in January successfully pushed Islamic State forces out of Kobani with U.S. help, had lost its official verification -- the little blue check mark that appears on pages Facebook considers authentic. Kurdish activists described the development to The Huffington Post as the latest assault in an ongoing digital battle between the YPG's supporters and its critics. Who are those critics? The Islamic State group is among them -- but that's not what Washington needs to worry about. The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State appreciates that the YPG is determined to fight the militants. The ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Gallup Settles $12 Million Lawsuit Over Calls To Cell Phones 31.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Gallup pays millions to settle a lawsuit it says is spurious. Clinton leads among Democratic activists; they love Bernie Sanders but don't think he can win. And politicos fret about "Trumped up polls." This is HuffPollster for Friday, July 31, 2015. GALLUP PAYS $12 MILLION TO SETTLE TCPA LAWSUIT - Fred Bergen: "A settlement agreement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that alleged Gallup violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling cellular telephones using an automatic telephone dialing system (autodialer) without prior express consent. Gallup has agreed to provide a $12 million dollar settlement fund. Gallup denies any violation or that it did anything wrong. The law suit was filed by Kurt Solo on behalf of himself and a class that consists of all persons of the United States to whom Gallup placed a call to that person’s cell phone using an automatic telephone dialing system during the four years prior to the filing of the complaint....Solo alleged that during the month of ...
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9 Very Good Reasons To Adopt A Mutt 31.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are no bones about it, dogs can exponentially improve the world in which we live. Pooches have the power to  help you stay physically fit , de-stress, and give your life a greater sense of purpose. No matter their shape, size or color, all dogs are capable of making a difference . While purebreds like poodles, retrievers and Shih Tzus often have the upper paw when it comes to finding a home, today we're showcasing several mighty mutts who are just as worthy. Below you'll find nine special reasons mutts make the perfect companion, along with nine adorable pooches who are up for adoption through Utah's  Best Friends Animal Society . Allow us to convince you to get a mutt of your own, and with luck, you might find your doggie soulmate today.  Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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Public Attitudes about Birth Control 29.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples. Public opinion was on the Court's side in Griswold v. Connecticut, but public controversies over contraceptives have continued to this day. A history of public opinion about birth control, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Archive: From popular movement to legality The first public opinion question about birth control was asked by Gallup in 1937. Sixty-one percent of Americans in this poll said they supported the birth control movement, while 26% said no, and 13% gave no answer. In the 1930s and 1940s, Gallup asked whether people supported government health clinics providing birth control information to married people who want it. The first time this question was asked, in ...
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Sanders' National Favorability Doubles as Clinton Lead Slides 25.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Bernie Sanders' Appeal Has Doubled Among Americans Since March 25.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans' views of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have grown more favorable as they continue to learn more about him, according to a new Gallup poll . Sanders' "favorable" rating has doubled since March, jumping from 12 percent to 24 percent. Gallup notes that his rise in favorability can be attributed to Americans' increasing familiarity with him as he campaigns against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. In March, only 24 percent of Americans were able to give an opinion on Sanders. Today, 44 percent say they are able to rate him. Sanders' increased visibility has caused his unfavorability quotient to go up as well: 20 percent of Americans now rate him unfavorably, compared to just 8 percent in March. Still, he remains the only Democratic candidate to have a net positive "favorable" rating, meaning that more people like him than dislike him. At the same time, Americans' feelings toward Clinton have grown slightly less positive, dropping 5 percentage ...
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More Americans Than Ever Say They've Tried Marijuana, Gallup Poll Finds 23.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 40 percent of Americans admit trying marijuana, the largest percentage in more than four decades of polling,  a Gallup survey found Wednesday . The 44 percent of people who say they tried marijuana is a significant jump from 1969, when Gallup first began asking the question. Back then, only 4 percent admitted trying the drug. By 1985, that figure had increased to 33 percent.  "The changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past," Gallup explained. A rising willingness to acknowledge marijuana use would line up with the dramatic shift of public opinion on marijuana over the decades, reflected in other polls showing record high percentages of Americans supporting legalization.  In April, CBS News found 53 percent in support of legalization, the most since CBS began asking the question in 1979 . That same month, Fox News found a record  51 percent in favor of legalization . In March, ...
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Conservatives Are Not Happy With Pope Francis, Gallup Poll Shows 23.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The “ Francis effect ," a phrase used to signify the new energy that Pope Francis' election injected into the global Catholic church, appears to be simmering down among American conservatives, according to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday . The pontiff’s favorability rating among conservatives has plunged to about 45 percent, compared with a lofty 72 percent in 2014, the poll finds. Art Swift, a writer at Gallup, chalks the change up to the pope’s stance on social and economic issues. “This decline may be attributable to the pope's denouncing of 'the idolatry of money' and linking climate change partially to human activity, along with his passionate focus on income inequality -- all issues that are at odds with many conservatives' beliefs,” Swift writes. During his papacy, Pope Francis has tried to shift focus away from the culture wars, saying that the church has become " obsessed " with hot-button issues like abortion, contraception and homosexuality. Indeed, U.S. Catholic bishops and dioceses have ...
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The Night Presidential Candidate John Kasich Tried to Ambush Me on "The O'Reilly Factor" 23.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Ohio Governor John Kasich Tuesday became the 16th and probably final GOP contender for the White House in 2016. If he makes it onto the ticket, the election will take place two weeks shy of the 10th anniversary of Kasich's guest host interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" in which he did the bidding of an ex U.S. Attorney I criticized in my HarperCollins investigative book "Triple Cross." In the end, it turned out to be an ambush interview gone wrong for Kasich. It was just the latest salvo in an attempt by current and former officials of the Justice Department at the time to suppress my investigation of the stunning FBI and DOJ failures in counter-terrorism in the years leading up to the 9/11 attacks and beyond. Two of the principal Feds I singled out for criticism were Andrew C. McCarthy, the man behind the "O'Reilly" attack and then CIA "Leak-Gate" prosecutor and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald , who spent 20 months unsuccessfully trying to get the hardcover of "Triple Cross" pulped and stop the ...
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4 Marines Killed In Chattanooga Shooting Identified 17.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
All four Marines killed in a lone gunman's shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Thursday have been identified by family members and military colleagues.  Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Springfield, Massachusetts, was identified on the Facebook page of the India Battery, 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines  early Friday.  A second victim, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Skip Wells  of Marietta, Georgia, was identified by relatives Friday, the New York Daily News reported.  Marine Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, of Chattanooga, was identified by friends and family on Facebook Friday, the Tennessean reported . The fourth victim was Marine Sgt. Carson Holmquist, a Wisconsin native who lived in Jacksonville, North Carolina, according to USA Today . The Department of Defense has not officially released any victim names. The four Marines were killed when Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez  allegedly opened fire at a Naval and Marine reserve center in Chattanooga on Thursday morning. Three others were injured, one critically, ...
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Grow Up With Nature - Competition 17.7.2015 Planet Ark News
How would you like to be in the running to win a #GreenBalloon prize worth $1000 with your family and experience the great outdoors like never before?
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After Charleston, Americans Increasingly Concerned About Racism 17.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans' level of concern about racism has spiked yet again in the wake of last month's shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a new Gallup poll finds. While just 9 percent of Americans view racism as the most important problem facing the country, that's up from 3 percent in June and the highest that figure has been since 1992, when it reached 15 percent in the wake of riots surrounding the beating of Rodney King by a Los Angeles police officer. Only two issues, the economy and dissatisfaction with the government, were ranked higher in importance, with both tied at 13 percent.  In recent years, the percentage of Americans viewing racism as the nation's most important issue has spiked following several high-profile cases of police brutality. The figure rose to 13 percent after protests in response to the police killings of several unarmed black men and boys, including Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley. It ebbed to a low of 3 percent before rising again to 8 percent in the ...
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Are Americans Ready For A Muslim President? Here's What A New Gallup Poll Suggests 15.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
(RNS) A recently released Gallup poll found “tidal shifts” over the past 60 years in Americans’ willingness to support a well-qualified black, female, Catholic or Jewish candidate for president. But the study also found that 60 percent of Americans would be willing to vote for a president who was a “generally well-qualified person who happened to be Muslim.” Throughout the month of Ramadan, which concludes Thursday (July 16), American Muslims have been serving their communities — including raising more than $80,000 for black churches burned across the South and serving 1,000 homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles — public service that they are called by their faith to do. But as they look forward to Eid al-Fitr, the three-day celebration beginning Friday, they are also wondering whether Americans are more willing to accept their service. “If the 60 percent is to be used as a proxy of acceptance of Muslims, I am encouraged by an upward trajectory,” wrote Saud Anwar, the mayor of South Windsor, Conn., and ...
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NIAC Action Release Full-Page New York Times Ad Supporting the Deal 15.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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National parks scramble to keep up with the crowds 13.7.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Does Utah's mega tourism campaign compromise the outdoor experience?
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