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Argentine default looms as time runs out for debt deal 26.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Sarah Marsh BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina looks set to default on its debt for the second time in 12 years next Thursday as negotiations with "holdout" investors seemingly go nowhere and neither side shows signs of blinking first, though a last minute deal can't be discounted. After a slew of legal setbacks for Argentina in U.S. courts, the country has just days to comply with a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa to pay $1.33 billion plus interest to the funds it calls "vultures." If the deadlock persists, Griesa will prevent Argentina from making a July 30 deadline for a coupon payment on exchanged bonds, triggering a new default just as the economy struggles with recession, dwindling reserves and soaring inflation. "A deal now seems unlikely." Unlike Argentina's 2001-2 debt crisis when it was broke and could not pay its civil servants, this time around the country is solvent but prevented by Griesa from servicing its bonds until the battle with the holdouts is ...
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How Frustration And Inaction Color EPA's Efforts To Enforce The Clean Water Act 26.7.2014 Green on
This article originally appeared on ProPublica. For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect. Efforts in Congress to clarify the EPA's powers have been defeated. And two Supreme Court decisions have done little to decide the question. Most recently, in April, the EPA itself declared what waters were subject to its oversight — developing a joint rule with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that sought to end the debate and empower the EPA to press hundreds of enforcements actions against alleged polluters across the country. The new rule, for instance, explicitly defines several terms — tributary, floodplain and wetland — and makes clear that those waters are subject to its authority. But the EPA's effort has been met with immense opposition from farmers who say the agency is overreaching. An expansive ...
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Coastal wetlands could protect New York City from storms - and the Nature Conservancy is spreading the word 26.7.2014 TreeHugger
The Nature Conservancy is teaching New Yorkers about the protective natural ecosystems in the city
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Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees 26.7.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
A fungus is felling trees across the Everglades and the damage may be leaving Florida’s fragile wetlands open to even more of an incursion from exotic plants.
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Congress Proposes to Fix Restitution for Child Pornography Victims 26.7.2014 Politics on
Faced with a draconian decision by the United States Supreme Court in late April which all but eliminated meaningful restitution for child pornography victims, U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spearheaded a comprehensive legislative fix (S. 2301) which addresses the concerns outlined by the Court in United States v. Paroline. The Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014 was introduced exactly two weeks after the Supreme Court's decision. Just six weeks later, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17), along with co-leads Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK-4), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1), Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX-14), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27), and Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA-4) introduced the bipartisan House companion bill (H.R. 4981) with the support of 69 House colleagues. Here's how this novel new law will allow victims of child pornography to receive meaningful and timely compensation. About the Act A longstanding federal statute which was passed as part ...
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The App I Used to Break Into My Neighbor’s Home 25.7.2014 Wired Top Stories
When I broke into my neighbor’s home earlier this week, I didn’t use any cat burglar skills. I don’t know how to pick locks. I’m not even sure how to use a crowbar. It turns out all anyone needs to break into a friend’s apartment is an off switch for their conscience and an iPhone. ...
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Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees 25.7.2014 Nation
MIAMI (AP) — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading.
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Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees 25.7.2014 AP National
MIAMI (AP) -- A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading....
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Fungus spread by exotic beetle killing Everglades trees, adding to Fla's invasive species woes 25.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees 25.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
MIAMI (AP) — A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from ...
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Nolan wants Sandpiper oil pipeline route moved south 25.7.2014 Local

BRAINERD, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan voiced opposition Thursday to Enbridge Energy's proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline route, which would cut across northern Minnesota.

'Phineas and Ferb' creators talk Disney Channel 'Star Wars' film 24.7.2014 LA Times: Top News
Small Business Owners Want Clean Water Protections 23.7.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Karen Hobbs, Senior Policy Analyst, Chicago: 80 percent of small business owners favor restoring federal clean water protections to streams and wetlands, according to a new poll.  These are some of the very waterbodies that the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers propose...
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SPD: Cellphone use at Torchlight Parade could bog down networks 23.7.2014 Seattle Times: Local
For people attending Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade this Saturday, there will be extra police officers and other public-safety personnel who can help during an emergency, according to a Seattle Police Department blog post.
Wave of migrant children threatens to swamp U.S. immigration courts 22.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deluge of Central American children pouring into the United States threatens to burst the seams of already overstuffed immigration courts, and President Barack Obama's steps to ease the crisis are likely to make matters worse rather than better for some, U.S. officials and immigration lawyers said. "We are reaching a point of implosion, if we have not already reached it," said Judge Dana Leigh Marks of San Francisco, who has been deciding immigration cases since 1987 and is president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. The problem, according to judges, lawyers and immigration groups, is the sheer number of cases clogging the courts, due in part to beefed-up law enforcement at the southwestern U.S. border with ...
Minnesota man, 72, spends days in remote swamp before rescue 19.7.2014 Local

DULUTH -- A 72-year-old man was rescued from a remote swamp in northern St. Louis County on Friday morning, apparently after spending several days in the elements after an all-terrain vehicle accident.

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Regulators asked to consider changes in Sandpiper pipeline path 18.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
State regulators are studying changes to address concerns about a proposed oil pipeline – but not an all-new route.
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Proposed wetlands rule worries farmers 18.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Environmental Protection Agency officials insist new exemptions will ease and clarify regulation on agricultural land. But some farmers are concerned that the new rules will give federal regulators an expanded role on farmer's fields.
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Pesticide Mass Budget in a Stormwater Wetland 17.7.2014

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es500586x
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Five Reasons to Visit the South End 17.7.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
Five Reasons to Visit the South End
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