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25949 No.12940   [Reply]

"China’s legislature passed the biggest changes to its environmental protection laws in 25 years, punishing polluters more severely as the government works to limit smog and tainted soil associated with three decades of economic growth.

Amendments to the law “sets environmental protection as the country’s basic policy,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The rules had not been changed since the law was first enacted in 1989, just as China began consuming more energy as it grew into a global manufacturing hub."


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120270 No.12939   [Reply]

"Almost 60 percent of the groundwater at 4,778 sites monitored across China has been found to be of poor or extremely poor quality, contaminated with pollutants that exceed acceptable standards.

About 16 percent of the sites saw water quality worsen from the previous year, the Ministry of Land and Resources said in the 2013 annual report posted yesterday on its website. Excesses were found of manganese and fluoride, with some monitored sites showing high lead, chromium or arsenic levels."


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34124 No.12938   [Reply]

"Law enforcement officials may now stop US drivers based only on the information gleaned in an anonymous tip phoned in by a caller who dialed 911, the Supreme Court ruled in a tight decision Tuesday.

The high court ruled 5-4 that relying only on a comment from a 911 caller is reasonable because “a 911 call has some features that allow for identifying and tracking callers.” In most cases the justices are split along ideological lines but Tuesday’s decision was enough to split the two most conservative-minded justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing the majority opinion and Justice Antonin Scalia leading the dissent."


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54294 No.12937   [Reply]

"Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill."


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60391 No.12936   [Reply]

"There have been 26 nuclear-scale asteroid explosions in the Earth’s atmosphere between 2001 and 2013, according to a new report. The most powerful of the impacts was dozens of times the magnitude of the atom bomb that devastated Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

Most of the asteroid explosions occurred much too high in the atmosphere to do any damage on the ground, according to findings by the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization. The group operates “a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations.”"


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60314 No.12935   [Reply]

"A federal appeals court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over key portions of a memorandum justifying the government's targeted killing of people linked to terrorism, including Americans.

In a case pitting executive power against the public's right to know what its government does, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling preserving the secrecy of the legal rationale for the killings, such as the death of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen.

Ruling for the New York Times, a unanimous three-judge panel said the government waived its right to secrecy by making repeated public statements justifying targeted killings.

These included a Justice Department "white paper," as well as speeches or statements by officials like Attorney General Eric Holder and former Obama administration counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, endorsing the practice."


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27898 No.12934   [Reply]

"Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs said on Monday that a suspected US drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country's south, including a local militant commander.

The Monday morning attack was the third in three days. On Saturday, 10 suspected militants and three civilians died in the al-Bayda province; on Sunday around 30 were killed in the mountainous south of the country.

Monday's attack targeted the rugged mountainous area of Mahfad between the provinces of Abyan and Shabwa. Tribal leaders identified the killed commander as Munnaser al-Anbouri. It was unclear how many militants died."


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62098 No.12933   [Reply]

"Malaysia MH370: No trace yet after two-thirds of sub's scan"


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90167 No.12932   [Reply]

What is the fastest thing in the world?
Light? Sound? Wind?
A captain...

"Divers recovered 13 bodies from inside a ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to 46, officials said Sunday. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility due to inclement weather.

More than 300 people are missing or dead, and the captain of the ferry has been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred."


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55310 No.12931   [Reply]

"A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk.

Multiple drivers with dashcams out on the streets of the 300,000-people city at 2.10am on Saturday noticed a bright blue trail speed across the night sky, then explode while still in the air."


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