well contamination
5:18 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Groundwater contamination investivation continues

(credit: Environmental Protection Agency)

State regulators are still working to determine the extent of water contamination in the Fremont County town of Pavillion.

After determining that 41 wells have been contaminated either from gas development or local geology, officials have been trying to determine the integrity of area water wells, as well as whether there is contamination from drill pits. So far, studies have not yielded anything conclusive.

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Full Cache Of Unredacted WikiLeaks Diplomatic Cables Is Now Online

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves a courtroom in southeast London.
Carl Court AFP/Getty Images

Today WikiLeaks admitted that a cache of diplomatic cables was now available all over the Internet. The cables include information that could potentially put people, like government informants, in jeopardy.

The Wall Street Journal reports that facing criticism for releasing unredacted material, WikiLeaks tried to shift the blame to The Guardian, saying the British paper had published the password that opened the encrypted file:

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It's All Politics
3:46 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

What Should Be In Obama's Jobs Plan? Six Ideas That Could Make The List

When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list:

Extension of the payroll tax "holiday"

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Jon Huntsman
3:20 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Can Jon Huntsman Break Away From The Pack?

As Jon Huntsman and his wife walked down Main Street in Concord, N.H., on Thursday, trailed by news cameras, a passerby asked, "Who's that?"

The question is not surprising for a candidate who's run no TV ads in New Hampshire so far, and who's polling at just 3 percent in the state. But Huntsman was undaunted Thursday morning as he addressed a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast at St. Anselm College.

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The Two-Way
2:57 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

U.N. Panel Finds Israel's Naval Blockade Legal, But Flotilla Raid 'Excessive'

A United Nations panel has found that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is legal. But the panel also stated that a May 2010 armed raid on a flotilla, which was carrying activists trying to break the blockade, was "excessive and unreasonable." Eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent died in the raid.

The New York Times obtained an early copy of the report, which is expected to be released tomorrow.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

What We Eat Shapes Microbe Societies Inside Us

Bacteroides are microbes that dominate the guts of people who eat more animal protein and fat.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Deep inside your intestines, there's a complex microbial ecosystem, which scientists say contains nearly a thousand species of bacteria.

A lot of recent research has shown that the community of gut microbes acts almost like another organ in your body — they're that crucial. They exert a pronounced effect on the nutrients and energy that get pulled out of food. And the bacteria are thought to play a big role in a slew of health conditions, including obesity and diabetes.

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Middle East
2:17 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Syrian Official Quits, Cites Regime's Brutality

A screen grab of Syrian Attorney General, Anan Bakkor, during a video he made where he resigned from his post and revealed that he was forced to cover up deaths related to the popular uprising in the country.

A Syrian official has released a YouTube video announcing his resignation and accusing President Bashar Assad's regime of killing dozens of unarmed protesters while they were in custody.

In the video, Adnan Mohammad al-Bakkour, the attorney general of the embattled central city of Hama, says he has detailed information on the deaths of scores of anti-government protesters on a single day.

The statement is one of the most detailed accounts of the government's crackdown since the Syrian uprising began in March.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Yvonne, Germany's Runaway Cow, Has Been Captured

Yvonne, a cow that has lived in the wild since eluding a trip to the slaughterhouse in May, has foiled all attempts to capture her. Now officials say that she's not to be disturbed.
Josef Enzinger dapd

The last time this blog checked in on Yvonne, the German cow that darted toward freedom just before she was sent to a slaughterhouse, the search for her had been called off.

The brown dairy had been at large since May 24 and won the hearts and minds of the world. But the cow had proven so elusive, authorities issued a shoot on sight order, which was later suspended partly because of public pressure.

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2:14 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Polar Bear Scientist Was Accused By Federal Worker

Originally published on Thu September 1, 2011 5:05 pm

The controversial "polarbeargate" investigation into Arctic researcher Charles Monnett originated when allegations of scientific misconduct were made by a "seasoned, career Department of the Interior" employee.

That's according to a new letter sent to Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) from the Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General.

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Conflict In Libya
2:08 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Americans Emerge After Months in Gadhafi's Prisons

Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist from Baltimore, was held in solitary confinement in Libya for five months before he was freed last week. At left, he's shown in February, before he went to Libya, at right, after his release.
AP (left) and Jason Beaubien NPR

Last week, Matthew VanDyke, a freelance journalist and travel writer from Baltimore, went from solitary confinement in one of Moammar Gadhafi's most notorios prisons to one of Tripoli's most luxurious hotels.

VanDyke acknowledges that in early March, shortly after the uprising against Gadhafi began, he arrived in Libya in order to help the rebels.

"I was here to do whatever I could to help the revolution and I'll leave it at that," said VanDyke, who is now a guest at the Corinthia Hotel in the Libyan capital.

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