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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Rick Scott's 'Private Gator Hunt' Fundraiser Carries $25,000 Per Person Cost

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is turning to one of Florida's signature animals to help boost his reelection fundraising efforts. SaintPetersBlog reported Monday that Scott is holding an Oct. 18 "private gator hunt" in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. He is running for reelection in 2014, and the cost for this event ... .

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the behemoth U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. The Vermont House ... more...


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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses from British Columbia. Sam Brentano, chairman of the Marion County board of commissioners, said late Wednesday the ... more...


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FRESNO — The state's new effort to map the areas most at risk from pollution features hot spots up and down California. But nowhere are there more of the worst-afflicted areas than in Fresno — in particular a 3,000-person tract of the city's west side where diesel exhaust, tainted water, pesticides ... more...


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Climate change and extreme weather could set back decades of improvement in California’s air quality, a new report by the state’s pollution control officers says. A higher number of extreme heat days from global warming will boost smog formation and increase severe wildfires that release harmful smoke into the air, according ... more...


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Lindsey and I just turned 35. We're at the point in our lives when we're supposed to start a family or plunge fully into our careers. Some of our friends are buying houses, others are waiting for their second child, and a few are negotiating for tenure-track professorships. In contrast, ... more...


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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A cat that went missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner in Indiana thanks to an implanted microchip. WOWO-AM and WANE-TV report the 10-year-old cat named Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control on Monday. Workers there scanned the cat ... more...


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ODOT's director acknowledged the agency needed to begin fulfilling its duties as the state's rail safety regulator. ... more...


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By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 23 (Reuters) - Citing marijuana fields springing up next to high schools and in abandoned barns, Sacramento County supervisors are set to declare pot gardens a public nuisance in the latest move by a local government to rein in California's cannabis industry. U.S. states are increasingly ... more...


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As modern society evolves and the global population swells from 7 billion to more than 9 billion by 2050, the density of people and sprawl is shifting toward cities and coastlines. That change will have a profound impact on natural resources. Finding solutions for problems tied to runaway growth will be ... more...


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Photo Credit: Frank Loftus Humane Society of the United States I am absolutely shocked that the Canadian commercial seal hunt, the largest slaughter of marine mammals in the world, has started yet again off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. On the first day, 17 boats went out and 4,600 seals were ... more...


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Cats are notorious for bullying dogs. They steal their beds, ignore their enthusiasm and even refuse to let them pass by in the hall. But none of that will stop Man's Best Friend from desperately trying to get cats to like them. Unfortunately for dogs, their in-your-face style of friendship doesn't ... more...


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Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog During his two-day visit this week to Kiev, Ukraine, Vice President Joe Biden unfurled President Barack Obama's "U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine." A key part of the package involves promoting the deployment of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in Ukraine. Dean Neu, professor of accounting at York University in Toronto, ... more...


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A Salem-based retailer with 10 stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington is facing scrutiny from a county recycling center. ... more...


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Last November, New Zealand outdoorsman Michael Armstrong was watching a cricket match in his local pub when he thought of penguins. A friend had told him about a program that was sending an explorer-in-training to Antarctica to study the effects of climate change, and the application was due in a ... more...


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WASHINGTON -- A group of environmental organizations is calling on the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to drop a complaint over India's solar power policy. The groups called the complaint "misguided" in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday. "We are writing to express our grave concerns ... more...


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