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Some states, utilities balk at disclosing locations of lead water pipes

lead in pipesSome states and water utilities are balking at the Environmental Protection Agency’s call to post inventory information online about the number and locations of risky lead pipes in their systems, according to a review of documents obtained from 49 states by the USA TODAY NETWORK.

Drinking water regulators in about a dozen states expressed varying degrees of resistance or concerns about the EPA’s directive encouraging water systems to voluntarily give consumers easy access to what utilities know about homes receiving drinking water through lead service lines, a key indicator of whether a home's tap water could be contaminated and whether utilities are complying with testing regulations.

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Snowden to take Norway to court to secure free passage

Snowden to sue NorwayEdward Snowden will take the Norwegian state to court in a bid to secure free passage there, a Norwegian law firm representing the former U.S. spy contractor said on Thursday.

Snowden has been invited to Norway to receive a freedom of speech award from the local branch of writers' group PEN International, but is worried that he would be handed over to the United States, his lawyers say.

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SunEdison files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

SunEdison files for bankruptsyU.S. solar energy company SunEdison Inc (SUNE.N) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, becoming one of the largest non-financial companies to do so in the past 10 years.

Once the fastest-growing U.S. renewable energy developer, SunEdison embarked on an aggressive acquisition strategy that left it struggling with $12 billion in debt.

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Alaska Pipeline restarted after pumping station fire

Alaska pipeline- The Trans-Alaska Pipeline reopened after a fire at a remote pump station shut down the entire oil pipeline for about nine hours.

The fire Wednesday struck Pump Station 5 on the 800-mile pipeline, in an oil tank's pressure vacuum vent used to relieve pressure as the flow of oil descends Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range, the mountains in northern Alaska.

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A frail Fidel Castro bids farewell in 'last speech'

Castro bids farewell to partyFidel Castro, Cuba’s longtime former president, has delivered a farewell speech to the Communist party Congress in the capital, Havana, and called for safeguarding communist ideals.

The leader of the 1959 revolution, which overthrew the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista, emerged from seclusion on Tuesday to muse about death and provide encouragement to his followers in a rare speech.

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6 Jewish Anti-Occupation Protestors Arrested at Boston AIPAC Office

Boston protest against AIPACSix young Jews were arrested for trespassing Tuesday night at AIPAC’s Boston office after they chained themselves to a Seder table in protest of the organization’s support of Israel.

The protestors were participating in an event organized by the Jewish group IfNotNow, which calls on Jewish institutions to oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land.

The arrests were made after the building’s security officers contacted the police. Those arrested were arraigned this morning and have a court date set for March 18, IfNotNow told the Forward.

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What’s for Breakfast? How About Some Monsanto Weed Killer?

Mpnsanto breakfastJust how much of Monsanto’s most popular weed killer are you eating every morning for breakfast?

In an unsettling report released Tuesday by the Alliance for Natural Health, the nonprofit advocacy group details the results of a study that shows a host of breakfast foods—from cereal to eggs to coffee creamer—contain residues of glyphosate, the chemical herbicide more commonly known by Monsanto’s trade name for it, Roundup.

The report comes one year after the cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization made headlines by classifying glyphosate, which has long been regarded by U.S. regulators as posing little risk to public health, as a probable human carcinogen.

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Hundreds feared dead in migrant shipwreck off Libya

Hundreds feared dead in refugee boat catastropheHundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months.

A repurposed fishing boat overloaded by smugglers with up to 500 Africans hoping to reach Italy from eastern Libya sunk as passengers from smaller boats were trying to board it, survivors told the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The survivors’ accounts described panicked passengers desperately trying to stay afloat by jumping between vessels.

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Hamilton to stay on $10; Tubman replacing Jackson

Harriet TubmanTreasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday will announce plans to both keep Alexander Hamilton on the front of the $10 bill and to knock Andrew Jackson off the front of the $20 in favor of Harriet Tubman, sources tell POLITICO.

Lew is expected to roll out a set of changes that also include putting leaders of the women’s suffrage movement on the back of the $10 bill, and incorporating civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history into the $5 bill. Also, Jackson isn’t getting completely booted off the $20 bill. He’s likely to remain on the back.

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