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Trio wins Nobel Prize in chemistry for advancing microscope technology

Nobel prize in chemistry 2014Scientists Eric Betzig and William Moerner of the United States and Stefan Hell of Germany won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could before.

The trio was cited for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy," which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said had bypassed the maximum resolution of traditional optical microscopes.

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Dukesville, NC: Don’t drink the water, locals and activists warn

Dukesville, NCIn Sherry Gobble’s house, the water runs toxic.

Gobble, who lives alongside Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station in a Rowan County community called Dukeville, discovered six months ago that water in her family’s well contains the carcinogen hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6. Since then, they have armed themselves with bottled water and a growing pile of empty jugs they fill up across town where they know the water isn’t tainted.

She believes the potentially cancer-causing contaminant is seeping in from the leaking coal ash pond next door. It’s a charge Duke Energy vigorously denies.

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Columbus Day now Indigenous Peoples' Day in Seattle

Indigenous americansWhile the rest of the country is celebrating Columbus Day on Monday, Seattle will be holding its first Indigenous Peoples' Day.

The city council voted unanimously to make the change. It will have little practical effect since Columbus Day is not an official holiday in Washington State.

Kshama Sawant, a member of the council, said that Christopher Columbus had a "pivotal role" in the extermination of millions of Native Americans.

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Freight Locomotive Derails, Spills Fuel In Maspeth, Queens

maspeth train derailmentFire officials say a freight train ran off the track in Maspeth, Queens.

They say a diesel tank ran off the rail at Eliot Avenue and 60th Lane, rupturing the tank and spilling around 100 gallons of fuel.

"We had a diesel tank derail. Ran out of rail actually. It ruptured a 900-gallon diesel fuel tank," said FDNY Chief Marc Cuccurullo.

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Major train derailment and fire near Wadena, Sask.

Train derails saskatchewan

A major train derailment has occurred near Wadena, Sask., prompting authorities to keep people well back from smouldering railcars and smoke that may be toxic..​

The CN Rail derailment happened at 10:40 a.m. CST Tuesday about 20 kilometres west of the town of 1,300, which is about 230 kilometres east of Saskatoon.

There were no reported injuries. CN said two employees were on the train at the time of the derailment and both are safe.

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Gay marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada struck down

gay marriage bans stoppedA federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, saying bans on the practice in those states violate same-sex couples' equal protection rights.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its ruling that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional unless there is a compelling government interest.

Neither Idaho nor Nevada offered any legitimate reasons to discriminate against gay couples, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.

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Judge orders Ferguson police to stop using '5-second' rule for protesters

Ferguson protest judgmentA federal judge in St. Louis has ordered police in Ferguson, Missouri to stop enforcing a rule that threatens protesters with arrest if they stop moving. The judge said the rule violates constitutional rights.

Police adopted the so-called "keep moving" policy — which prohibits protesters from remaining still for more than five seconds — as a method to control large crowds that gathered to protest the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, by a white Ferguson police officer.

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CIA didn't know it had Senate 'torture' report

CIA reportThe U.S. government inaccurately told a federal judge last month that the CIA did not have a copy of the unabridged version of a Senate committee report on treatment of detainees, but the spy agency in fact does have a copy of the 6,300-page report, a Justice Department lawyer said Tuesday.

"There was a miscommunication over at the agency as to what we were looking for," DOJ attorney Vesper Mei told U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg Tuesday. "They didn't realize that they had it."

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Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders

Teitter sues US gov'tTwitter, the world’s largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department’s restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government’s national security requests for user data violate the firm’s First Amendment rights.

With its lawsuit, the San Francisco-based firm is seeking to go further than five other technology companies that earlier this year reached a settlement with the government on the permissible scope of disclosure at a time of heightened concern about the scale of government surveillance.

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