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Colorado shooting verdict: Jury finds James Holmes guilty in movie theater massacre

James Holmes guiltyA jury convicted Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes on Thursday in the 2012 massacre that killed 12 people and injured 70, and he could now face the death penalty.

Jurors rejected defense arguments that Holmes was insane and driven by delusions during the attack, where he entered a packed midnight showing of a Batman film wearing body armor and opened fire.

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Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital?

Frackign dangersPeople living near "unconventional gas and oil drilling" operations were more likely to be hospitalized for heart, nervous system, and other medical conditions than those who were not in proximity to those sites, a new study published Wednesday has found.

It's the latest—and most comprehensive—indication that hydraulic fracturing, the controversial shale gas drilling method also known as fracking, and all the "noise, the trucks, the drilling, the flaring, the anxiety" it brings may have impact on residents in nearby areas, the study, titled Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates, found—and the consequences hit more than their health.

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Watchdog: EPA should do more on fracking chemicals

EPA fracking chemicalsThe EPA’s internal watchdog recommended Thursday that it improve oversight of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

Specifically, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the agency needs to crack down on the unlicensed use of diesel fuel in fracking and figure out whether to mandate public disclosure of fracking chemicals.

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Obama unveils new coal mining rules

new coal mining regulationsThe Obama administration Thursday unveiled new standards meant to better protect streams in Appalachia from the controversial mountaintop removal coal mining process.

The proposed rule, from the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM), would update three-decade-old standards that create a buffer zone around streams, prohibiting mining activities and waste from getting near them and harming the ecosystem.

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Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists

waring of oceans irreversibleThe warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday.

The annual State of the Climate in 2014 report, based on research from 413 scientists from 58 countries, found record warming on the surface and upper levels of the oceans, especially in the North Pacific, in line with earlier findings of 2014 as the hottest year on record.

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United Airlines awards hackers millions of miles for revealing risks

United pays hackersUnited Continental Holdings Inc has awarded millions of frequent flier miles to hackers who have uncovered gaps in the carrier's web security, in a first for the U.S. airline industry.

United confirmed with Reuters that it has paid out two awards worth 1 million miles each, worth dozens of free domestic flights on the airline. United did not confirm tweets from individuals who say they have been paid smaller awards as well.

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Unions seethe over early Clinton endorsement

Randi WeingartenThere was never any question that the powerful American Federation of Teachers — a union representing 1.6 million educators across the country — would endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

But on Saturday, when the AFT became the first international labor union to make an endorsement in the contest by announcing its support of Clinton, it drew sharp criticism from teachers as well as other labor leaders, who questioned the timing amid Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ surge in popularity.

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The First Woman To Anchor A Network Evening Newscast Dies At 84

Marlene SandersMarlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time when relatively few women did that job, has died of cancer. She was 84.

Sanders also was the mother of CNN and New Yorker journalist Jeffrey Toobin, who announced on his Facebook page that she died Tuesday.

"A pioneering television journalist — the first network newswoman to report from Vietnam, among many other firsts — she informed and inspired a generation," Toobin wrote. "Above all, though, she was a great mom."

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Chattanooga shootings: 5 dead including gunman after recruiting centers gunfire

tennessee shootingFour Marines are dead after a gunman opened fire on two military recruiting centers on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn., according to reports.

A police officer was also shot and the suspected shooter is also believed dead.  The deadly attack prompted lockdowns across the state.

A police officer went "down" at a Navy and Marines reserve center at Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke told reporters around 11:30 a.m.

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