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These 14 States Have a Plan for Climate Change. The Rest of You Are Screwed.

States with climate change plansMost states are still failing to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and there has been mixed progress among states with concrete plans, according to a first-of-its-kind compilation of data released Thursday by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Researchers at the center, a DC policy research group based at Georgetown University's law school, surveyed states' climate adaptation policies—plans to build sea walls, for example, or to shift hazardous waste facilities out of flood zones.

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Nursing home chain to pay $38M in US settlement

ExtendicareA nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said Friday.

A federal investigation into Extendicare Health Services Inc. accused the company of failing to provide appropriate care, follow safety protocols or maintain enough skilled nurses. Those lapses in some cases resulted in head injuries to residents, falls, bed sores and fractures and cases of malnutrition, dehydration and infection, the government said.

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Hong Kong protesters take to streets after government pulls out of talks

Hong Kong protestersThousands of pro-democracy supporters took to Hong Kong’s streets on Friday night after protest leaders called on them to dig in for the long haul following the collapse of talks with the government.

Negotiations between protesters and Beijing-backed city officials were scheduled for Friday, but were cancelled on Thursday after the government pulled out blaming protesters for threatening to expand their campaign.

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40,000 suicides annually, yet America simply shrugs

Suicides in USAAmericans are far more likely to kill themselves than each other. Homicides have fallen by half since 1991, but the U.S. suicide rate keeps climbing. The nearly 40,000 American lives lost each year make suicide the nation's 10th-leading cause of death, and the second-leading killer for those ages 15-34.

Each suicide costs society about $1 million in medical and lost-work expenses and emotionally victimizes an average of 10 other people.

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NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun

dead star found brighter than our sunThink our sun is bright? NASA says its NuSTAR space-based X-ray telescope has detected a dead star that pumps out as much energy as 10 million suns.

"You might think of this pulsar as the 'Mighty Mouse' of stellar remnants," Dr. Fiona A. Harrison, professor of physics and astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and the principal investigator of the NuSTAR mission, said in a written statement.

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The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change Its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death

right to dieThe American public is more or less evenly split on the question of physician-assisted death in the case of terminal illness. According to a Pew Research Center survey, Americans are split 49 to 47 percent in opposition to legislation that permits physicians to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients. Views on the controversial subject, Pew notes, have been more or less stagnant since 2005.

The GOP hasn’t budged an inch in the last decade, either. The Republican Party Platform still vehemently opposes “active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide” as a violation of “the sanctity and dignity of human life.”

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German downturn casts shadow over world economy

German economy turns downwardAs if the global economy didn't have enough troubles, it looks like Germany, Europe's traditional growth engine, risks falling into recession — or growth so weak it holds back the entire euro currency union's weak recovery.

Europe's largest economy has seen a run of lousy numbers for factory orders, industrial production, exports and business confidence. All that's bad news because exporting industrial goods such as machines and cars is the heart of Germany's globally linked economy.

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Antarctic sea ice shows record growth, climate change likely cause

antarctic sea iceThe growth of sea ice is not evidence against the effects of climate change, but rather the consequence of it.

Antarctic sea ice is seeing a rapid period of growth this year, but that doesn't mean the Poles are safe from climate change, says NASA.

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Global Frackdown on Saturday Calls for Worldwide Ban on Fracking

Global ban on frackingGlobal Frackdown is an international day of action calling for a ban on fracking. This year’s event on Saturday, Oct. 11 will send a message to elected officials across the globe that the future should be powered by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels.

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