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Scientist To W.Va. Lawmakers: ‘I’m Not Drinking The Water’

Scientist To W.Va. Lawmakers: ‘I’m Not Drinking The Water’

“I’m not drinking the water.” That’s what an environmental scientist from Marshall University and a member of the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board told state lawmakers today during a hearing about a chemical spill that contaminated the drinking water of nine counties.

‘Rush Hour From Hell’ Drags On In Icy Southern Cities

‘Rush Hour From Hell’ Drags On In Icy Southern Cities

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that officials are asking truck drivers to stay away — not just from Atlanta, but from the whole state.

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

News broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he’s going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal contracts.

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

Members of the House and Senate have reached a bipartisan agreement on a five-year farm bill that will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say.

Emergencies Declared As Deep Freeze Hits Deep South

Emergencies Declared As Deep Freeze Hits Deep South

“Snow and ice are rare in typically balmy places like New Orleans, Mobile and the Florida panhandle, but officials are warning residents to get ready for significant accumulations and bitter cold.”

U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

Internet companies that receive U.S. government requests for information about their customers will be able to disclose more details about surveillance than has been allowed, according to a deal announced today by the Justice Department.

Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

The National Weather Service is warning, once again, that brutally cold weather is going to be spreading across much of the nation, from the upper Midwest down to the deep South and up through the mid-Atlantic, Northeast and New England.

Snowden: Coming Home ‘Not Possible’ Under Whistle-Blower Laws

Snowden: Coming Home ‘Not Possible’ Under Whistle-Blower Laws

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says that it is “not possible” for him to come back home to face charges, unless changes are made to the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Ukraine Protests Spread, But ‘Fragile Truce’ Holds In Kiev

Ukraine Protests Spread, But ‘Fragile Truce’ Holds In Kiev

“Violent protests in Ukraine have spread beyond the capital, Kiev,” the BBC writes, as President Viktor Yanukovych and three key opposition leaders meet.

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His ‘Rant’? Maybe Not

Think You Know Richard Sherman After His ‘Rant’? Maybe Not

Sherman’s “rant” as it quickly became known, did much more. It ignited another national discussion about race and the way many Americans react to young, strong African-American men who sometimes get loud.