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Exxon Versus The People: Lawsuits Begin in Pegasus Spill Aftermath

Exxon Versus The People: Lawsuits Begin in Pegasus Spill Aftermath
Residents in Mayflower, Arkansas, the site of the recent Pegasus tar sands pipeline rupture, have filed suit against its operator Exxon for health issues and property damage that have arisen since the spill on Easter Weekend. The short term effects are piling up, as long term harm looms large.
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Congratulations McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: You're the Fattest Metro Area in the Country

Congratulations McAllen-Edinburg-Mission: You're the Fattest Metro Area in the Country
For the third consecutive year, residents of the Boulder, Colorado metro area are the least likely to be obese, at 12.5 percent in 2012. Residents of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, continue to be the most likely to be obese, at 38.5 percent.
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Is Reducing Cocaine Addiction A Valid Reason to Map the Brain?

Is Reducing Cocaine Addiction A Valid Reason to Map the Brain?
Could drug addiction treatment of the future be as simple as an on/off switch in the brain? A study in rats has found that stimulating a key part of the brain reduces compulsive cocaine-seeking and suggests the possibility of changing addictive behavior generally.
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AIDS Memorial Design Unveiled in NY's West Village

AIDS Memorial Design Unveiled in NY's West Village
The New York City AIDS Memorial's Board of Directors revealed new renderings of the final design for the memorial and formally launched their capital campaign at a press conference Wednesday evening in Manhattan.
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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects
Of the 750 chemicals that can be used in the fracking process, more than 650 of them are toxic or carcinogens, according to a report filed with the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2011.
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Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago Because Worker Safety is a Priority

Four years ago, President Bush put industry profits ahead of worker safety.  Immediately after John McCain lost the 2008 presidential election, the Bush administration scrambled to add new rules to the Code of Federal Regulations that would make it harder for then President-elect Obama to regulate workplace exposure to toxic substances and hazardous chemicals when he took office.
Now, by contrast, the United States has a president who is committed to protecting worker health and safety.  President Obama has over the past four years pushed for enforcement of rules to protect workers...
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Clovis School District: Sex Education that Gets an 'F'

California state law mandates that sexual health education in public schools be comprehensive, medically accurate, science-based, and bias-free. So why are Clovis Unified high schools teaching teens from a book that makes no mention of condoms, even in chapters about HIV/AIDS and on preventing STDs and unintended pregnancy?
Recent events, such as Representative Akin's ill-informed statements about reproductive biology and rape - put the issue in a stark light. The brand of sex ed that Clovis high schools are peddling is putting teens' health at risk - it's dangerous, unlawful, and could have serious consequences if it is not stopped.
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