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The Regulators: MassDEP enforcement notes, violations, fees, orders

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

IN THE NEWS Inspector general blasts Near Earth Objects program CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA’s effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency’s inspector general released a report blasting NASA’s Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets, asteroids and relatively large fragments of these objects that pass within 28 million miles of Earth. The purpose is to protect …

Study shows leaky natural gas wells, not fracking, tainted groundwater in Pennsylvania and Texas

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — The drilling procedure called fracking didn’t cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight …

Ukraine lawmakers OK new deal with Europe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward …

Israeli military opens probe into Gaza war

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli military said Wednesday it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. By investigating the killing of Palestinian children on a …

Canada finds 1 of Franklin’s ships lost 170 years in Arctic

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TORONTO — One of two British explorer ships that vanished in the Arctic nearly 170 years ago during a search for the fabled Northwest Passage has been found, Canada’s prime minister announced Tuesday in a discovery that could …

Dutch team releases report on Ukraine plane disaster

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A child’s jump rope, its yellow handles blistered and charred. A burned book in Tagalog. Chunks of twisted fuselage. More than seven weeks after being shot from the sky, the wreckage from Malaysia Airlines …

Sides: High court needs to settle gay marriage

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It’s time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter. Even a justice recently said she thinks so, too. The emerging consensus makes it likely …

Obama to seek arms for Syrian opposition

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat militants …

CO2 pollution levels at record high in 2013

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

GENEVA — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of …

Global warming a threat to many birds’ habitats, Audubon reports

Monday, September 8, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly …

Iraq OKs new Cabinet

Monday, September 8, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi the country’s new prime minister late Monday and approved most of his proposed Cabinet amid calls by the Arab League for its members to combat the Sunni militant group violently …

Polls show independence vote in Scotland tightening

Monday, September 8, 2014

LONDON — Britain’s main political leaders scrambled Monday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground — and may even be …

Phoenix swamped by rainfall

Monday, September 8, 2014

PHOENIX — The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Phoenix with record rainfall for a single day, turning freeways into small lakes and sending rescuers scrambling to get drivers out of inundated cars. …