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Gas wells linked to water contamination near homes, study finds

Source: The Hill

Faulty gas wells are the main cause of drinking water contamination near homes in Pennsylvania and Texas shale formations, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by scientists from five universities, examined the gas content of over 130 drinking water wells in the two states.

The scientists found that methane leaks from the natural gas drilling operations were more likely to come from the wells dues to a lack of cement surrounding its shaft, or "poor casing."

At every cluster of drinking water wells examined, increased levels of natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania and Barnett shale in Texas were found, the report states.

“People’s water has been harmed by drilling,” said Robert B. Jackson, professor of environmental and earth sciences at Stanford and Duke. "In Texas, we even saw two homes go from clean to contaminated after our sampling began."

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/217741-gas-wells-not-fracking-main-source-of-water-contamination-study

Gun instructor accidentally shot by 9-year-old with Uzi dies

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, died Monday shortly after being airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Mohave County sheriff's officials said.

Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills when she pulled the trigger and the recoil sent the gun over her head, investigators said.

Authorities said the girl was at the shooting range with her parents. Her name was not released.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/instructor-accidentally-shot-girl-9-dies


Because these adults couldn't or wouldn't be responsible this child is going to bear the damage for life of what they did. I'm hoping this gains some traction and at the least others can learn from this tragic situation. What kind of person would ever think a 9 year old child has the strength to handle a weapon like that? Not to mention would think it would be a good idea to let one try? If this isn't illegal, it really should be. Even though I realize stupid isn't often illegal, sometimes we need to legislate to keep people from doing totally stupid things.

If this is the wrong place to post this, please just let me know and I'll delete my post.

Governor of Iraq Sunni heartland says U.S. to help against militants

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The governor of Iraq's Sunni heartland province of Anbar said he has secured a promise of U.S. support in a battle against the Islamic State, possibly reviving an alliance that helped thwart an earlier Sunni militant threat, from al Qaeda.

Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi told Reuters his request, made in meetings with U.S. diplomats and a senior military officer, included air support against the militants who have a tight grip on large parts of his desert province and northwestern Iraq.

Dulaimi said the Americans had promised to help. There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials on a day when President Barack Obama said troops sent to prepare a possible evacuation of refugees further north were standing down as U.S. air strikes and supply drops had broken the "siege of Mount Sinjar".

Governor Dulaimi said in a telephone interview: "Our first goal is the air support. Their technology capability will offer a lot of intelligence information and monitoring of the desert and many things which we are in need of.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/14/us-iraq-security-usa-military-idUSKBN0GD1KS20140814

Officials: Iraq's al-Maliki to back new PM

Source: Associated Press

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi government says embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is to address the nation, as Shiite lawmakers say he has agreed to step aside and support his nominated replacement in the post.

Four senior Shiite lawmakers tell The Associated Press that al-Maliki has agreed to endorse Haider al-Abadi as the next prime minister following a meeting of Dawa party members in Baghdad late Thursday, ending the deadlock that has plunged Baghdad into a political uncertainty.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/un-says-iraq-humanitarian-crisis-highest-level

Robin Williams appearing on the the final Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

This is classic Robin Williams.



Just for good measure Robin Williams first appearance on The Tonight Show.



It would be nice to imagine of the two of them sharing jokes tonight in a better place.

21st Century Fox withdraws bid for Time Warner

Source: BBC

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has withdrawn its bid to purchase US entertainment giant Time Warner Inc for an estimated $80bn (£47bn).

Time Warner rejected Fox's initial offer in July.

The company wrote in a statement that Time Warner had "refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling".

It added that the reaction in the company's share price since the proposal was unveiled undervalues Fox.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28668539
Posted by herding cats | Tue Aug 5, 2014, 04:31 PM (2 replies)

Internet privacy service Tor warns users it was attacked

Source: Reuters

"While we don't know when they started doing the attack, users who operated or accessed hidden services from early February through July 4 should assume they were affected," Tor said in a blog entry.

Tor is an anonymity tool designed to protect the identity of Internet users by routing traffic through multiple nodes around the globe. It is used by human rights activists, criminals and others looking to evade surveillance.

The blog post said that it was not sure how much information the attackers were able to obtain in their efforts to monitor traffic on Tor.

It advised users to upgrade to the latest version of its software, which addresses the vulnerability that the attackers had exploited in this particular case, but said that may not guarantee the anonymity of users.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/30/us-privacy-software-attack-idUSKBN0FZ1RZ20140730

Body of young stowaway found in US cargo plane

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of a young stowaway was found inside a compartment near the wheel well of an Air Force cargo jet that had landed in Germany, U.S. military officials said Tuesday, triggering questions about the security of an aircraft that had made several stops in Africa.

Air Force personnel found the boy's body Sunday night after spotting an orange cloth in a small opening by the landing gear while airmen during a detailed inspection of the C-130J aircraft when it landed at Ramstein Air Base. When they tugged on the wet cloth, they discovered it was attached to a boy in the compartment, officials said.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the stowaway was a black male who may have been of African origin. The plane was on a routine mission in Africa and had made stops in Senegal, Mali, Chad, Tunisia and Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily before arriving at Ramstein.

A stowaway aboard a military plane is a significant security breach. No Africa Command senior leaders were on the flight.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/body-child-stowaway-found-us-cargo-plane

Imprisoned Pussy Riot Members Sue Kremlin for $175,000

Two members of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian Government. The feminist, punk rock group members imprisoned after trying to perform their song "Mother of God, Drive Putin Out" in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in February 2012.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have filed their case with the European Court of Human Rights against the country of Russia. They are seeking financial compensation, to the tune of 120,000 euros, plus 10,000 euros in court fees. That is about $175,00 USD total.

Considering the pair served 21 months in jail, Andrey Tolokonnikov, Nadezhda's father, believes they should have asked for more. "What can I say? Good girls! But, in my opinion, the requested amount is too small."

http://www.thewire.com/global/2014/07/imprisoned-pussy-riot-members-sue-kremlin-for-175000/375227/#disqus_thread


Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic 'Scam'

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/boehner-c

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November's mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote.

Some Republicans have said Obama would open the door to impeachment if he takes steps to end deportations of large numbers of immigrants here illegally, as the White House is contemplating. Other Republicans, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, already are calling for Obama to be impeached.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/boehner-calls-impeachment-talk-democratic-scam-24756851
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