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Rescue center overwhelmed with starving sea birds; rising sea temperatures cited

FAIRFIELD — Across Northern California — on beaches from Monterey to Point Reyes — malnourished seabirds have been appearing in alarming numbers, some shrunken to little more than feather and bone. The sea-loving common murres, whose black or brown wing feathers and white bellies gets them mistaken for penguins, are rarely seen alighting on beaches when healthy. Many of the ...

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UT study: Criminal sentences longer for girls than boys in Texas

Girls who are charged with crimes serve significantly longer sentences than boys in Texas’s juvenile justice system, according to new research from the University of Texas. Females were held, on average, five days longer in pre-trial detention facilities than boys, despite the girls’ offenses being less serious. These findings complement previous work by Erin Espinosa, a research associate from UT’s ...

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Kasich: Ohio will aid workers losing jobs at uranium project

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says the state will offer job-search support and other help for workers affected when the federal government halts a southern Ohio uranium enrichment project. The Department of Energy plans to end its contract for the American Centrifuge Project in Piketon at the end of September. About 235 workers have been notified of ...

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Fatal workplace injuries increase in Ohio

Ohio is one of 24 states where deaths on the job increased last year from the year before, according to newly updated state and federal data. There were 184 work-related fatalities across all occupations statewide in 2014, compared to 149 the year before, according to Ohio Department of Health, which tracks the state-level statistics in partnership with the federal government. ...

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Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, telling voters at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday that she opposes the project assailed by environmentalists. The Democratic presidential candidate said the project had become an impediment to efforts to fight climate change. “I think it is imperative ...

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Pope Francis: Act now on climate change

Pope Francis’ remarks as prepared for delivery: I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen ...

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Halliburton lays off Williston workers; how many not known

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Houston-based oil field services company Halliburton has laid off some of its workers in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston, though the company isn’t providing details. Halliburton in April suspended operations at its facility in Minot and transferred many of the jobs there to locations in Williston and Dickinson, citing “changing business needs ...

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West Coast to get Bakken oil via rail indefinitely: regulator

FARGO, N.D., Sept 22 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s Bakken crude oil should continue to travel to the U.S. West Coast via rail for the foreseeable future, the state’s pipeline regulator said on Tuesday. The use of pipe to transport oil out of the No. 2 U.S. crude producing state continues to climb, nearly reaching parity with rail this month. Yet ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio says he’s shedding fossil fuel investments

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining a campaign to use investment decisions to fight global warming by shedding his own fossil fuel investments. The actor joined members of the Divest-Invest Coalition in New York on Tuesday as it made the announcement on his behalf. A leader of the effort, Ellen Dorsey, said DiCaprio planned to divest his own ...

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