Posts Tagged Environment and nature

AP NewsBreak: Obama opens East Coast to oil search

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.

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Senate panel examining role of GM legal department

In this June 18, 2014 file photo, General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barra makes her second appearance before a Senate subcommittee investigating the company's handling of a defective ignition switch in small cars on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel will pose questions to a new set of key players Thursday as it delves deeper into General Motors’ delayed recall of millions of small cars.

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Scientists name Puerto Rico water mite after JLo

In this June 12, 2014 file photo, pop singer singer Jennifer Lopez performs at the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A group of of scientists named a water mite in Lopez's honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico. The music of the Bronx, New York-born entertainer who has Puerto Rican roots was a hit with the group while they wrote about their findings, biologist Vladimir Pesic said in an email Wednesday, July 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Pop singer Jennifer Lopez may be thinking life is funny after a group of scientists named a water mite in her honor after discovering a new species near Puerto Rico.

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Once a niche, local foods becoming big business

Pequea Valley Farm yogurts are set out for sale Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Jefferson University Hospital's cafeteria in Philadelphia. Locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to institutions like hospitals and schools, eliminating middlemen from farm to fork. They’re increasing profits for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier foods. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren’t just for farmers markets anymore.

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North Texas city rejects partial fracking ban

Council member George Campbell, left rear, talks with Mayor Chris Watts as council persons Anita Burgess and Dalton Gregory right, listen to Former Texas Railroad Commission executive director John Tintara, at podium, speak at a public hearing at City Hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas. Current and former Texas officials have warned a North Texas city that it lacks the authority to enact a ban it's considering on hydraulic fracturing. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community.

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