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EPA: Fracking chemicals likely tainted Wyoming drinking water

Chemicals used in a controversial method of natural gas extraction known as hydrolic fracturing, or “fracking,” have likely tainted well water used for drinking supplies in Wyoming, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday. The agency said Thursday night that it discovered high levels of benzene in well water near…

Ex-FBI agent who vanished in Iran pleads for help in mysterious video

In a case that’s gotten little media coverage, unknown captors have been holding retired FBI agent Robert Levinson hostage for the last five years, some believe in Iran. But a new video released on Friday looks like it may elevate the story to the level of a true international crisis.…

Woman busted for cooking meth inside Tulsa Walmart

A woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma was arrested Thursday for trying to set up a meth lab inside a Walmart store. Police said security footage showed Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon, 45, in the store for at least six hours gathering the chemicals needed to manufacture methamphetamine. Halfmoon told officers she was…

Ron Paul: Bush administration reacted with ‘glee’ after 9/11

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul said Thursday that President George W. Bush’s administration was actually happy after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011. Speaking to about 1,000 students on the Iowa State Campus in Ames, Iowa, Paul explained that the Bush administration was eager to capitalize on the attacks.…

Juror’s tweets ensure retrial for death row inmate

A death row inmate in the southern US state of Arkansas has been granted a new trial after one juror during the original hearing was caught sending Twitter messages and another juror fell asleep. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence for Erickson Dimas-Martinez, 26, and ordered…

Video posted of former FBI agent missing in Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The family of a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007 has released a hostage video showing him alive and asking for help. The video shows Robert Levinson, looking gaunt, asking for the U.S. government’s help “to answer the requests of the group that has…

Congressman fires staffers over indiscreet tweets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressman from Washington state fired three aides on Thursday shortly after learning of their indiscreet tweets that talked of on-the-job drinking and insulted their boss. Democratic Representative Rick Larsen fired the youthful trio — Seth Burroughs, Elizabeth Robbee and Ben Byers — shortly after a report…

Republicans tie Keystone pipeline to tax cut bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House of Representatives will include approval of a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a payroll tax cut bill, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday, raising the political stakes on the issue. The move by House Republicans marked a challenge to President Barack Obama, who has warned he…

Attorney General Holder vows not to quit in gun sting case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans grilled Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday over a botched gun-smuggling sting in Mexico, with one lawmaker comparing Holder to Nixon-era Attorney General John Mitchell and another saying “heads should roll.” “I have no intention of resigning,” said Holder, who has headed the Justice Department since…

Arizona senators concerned over Arpaio sex crime probes

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona’s two U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern over media reports accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his crackdown on illegal immigration, of giving short shrift to hundreds of sex-crime investigations. In a joint statement, Republican Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl said the…

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