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New plagiarism question in Colo. governor campaign

A Colorado gubernatorial candidate faced new allegations of plagiarism Wednesday, a day after the Republican apologized for lifting part of a judge’s work for a series of essays he passed off as his own. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that parts of a newspaper column Scott McInnis wrote in 1994…

Effort underway to remove tons of fat from London’s sewers

A team of workers sporting breathing apparatus and carrying shovels has started clearing around 1,000 tonnes of fat from sewers around London’s Leicester Square, a water company said Tuesday. Cooking fat being poured down drains under one of the city’s main tourist attractions is thought to be causing blockages. Leicester…

Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding

Shrimpers who were exposed to a mixture of oil and Corexit dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico suffered severe symptoms such as muscle spasms, heart palpitations, headaches that last for weeks and bleeding from the rectum, according to a marine toxicologist who issued the warning Friday on a cable news…

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills

The Gulf area may have to live with oil long after the beaches have been cleaned. Some residents are outraged that BP has been dumping oily waste in landfills in their areas. After BP crews scoop up the oil off Gulf beaches, the waste is transported to Mississippi’s Pecan Grove…

BP’s Gulf oil gusher now the worst accidental oil spill in history

A Taiwanese supertanker skimmed oil from the Gulf of Mexico Saturday as the months-long disaster became the worst accidental spill on record. Rough seas and strong winds continued to delay clean-up efforts, displace protective booms and push the oil deeper into fragile coastal wetlands, endangering wildlife preserves and the thousands…

BP spill nears a somber record as Gulf’s biggest

BP’s massive oil spill will become the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico by Thursday based on the highest of the federal government’s estimates, an ominous record that underscores the oil giant’s dire need to halt the gusher. The oil that’s spewed for two and a half months from…

European Space Agency: Conditions for life may have existed all over Mars

Conditions suitable for life — most notably the presence of water — may once have existed all over Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has said. Hydrated silicate minerals were found by the ESA’s Mars Express and NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance orbiters in northern lowlands of the Red Planet, a clear…

BP hires private security contractors to guard ‘black water’

If they had hired Blackwater, the firm would have had a particularly appropriate sounding name for the job: guarding tar-stained beaches. In their latest eyebrow-raising PR move, multinational oil giant BP has enlisted private security contractors to keep onlookers away from oil cleanup sites. While the firm they hired apparently…

Scientists hit on universal theory of bubbles

PARIS — Bubbles don’t just disappear when they pop but deflate in a rapid cascade of ever-smaller “daughter” bubbles, scientists reported on Wednesday. The physics behind this bursting effect seems to hold true whether the liquid is as thin as water or as thick as heavy oil, suggesting that the…

In apparent lie, BP continues to deny existence of huge oil plumes

Appearing on no less than three major networks Wednesday, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles continued to deny the existence of oil plumes underneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Suttles’ comments came despite the fact that government and university scientists confirmed Tuesday they had found large plumes of…

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