EPA finds higher-than-expected levels of toxic chemical in air and water near Superfund site

The Environmental Protection Agency says that an area larger than previously thought has been affected by the toxic chemical TCE at an underground Superfund site and has been "leeching into the air" in two specific spots, reported NBC Bay Area.

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Chris Hayes: American public wants to increase or maintain government spending despite rhetoric

Chris Hayes began his Sunday show by discussing a recent Pew Research poll that asked Americans whether they wanted to increase, decrease, or maintain funding levels for various government programs.

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North Carolina stirs controversy over special licenses for undocumented immigrants

North Carolina will begin to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants who have been granted "lawful presence" in the country -- but North Carolina is drawing criticism for how it will issue those licenses, reported Fox 8.

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Harris-Perry guest: States with strong background check laws have fewer suicides

On her Sunday show, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry discussed the ongoing debate on how best to fight gun violence, noting that some favor more restrictions while others prefer more guns.

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Maddow guest: Texas senator claimed 12 Harvard professors were 'Marxists'

On Rachel Maddow's Friday show, the host discussed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and whether he bears any similarity to the infamous Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who instigated a communist witch hunt in the 1950s.

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Glenn Beck turns down WWE invitation after anger over tea party characters

World Wresting Entertainment invited Glenn Beck onto the program Raw after the conservative radio host criticized the organization for creating characters that appear to be caricatures of anti-immigrant tea party conservatives.

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Nevada state senator to push dispensary bill amid confusing medical marijuana law

A Nevada state senator announced that he would push legislation to create a system to regulate for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries, reported the Las Vegas Sun.

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Orlando teen fatally stabbed with a sword by half-brother

A Florida man stabbed his teenage half-brother to death with a sword on Thursday afternoon, reported 13 News in Orlando.

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'Spider-sense' suit exerts pressure when objects approach

If you thought that the tingling feeling, or "spider-sense," that alerts Spiderman to threats was confined to the realm of comics, you might want to check out a new suit being created by a scientist in Chicago.

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FDA approves breast cancer drug that avoids healthy cells

The FDA has approved a new breast cancer drug that avoids healthy cells while it targets tumors, reported the Associated Press.

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Dead mice to be dropped on Guam from helicopters to fight invasive snake

If the image of dead mice falling from the sky makes you squeamish, you might want to skip a spring trip to Guam this year.

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Chris Hayes and panel discuss pope and role of Catholic Church in people's lives

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host used the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as jumping off point to discuss religion in contemporary society.

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Country singer Mindy McCready reported dead at 37

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready reportedly died, allegedly of a suicide, on Sunday.

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Video: Thousands protest Keystone XL pipeline in D.C.

Thousands of demonstrators protested the proposed Keystone XL at the National Mall on Sunday.

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Bourbon producer Maker's Mark backtracks on reducing alcohol content

Maker's Mark, the bourbon producer that announced its decision to reduce the alcohol content to meet increased demand few days ago, has bent to consumer anger and said that it will not alter its 90 proof formula after the announcement sparked controversy, reported Forbes.

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