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  • Gas company investors want fracking disclosures

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    As uproar continues to build over the toxic chemicals used by natural gas companies in hydraulic fracturing (popularly known as "fracking"), some large shareholders in energy companies are joining calls for full disclosure of what is being pumped into the ground in the process of extracting gas.

    The Associated Press reported over the weekend that because of incidents of fracking-connected groundwater contamination, some investor groups are asking nine oil and gas companies to explain how they plan to manage the potential environmental damage caused by fracking. They also want drillers to go "above and beyond" the existing regulatory standards. Fracking still hasn't been studied fully by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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  • Half of post offices under review, thousands to close

    AP00091903098If you dread going to the post office, it now appears that the residual corps of post offices will shrink dramatically -- meaning longer lines at the facilities that remain. Happy Monday!

    Yes, after hemorrhaging cash for years, the U.S. Postal Service is set to close roughly 2,000 locations in the coming months, with many more potentially on the chopping block later, mostly in rural areas.

    The Wall Street Journal reports:

    "Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing another 16,000 — half of the nation's existing post offices — that are operating at a deficit, and lobbying Congress to allow it to change the law so it can close the most unprofitable among them. The law currently allows the postal service to close post offices only for maintenance problems, lease expirations or other reasons that don't include profitability. ... The

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  • Charges in 23-year-old kidnapping case

    AP110120052888The woman who Carlina White says kidnapped her as a baby and then raised her in an abusive home is facing federal charges, ABC News reports.

    White, who was reunited with her biological parents 23 years after being taken from a New York City hospital by a woman dressed as a nurse, says Ann Pettway raised her in Bridgeport, Conn.

    White said that Pettway was abusive and that she always suspected the woman was not her mother.

    Pettway contacted authorities over Facebook and turned herself in to the FBI.

    (Photo of poster released by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which helped White locate her biological parents: AP)

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