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  • FINAL LOOK: Parents claim that Four Loko killed their son

    Here is our roster of stories that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment:

    • The parents of a recently deceased Florida man have filed a lawsuit claiming that his affinity for the controversial beverage Four Loko led him to shoot himself in the head. (ABC News)

    • Some claimants who filed months ago for compensation from the $20 billion BP spill fund administered by Ken Feinberg are still waiting for a check. (Pro Publica)

    • Apple announced today that it will finally offer Beatles songs for sale through iTunes. (AP)

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  • Pittsburgh city council votes to ban natural-gas drilling

    AP080422050247Energy experts have long touted natural gas as a cleaner fuel than oil. But while natural gas, as an end product, may be cleaner in many ways, its extraction still creates a great deal of environmental damage.

    That's why environmentalists are starting to campaign more aggressively against the fuel — highlighting what's known as "fracking" — whereby gas engineers pump water and chemicals into the earth at a high velocity to break through underground rock. Critics charge that fracking contaminates the air, as well as drinking-water reservoirs near natural-gas wells. Natural-gas detractors are also taking aim at a 2005 energy law that has exempted the industry and fracking technology from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Among other things, the loophole allows companies to not disclose any toxic chemicals they may be using in the fracking process.

    Today, natural-gas foes scored a noteworthy win, as Pittsburgh's city council cited the risks of fracking when it voted unanimously to pass a measure that bans natural-gas drilling in the city. The vote makes Pittsburgh the first city in gas-rich Pennsylvania to ban gas drilling.

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  • Website publishes images captured by X-ray body scanners

    Well, this won't do much to tamp down the growing backlash over the TSA's use of X-ray body scanners: U.S. Marshals at a federal courthouse in Florida saved 35,000 images of people passing through scanners that were supposed to be destroyed. The tech website Gizmodo obtained the images and published 100 of them. (Warning: Though the images are very indistinct, in theory, at least, not all of them are safe for work.)

    Explaining the decision to publish the grainy images, Joel Johnson, Gizmodo's editor-at-large, writes that the idea is to show "the security limitations of not just this particular machine, but millimeter wave and X-ray backscatter body scanners operated by federal employees in our courthouses and by TSA officers in airports across the country. That we can see these images today almost guarantees that others will be seeing similar images in the future. If you're lucky, it might even be a picture of you or your family."

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  • Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind
    Federer earns a meeting with Croatian wunderkind

    Roger Federer's bid to extend his record of Dubai Open titles to seven carried him into the semi-finals with record-breaking speed and to a meeting with the new wunderkind of tennis. It took only 20 minutes on Thursday for the 17-time Grand Slam champion to win the first set 6-1 against Richard Gasquet, whereupon the Frenchman shuffled up to the net, offered his hand, and retired, suffering with a bad back. It was disappointingly anti-climactic but it did create the intriguing prospect of Federer facing Borna Coric, the 18-year-old Croatian who only got into the main draw as a lucky loser, but who has now become the youngest semi-finalist in the tournament's 23-year history. Coric, described by world number one Novak Djokovic as "definitely one of the most talented players in the world right now", scored a trampling 6-1, 6-3 success over former Wimbledon and US Open champion Andy Murray.

  • Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant linked to incident at Walmart parking lot

    By Lisa Maria Garza and Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was questioned by police at the scene of a 2011 incident in which a witness reported that Bryant's girlfriend was dragged by an unidentified man across a Texas Walmart parking lot, according to police documents. Neither Bryant or the Cowboys have commented on the report that was released as the National Football League has been rocked by a series of highly publicized domestic violence incidents among players including Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. In the 2011 incident in Texas, a Walmart security guard told police a person reported to him that a black man dragged Bryant's girlfriend Ilyne Nash from a white Mercedes, which was registered to Bryant, and across the parking lot.

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