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- Some tests near Imperial's Canada mine spill show high copper
(Reuters) - A small number of water samples taken near the site of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp's Mount Polley mine have shown copper levels high enough to pose a risk to fish, British Columbia officials said on Friday, but the copper did not exceed drinking water guidelines. Two samples taken deep in Quesnel Lake on Aug. 12 showed high concentrations of copper, 134 micrograms per liter and 217 micrograms per liter, according to documents posted by the province on Friday. To meet water quality guidelines for even short-term or "acute" exposure for fish, copper levels should be 8.5 micrograms per liter or less. Four other samples narrowly exceeded chronic or acute guidelines for copper exposure by aquatic life.
- James Foley's Family Releases ISIL's Final Email About Their Son
ISIL, the terrorist organization behind the tragic execution of American journalist James Foley, sent the Foley family and his employer, GlobalPost, only two communications, both sent via email. The Foley family has now made the second email public, which we have reprinted in full below. Christopher Voss, a Georgetown University professor who spent 24 years as a lead hostage negotiator for the FBI and is now the CEO of Black Swan Group, a company which applies hostage negotiation strategy to business negotiation, told The Wire in a phone interview that a number as high as $100 million is, in fact, the opposite of an attempt at negotiation.
- Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept
- Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle
Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region.
- ACLU: Ferguson police report on Michael Brown's death violates law
- Airlines, cruise ships monitoring Caribbean system
- A look into heart of jihadist 'caliphate' in Syria, Iraq
New York (AFP) - "What do you want to be? A jihadist, or to execute a martyrdom operation?" In the "caliphate" recently proclaimed by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, even young children are indoctrinated, and Sharia law is backed by the gun, according to a gripping documentary offering one of the first glimpses of life in Raqqa, power base of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Part 1 of a five-episode series, The Islamic State, filmed by Anglo-Palestinian journalist Medyan Dairieh was released Thursday by New York-based Vice News.
- Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders