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Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday threatened to subpoena the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to obtain documents related to rules on carbon pollution from power plants. Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy wrote to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, saying that despite meetings between committee staff and EPA staff, "EPA has been wholly unresponsive to the committee."
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Coalition Jets Strike Islamic State Near Turkish Border: Kurdish Sources
Kurdish sources said U.S.-led forces launched air strikes on Islamic State fighters who are besieging a Kurdish town near the Syrian border with Turkey, a rare daylight coalition attack. " Parwer Mohammed Ali, a translator with the PYD Kurdish group, told Reuters, "Today, American jets hit a village that is 4-5 km southeast of Kobani and we heard they destroyed one (Islamic State) tank,by telephone from Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic."
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Stock Futures Begin Fourth Quarter Flat, Data Awaited
U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a number of economic reports that could set the tone for the fourth quarter on Wall Street. Markets are coming off a positive third quarter with a seventh straight quarterly gain for both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but also a decline for major indexes in September. The S&P has largely traded in a range for the past six weeks, finding resistance at its record close and support at its 50-day moving average.
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Ebola Case Stokes Concerns For Liberians In Texas
The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a man who recently traveled from Liberia to Dallas, sending chills through the area's West African community whose leaders urged caution to prevent spreading the virus. Federal health officials said Tuesday, the unidentified man was critically ill and has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday. They would not reveal his nationality or age.
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End Of The Road For The Tax Disc After 93 Years
Drivers can tear up their tax discs today as they are scrapped after 93 years. The AA said the move marked ‘a poignant moment in motoring history – and the end of an era’. Its president Edmund King added: ‘The car windscreen will look naked without a disc.’ Motorists will still have to pay tax on their vehicles, but will no longer have to display a disc in their windscreen. The change is part of the Government’s so-called red-tape challenge to cut paperwork and is expected to save £10million a year. Police and other agencies now have computers that use a camera to read a registration plate and check it on a database of cars that have tax, insurance and an MOT. But experts say thousands of drivers risk a £1,000 fine because they have not had enough warning about the disc’s abolition.
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An Environmentalist's Calculated Push Toward Brazil's Presidency
In March 2003, three months into her tenure as Brazil's environment minister, Marina Silva gathered a half-dozen aides at the modernist ministry building in Brasilia. She told them the new government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was about to embark on a pharaonic infrastructure project for Brazil's arid Northeast. The project, a still-ongoing effort to reroute water from one of its biggest rivers, had previously been opposed by environmentalists, including Silva herself. Rather than explain how she would thwart the plan, however, the former activist said she would work to make it as sustainable as possible.
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Taylor Swift Covers British Vogue: "Dating Or Finding Someone Is The Last Thing On My Mind"
Taylor Swift is dancing on her own, all right. The "Shake It Off" singer covers British Vogue's November issue and explains why she's happily single. Swift, whose famous exes include Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and Harry Styles, among others says "Dating or finding someone is the last thing on my mind, because I can't picture how it could work with the way my life is, I don't know how a guy is supposed to walk next to his girlfriend when there are 20 men with cameras, and he can't protect his girlfriend because that's the life she chose. I just don't see how it could work, so I don't think about it, and I kind of run from it when it presents itself."
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Local Search Popularity Means Small Businesses Still Need SEO
According to a report from Google, more and more consumers are turning to their smartphones and mobile devices to help them find nearby businesses and make purchases. In fact, 50% of people who make local searches on a smartphone visit a store within a day. The report, which broke down consumers' local search behavior, also found that 34% of tablet and desktop searchers will visit a business within a day of searching, and 18% of people conducting local searches on a smartphone will make a purchase within a day.
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Brad Pitt Feels Like "the Richest Man Alive," Calls Fatherhood "the Most Beautiful Thing" Ever
It's an especially good time to be Brad Pitt. The newlywed, opens up about his children with wife Angelina Jolie in the November issue of the U.K.'s Psychologies magazine. Regarding what he's learned from raising Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 6, proud papa Pitt, says, "You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve. It's the most beautiful thing you can experience.
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At Least 10 People Killed In Shelling On And Near School In East Ukraine
City authorities and Reuters witnesses said at least 10 people were killed on Wednesday when shells hit a school playground and a mini-van in a nearby street in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, There were no children among those killed in the shelling at School No. 57 on the first day of the new school year, though witnesses said the dead included a biology teacher and the parent of a child at the school. Reuters correspondents saw the bodies of three adults at the school and an additional six bodies in a burnt-out mini-van and on streets nearby.