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Wed March 18, 2015

After Toxic Ash Spill, Energy Company And Locals Struggle Over Solution

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:13 am

The abandoned Cherokee Clay and Brick Mine in Lee County, N.C., may become a landfill for coal ash.
Dave DeWitt WUNC

When utility companies burn coal to make electricity — and it generated 39 percent of U.S. energy in 2013 — it leaves behind ash that can contain arsenic, selenium, boron and many other toxic substances.

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Wed March 18, 2015
The Salt

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:47 am

Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis during a guest appearance on ABC's The Chew last fall. She can cook rich foods and keep her trim figure, but new research suggests that that's a difficult feat for amateur cooks watching along at home.
Lou Rocco ABC/Getty Images

If you've ever watched Giada de Laurentiis make gooey chocolate-hazelnut spread or a rich carbonara pasta dish, you may have wondered: How can she cook like this and maintain her slim figure?

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Wed March 18, 2015
Sweetness And Light

News From The Charity Stripe

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:27 am

Arizona State fans showcase their Curtain of Distraction during a game against UCLA on Feb. 18 in Tempe, Ariz.
Rick Scuteri AP

It's the venerable custom in tennis and golf for the crowd to be still and quiet when players hit their shots.

Now, since even ordinary baseball batters have some success hitting against 98 mph fastballs with 40,000 fans standing and screaming, do you really believe that great athletes like Novak Djokovic or Rory McIlroy couldn't serve or putt with a few thousand fans hollering? If they'd grown up playing tennis or golf that way, that is. When disorder is a sustaining part of the game, players, in effect, put it out of their minds. Hear no evil, see no evil.

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Wed March 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Netanyahu Defeats Center-Left Rival In Israel's Parliamentary Election

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 1:46 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters Tuesday at his election campaign headquarters in Tel Aviv. If he succeeds in forming a coalition government, he would begin a historic fourth term.
Lior Mizrahi Getty Images

With nearly all votes counted in elections for the Knesset, Israel's parliament, Benjamin Netanyahu's center-right Likud party has won at least a five-seat victory over its principal rival, the center-left Zionist Union.

Israeli media report Likud has 29 or 30 seats in the 120-member Knesset to the Zionist Union's 24 seats.

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Tue March 17, 2015
Code Switch

Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah Vs. Government

Hundreds of adult wood storks gather on the tops of trees at the the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
Stephen B. Morton AP

More than 70 years ago, the federal government took land from descendants of West African slaves, known as the Gullah, living in Georgia. Now they're fighting to get it back.

In 1942, they were given just weeks to leave marsh property on the Georgia coast so that the U.S. military could construct an airbase for training pilots and conducting anti-submarine flights. Twenty years later, the former base and the land around it were converted into the 2,762-acre Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

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