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Tennessee Tests Massive Sludge Spill for Toxins

Huge spill of coal ash has locals worried

(Newser) - EPA officials are working through Christmas running tests on a river of sludge that inundated 400 acres in Tennessee, the Tennessean reports. The gloop, coal ash waste that spilled from a power plant retention pond early Monday, is suspected of containing high levels of arsenic, lead, mercury, and other toxins.... More »

Canadian Minister Quits After Blunder With Lover

Foreign boss papered love nest with government documents

(Newser) - Canada's foreign affairs minister has been forced to resign because he left NATO summit briefing documents at the home of his former girlfriend. Maxime Bernier was already under fire for his just-dumped lover's connection to Quebec biker gangs, and his resignation follows other embarrassing revelations that have plagued the Canadian... More »

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