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Marine Corps Vet Sued for Living 'Off the Grid'

But Tyler Truitt calls it an act of 'civil disobedience'

(Newser) - For US Marine Corps veteran Tyler Truitt, the homefront has a battle all its own: The 27-year-old resident of Huntsville, Alabama, is going to court with the city next month over his "off-the-grid" lifestyle, which includes living in a trailer, using solar panels, and catching rainwater in a 550-gallon... More »

Texas Plant Told State It Could Not Explode

Governor Perry requests federal state of emergency

(Newser) - News outlets are digging into the West Fertilizer plant's regulatory filings and finding that, in light of the explosion that may have killed as many as 15 people and injured about 160, the plant might have undersold the risks a tad. While the company did tell regulators it had... More »

Georgia Town Relents, Approves Expanded Mosque

Pressure from Department of Justice prompts change in Lilburn

(Newser) - The city council of Lilburn, Georgia, changed its tune last night, voting 3-1 to approve expansion plans for a local mosque that it had blocked for nearly two years, after the federal Justice Department said it would investigate the town. Residents packed into City Hall for the meeting, with nearly... More »

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