U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case b

  • U.S. top court rejects Exxon appeal in groundwater contamination case

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Exxon Mobil Corp’s appeal of a $236 million judgment against the oil company in a case brought by the state of New Hampshire over groundwater contamination linked to a gasoline additive. The justices left in place the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling upholding the judgment by a jury that in 2013 spurned Exxon’s claims that the contamination linked to its fuel additive was not its fault but rather the fault of the local gas stations and storage facilities that spilled it. Exxon argued in its appeal that its due process rights were violated because New Hampshire had not proved the company’s liability for the alleged pollution at each individual site.

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  • Health

    After 3 months, Congress ready to act on Obama’s Zika call

    Congress is ready to act on President Barack Obama’s long-stalled request for emergency funds to combat the Zika virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects and other major health problems. Obama requested $1.9 billion three months ago for several purposes, including creating a vaccine for the disease, taking steps to control the mosquitoes that spread Zika and helping other countries battle the virus. For adults, the Zika virus can cause relatively mild symptoms such as fever, rash and joint pain.

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  • U.S.

    Baltimore cop testifies against officer in Freddie Gray trial

    Officer Garrett Miller testified under prosecution questioning that he alone arrested Gray, whose death triggered rioting and protests in Baltimore in April 2015, without his accused partner Officer Edward Nero. Prosecutors contend that Nero, 30, pursued Gray without probable cause and then failed to secure Gray in the van.

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  • World

    Israel, Palestinians Allow Mine Clearance at Site of the Baptism of Jesus

    The HALO Trust, a British organization that clears minefields, will remove mines from the 136-acre Qaser al-Yahud site in the West Bank where Jesus is believed to have been baptized. Seven churches on the site have been inaccessible since the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel mined the area to fend off attacks from Jordan.

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  • World

    Kenya police break up opposition protests

    Kenyan police fired tear gas and beat opposition demonstrators with truncheons Monday to stop them storming the offices of the electoral commission to demand its dissolution. Hundreds of protesters were prevented from reaching the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Protests were also held in other Kenyan towns, including Kisumu and Kisii in the southwest, with police there firing tear gas to break up the crowds, local media reported.

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  • U.S.

    Graduating Student Ends Commencement Speech Early to Propose to Girlfriend

    This college graduation ceremony ended not with a bang, but with an engagement ring. The heartwarming story unfolded Saturday as Timothy Babine, a physical education major at the University of Maine Presque Isle, took the stage to deliver his commencement speech. “First off, I want to start by congratulating my colleagues of the graduating class of 2016,” the 23-year-old said at the school gymnasium.

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  • U.S.

    Shell Oil Spill Near Louisiana Dumps 90,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Into the Gulf of Mexico

    While stories about each and every little thing Donald Trump said and did dominated the news cycle over the weekend, a major environmental catastrophe unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico — and you probably didn’t hear about. Shell first noticed the leak only after a helicopter reported a 2 by 13-mile sheen across the Gulf of Mexico near the oil giant’s Brutus platform.

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      USA Today
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  • U.S.

    Groups seek immediate halt to N.C. law restricting transgender bathroom choice

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) – Several groups supporting the rights of transgender people filed a motion on Monday asking a U.S. court to block North Carolina from enforcing a law that mandates bathroom access according to birth sex while the measure is being challenged. The preliminary injunction was being sought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal, a national advocacy group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. “H.B. 2 is causing ongoing and serious harm to transgender people in North Carolina and must be put on hold while it is reviewed by the court,” Chris Brook, legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement referring to the law, which was enacted in March.

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  • U.S.

    Florida Woman Hospitalized with Small Shark Latched Onto Arm

    A Florida woman was hospitalized Sunday when a small nurse shark bit her arm and would not let go after people on the beach had reportedly been “antagonizing” the animal in the water. Eleven-year-old Nate Pachter was snorkeling in the area, he told the Sun-Sentinel, when he saw a group of people in the water “holding the shark by its tail. The bite reflex is such that it may be some minutes before a quietly re-immersed nurse shark will relax and release its tormenter,” the website says.

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  • World

    Why Belief in Witchcraft Can Do Harm

    Belief in witchcraft is linked to a lack of trust for people in sub-Saharan Africa, new research finds. In regions where witchcraft belief is high, people are less likely to trust others, including their family, neighbors and local institutions, American University economist Boris Gershman reports in the May issue of the Journal of Development Economics. “What’s more, the children of immigrants from countries with high prevalence of witchcraft beliefs are more distrusting than children of immigrants from other countries,” Gershman found, suggesting that such beliefs may contribute to the formation of persistent antisocial attitudes.

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