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August 18, 2015 Deadly 'brain-eating' amoeba found in Louisiana water system

Source: Mother Nature Network

It sounds terrifying: brain-eating amoeba. And well, it is. Though infection from Naegleria fowleri amoeba is rare-- only a little over 130 confirmed cases since the 1950's-- the pathogen can be found naturally in warm freshwater...

August 18, 2015 Abbott government to change environment laws in crackdown on 'vigilante' green groups (Australia)

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Environment groups will be forbidden from challenging large developments in court as the Abbott government responds to the controversial decision that stopped Australia's largest coal project – Adani's Carmichael coal mine - in...

August 18, 2015 IRS hack twice as large as originally believed

Source: USA Today

A hack of the Internal Revenue service first reported in May was twice as large as previously stated, the agency said Monday. The thieves may have accessed as many as 330,000 taxpayer accounts, the IRS said.

August 17, 2015 AT&T accused of helping NSA with Internet spying

The Institution of Engineering and Technology - AT&T reportedly gave technical assistance to the spy agency to carry out a secret court order, allowing it to wiretap all Internet communications at the headquarters of the...

August 17, 2015 Merkel says she expects IMF to take part in Greek bailout

Source: Reuters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to reassure skeptical lawmakers on Sunday that the International Monetary Fund would take part in a new bailout for Greece, before a parliamentary vote in which many of her conservatives may...

August 17, 2015 Investors to look at Fed, earnings with China filter

Source: Reuters

Investors will comb through Wednesday's minutes of the most recent Federal Reserve meeting for indications on how the U.S. central bank will react to the recent yuan devaluation and the further decline in oil prices.

August 17, 2015 Japan nuclear utility says no special precautions over volcano

Source: Reuters

Japanese utility Kyushu Electric Power said on Monday that it was monitoring activity at a volcano near its Sendai nuclear plant, but did not need to take any special precautions after authorities warned of the risk of a...

August 17, 2015 Software upgrade may have caused 400 U.S. flight cancellations: FAA

Source: Reuters

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Sunday that a software upgrade at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Virginia, may have led to more than 440 flights getting canceled on the heavily populated U.S. East Coast...

August 14, 2015 EPA chief: Colorado river hit by mine waste back to pre-spill quality

Source: Reuters

The water quality of a southwestern Colorado river rendered bright orange by toxic waste spewed from an abandoned gold mine one week ago has returned to pre-spill levels, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief said on...

August 14, 2015 Fifteen US states seek to block Obama's clean power plan

Source: The Guardian

Attorneys general for 15 other states issued a statement supporting the EPA rules to cut emissions and saying they would oppose legal efforts to block them

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