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Dam breach raises concerns about coal ash flowing into North Carolina river
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WILMINGTON, N.C.) -- Duke Energy says a dam at a power plant in Wilmington, North Carolina has been breached, raising concerns that water contaminated with byproducts of burning coal could flow into the Cape Fear River. Duke says ponds that store solid byproducts of burning coal that can contaminate waterways with substances like mercury and arsenic, known as coal ash, are submerged but they believe stable and not releasing ash into the river. But a spokeswoman also said they cannot rule out that coal ash was released and will continue to monitor the situation. Duke says flooding...
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3 infants, 2 adults stabbed at home-operated daycare; suspect in custody: Police
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Three babies were among five people stabbed at a suspected birthing center in New York City early Friday, police and officials said. The victims were found just before 4 a.m. inside what police described as a private residence housing what initially appeared to be a childcare facility in the Flushing neighborhood of the city's borough of Queens. Investigators now believe the home may have been a birthing center, which partially served as a place for immigrant women to deliver babies in the United States. There were nine infants inside the multifamily home, three of whom had...
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First test of nationwide 'Presidential Alert' system for cellphones set for Oct. 3
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The federal government is set to conduct the first-ever test of a nationwide system to send emergency alerts to almost all cellphones in the country on October 3. The "Presidential Alert" system uses the same wireless alerts smartphone users receive on AMBER alerts or severe weather warnings but allows the president, or another authorized official, to send simultaneous warnings to almost every smartphone in the country at the same time. FEMA officials said that, unlike AMBER alerts or weather warnings that are sent to people in a specific area, the "Presidential Alert" would be triggered if the...
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