Hinkley, Calif., battled pollution of its ground water by chromium 6 in the 1990s – a case that inspired 'Erin Brockovich.' Now the substance has escaped its containment barrier.
The Monitor's correspondents around the world have shared some great Christmas stories over the years – from cradles of Christianity, such as Bethlehem, and from less likely places, such as China, Afghanistan, and Cairo. Click through the slides for highlights of past years' holiday coverage.
Astrid, a two week-old Red Lechwe calf, walks with her keeper at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England on Dec. 21. The calf is being hand-reared by keepers at the zoo after being abandoned by its mother, and will be spending Christmas at a keepers house.
A group of elderly Chinese women wearing Christmas hats take a dip in the icy waters on a frozen river in Shenyang, northeastern China's Liaoning province on Dec. 20. Winter swimming is especially popular amongst the elderly and retired as it's believed to benefit health, and also said to increase the level of mental awareness, and release stress.
Golden State Warriors' Monta Ellis (r.) hands out boxes of food and sundries to needy families in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 16. Mr. Ellis and teammate Stephen Curry are joining with international hunger relief organization Feed The Children to provide 800 local families with boxes of food and personal care items.
A young monk holds a traditional parasol as he waits for the arrival of Tibet's exiled Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Pemayangtse monastery in Pelling in India's Himalayan state of Sikkim. The Dalai Lama is in Sikkim, which borders China, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao begins his three-day visit to New Delhi.