The National Popular Vote movement to bypass the Electoral College would fracture American politics and undermine important safeguards of our individuals rights.
Gulf of Mexico – The dead zone at the mouth of the Mississippi River, largely caused by annual fertilizer and farm chemical runoff from the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya rivers, is said to cover 7,000 square miles or more, or the size of New Jersey, depending on rainfall or floods. This runoff fuels algae blooms, dropping oxygen levels needed to sustain life. It is considered the largest dead zone in the US. (Source: NOAA, Scientific American)
A new oil industry study says there is as much as $2 trillion in natural gas locked in shale deposits beneath New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. But drilling for it can be fraught with problems, critics say.
Albert Snyder says he won't pay court-ordered legal fees of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church, which organizes protests at military funerals. He sued the group after it picketed at his son's funeral in 2006, and the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear his appeal.
States' Medicaid programs will have to grow dramatically to meet the demands of healthcare reform. Those states that have already started the process could come out ahead financially.
York, Pa., known as the ‘white rose city’ after the symbol for the British House of York, retains much its architecture from the past, with buildings sporting cupolas, columns, and the occasional turret.
Water and chemicals injected at high pressure can extract more gas – and possibly pollute drinking water.