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1. Oil and Gas: Spills up 18 percent in U.S. in 2013

2. Frogs’ immune systems weakened by chemicals, study finds

3. Toxic Plumes: The Dark Side of Silicon Valley

4. Getting Beyond Just Wheat, Corn and Rice

Some uncommon grains have environmental advantages that could be beneficial in a changing world. But making the uncommon common can be difficult.
Mature millet in field

5. ‘Cancer villages’ alert China to urgent water crisis

6. Treasure Island: The People of Tangier Their Life, Land and Heritage Could Wash Away

7. Trove Of Toxic Mercury Lurks In Arctic Sea Ice

Environment: Ice-core analysis shows more methylmercury will enter Arctic food chain as climate change speeds up ice melt
Photo of researchers sampling ice cores from an Artic sea-ice floe

8. Environment: Scientist Warn of Rising Oceans from Polar Melt

9. Wildfires: Southwest struggles to adapt to year-round fire season

Oklahoma firefighter

10. Safety debate eyes taming Bakken crude before it hits rails

Safety debate eyes taming Bakken crude before it hits rails Photo: SHANNON STAPLETON

11. Feds Reach Settlement Agreement To Recall Buckyballs


12. Children of Smoking Addicts More Likely to Become Heavy Smokers

The study is the first to give an intergenerational view of the impact a parent’s behavior has on children.

A person smokes a cigarette.

13. Woman, Sterile From Mom’s Pregnancy Drug at 25, Gets Mother’s Day Miracle Baby

PHOTO: Judith Helfand and her healthy baby girl Theodora, who arrived in April, 2014.

14. Mine Incident: Two deaths confirmed at Patriot Coal mine in Boone County, WV

Two miners killed in Patriot Coal mine in Boone County, WV

Mono mono twins occur every 10,000 births

Massachusetts State Police investigating

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The remains of a newborn infant were found on a New Bedford street Friday evening, according to Police Chief David Provencher.

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New Bedford police said they received a call around 6:30 p.m. from a resident who discovered the remains of the infant outside a three-story home at 1065 County St.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene, and when they discovered the dead infant they contacted the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and Massachusetts States Police.

District Attorney Samuel Sutter said the investigation into the unattended death is in its early stages and a member of the state’s Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to take custody of the baby and will perform an autopsy over the weekend.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the mother of the infant or any other information about the incident is asked to call the New Bedford Police Department at 508-991-6300. An anonymous tip can also be made by calling 508-961-4584.

Judge says fathers have no legal right to be present for birth of child

NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey judge ruled a woman preparing to deliver a baby can keep the father from being in the delivery room.

USA Today reported Thursday that a superior court judge said all patients are allowed to decide who can and cannot visit them in the hospital, and pregnant women are not excluded from that.

The Newark Star-Ledger reported that the judge said fathers have no legal right to be present for the birth of their children.

The decision comes after a couple got engaged after the woman became pregnant, but later broke up. The father of the child sued for the right to be present at the birth of his child.

According to USA Today, the judge said the father’s “unwanted” presence in the delivery room could put stress on the mother and unborn child.

The Star-Ledger reported that the father never asked to be in the delivery room, and only wanted to see his baby at the hospital as soon as possible after the birth.

The father said he will not appeal the ruling because he was able to see his new baby in the hospital shortly after the mother gave birth.

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — Three-year-olds aren’t typically known for acts of heroism, but Aryanna Lynch has set the bar pretty high for the preschool set.

Images: Aryanna honored

Weymouth police are crediting the girl with saving the life of her pregnant mother, who lost consciousness last month after a seizure, the Patriot Ledger reported.

Aryanna was to receive a commendation today from Weymouth police, recognizing her bravery in an emergency.

“It could have had a tragic ending if she didn’t do what she did,” said Weymouth police Capt. Richard Fuller.

What Aryanna did was size up a very scary situation and respond in a way far beyond her years.

Tiffany Lynch, Aryanna’s mother, explained that in early February she got very sick with a stomach bug and suffered a seizure caused by dehydration from so much vomiting.

“I started to get really dizzy,” Lynch said. “The next thing I realized, the EMTs were at my house cutting into my clothes.”

Both Tiffany and Aryanna’s father, Kevin, remain a bit baffled as to how Aryanna managed to unlock Tiffany’s cellphone.

“She managed to go through the address book (on the cellphone), call her mother’s cousin, got the voicemail and left a message,” Kevin Lynch said.

And the message she left was spot-on, too.

She said, “Mommy is sick, and we need you to call an ambulance,” according to Tiffany.

What makes the girl’s action all the more admirable is that her 2-year-old sister was also at home when her mom suffered the seizure.

Kevin Lynch, meanwhile, was already at the hospital, having driven himself to the emergency room at 2 a.m. when his bout with the stomach bug turned so bad that he needed medical treatment.

Parents and police are both calling the girl’s actions “amazing.”

“To me it’s remarkable that a 3-year-old would be able to do that, especially since the mother’s phone was locked,” Fuller said.

The Lynches said they have always taught Aryanna to memorize their address in case of an emergency. And they let her play games on the smartphone, too.

Kevin Lynch, mastering the understatement, said, “She’s very good with the phone.”

Children, ages 3, 9, and 10, okay after crash 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A witness who helped rescue a family after their mother allegedly drove her minivan into the ocean tells WESH 2 that one of the children was screaming that their mother was trying to kill them.

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Tim Tesseneer, of Rutherfordton, N.C., said he was one of the two men to first reach the minivan.

The pregnant mother allegedly drove it into the ocean north of the Silver Beach approach in Daytona Beach Tuesday afternoon. Tesseneer said the woman made a hard turn toward the ocean.

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It is possible there was a medical emergency, which could have led the driver to lose control and wind up in the water.

Tesseneer told WESH 2 that one of the children inside was screaming that their mom was trying to kill them.

“The two in the back seat was crying, with their arms out saying ‘Our mommy’s trying to kill us, please help,'” said Tesseneer.

A bystander’s video of the rescue shows a rescuer carrying two children away from the sinking van when the children tell them there was another child inside.

“The kids are like, ‘No there’s a baby. There’s a baby,'” Tesseneer said. “She (the mother) wouldn’t say a word. She didn’t tell us nothing about a baby.”

The men are seen on video frantically trying to get to the small child through the hatchback and the driver’s side door.

Video shows that the mother appears disoriented and walks away from the minivan, with the child still inside.

“She had this look on her face,” said Tesseneer. “I can’t describe it. It was just an awful blank look, like spaced out look.”

The small child is eventually pulled to safety.

The mother has been admitted to a local hospital for a mental health examination.

Her children, aged 3, 9 and 10, were also taken to the hospital to be examined and are OK, officials said.

Investigators said the mother will not speak with them about the incident.

Department of Children and Families is also investigating the mother’s drive into the ocean.

Officials said the children could be turned over to a relative in Orlando.


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