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9:15 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Study: Chemicals from fracking could impact hormones

In this file photo, workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near BUrlington, Pa.
Credit AP Photo/Ralph Wilson

Hydro-fracking is used in many natural gas wells around the country, where millions of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals are pumped under the ground  to break apart rock and release gas.

A study  published on Monday in the Journal of Endocrinology  found hormone disrupting activity in the water at drill sites where spills had occurred.

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Hydro-fracking in NY
7:28 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Cuomo doesn't expect decision on fracking until November election or later

In this file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Grol

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he may not decide whether the sate should go ahead with hydro-fracking for natural gas until after the November 2014 elections.

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Metro-North Safety
10:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Senators: Federal Railroad Administration underfunded

Passengers exit a Metro-North train at New York's Grand Central Terminal (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Charles Schumer of New York say the Federal Railroad Administration only has enough funding for 1% of the safety measures they say are needed to make trains safe.

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Newtown victims remembered
9:39 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Vigil honors those lost to violence this year

Candles are lit at Christ the Healer church in Stamford on Sunday
Credit Sara Karl

Loved ones lost to violence were honored at a candlelight vigil in Stamford on Sunday. The event featured a special memorial to Newtown, with music and rituals from different faiths.

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Human development banned in 24k acres
4:27 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

NY approves largest land preserve in generation

Hudson River Gorge Wilderness about 4-hours north of Long Island near Indian Lake
Credit AP Photo/Carl Heilman, II

A New York State panel voted Friday to create a vast new 24,000 acre wilderness area along a remote stretch of the upper Hudson River, about four hours north of Long Island.  The land had been owned by a logging company and environmentalists feared that remote stretches of the upper Hudson might be sold for resort or second-home development.  This decision by the Adirondack Park Agency commission sets aside a sprawling area of wild rivers, pristine lakes, and forests where most human development will be banned.   

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