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Pa. law mandates information with Down syndrome diagnosis

A physicians' group opposes a law to give information on Down syndrome at the time of diagnosis because they say it interferes with the patient relationship.

Meet the Wisconsin Republicans who love solar

A Republican former congressman who once ran for governor of Wisconsin now runs a solar company.

After ‘Blackfish,’ SeaWorld hurt financially but keeps up political spending

SeaWorld’s cash hasn’t shielded it from congressional scrutiny. In June, the House passed a bipartisan amendment to an appropriations bill approving $1 million for a scientific study to examine the impact captivity has on marine animals.

Michigan landfill taking other states' radioactive fracking waste

Radioactive sludge from fracking operations in Pennsylvania is making its way to Michigan dumps.

Buying Main Street: Billionaires swamp local races

Instead of focusing on a gridlocked Congress as an agent for social change, some large, influential donors have begun to focus on state and local races. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, industrialists Charles and David Koch and environmentalist Tom Steyer have all contributed to local races. Steyer's NextGen Climate Action Committee has run ads in Pennsylvania opposing Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign.

Mass., N.H. crack down on ‘synthetic marijuana’

Synthetic marijuana has been blamed in recent overdoses that have sickened dozens of people. As authorities crack down, manufacturers change formulas to elude the law.  

Entrepreneurship the answer for some with autism

Autism, which affects communication and comprehension, can make it difficult to find and keep a job. Instead of settling for low-skill jobs, some autistic adults are starting their own businesses with the help of family and mentors.

Now arriving at Pittsburgh International: Fracking

The discovery of natural gas beneath the Pittsburgh International Airport could be a financial boon for the indebted airport. It could earn approximately $20 million in gas royalties once fracking begins in earnest.

Why is the Cuomo administration automatically deleting state employees’ emails?

Despite having 50 gigabytes of space for each employee and unlimited space for email archiving, New York is automatically deleting state employees' emails unless they're put in a special folder. The state created a 118-page document that specifies 215 categories of emails that should be kept. However, there is no internal or external watchdog to make sure these guidelines are being followed.

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