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Business & Technology

The feds fine Transocean $1.4 billion for Deepwater spill

If you've ever wondered how much it costs to have a subsidiary role in leaking millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, now you have your answer.

Cities

Did removing lead from gasoline cause crime rates to plummet?

Mother Jones makes a strong case that it did -- but we should remove lead from the environment regardless.

Cities

NYC public housing claims it’s going green, but stymies residents’ green efforts

More than half of public housing projects in New York City don't have recycling bins, and that's just one failing in the city's green campaign.

Business & Technology

Shell’s Alaska mishap has a big PR cost — and a big cost to taxpayers

The effort to recover Shell's grounded drilling rig off the coast of Alaska is being run by the oil company, but it's getting help from the Coast Guard.

Climate & Energy

Leaked, useless report suggests fracking is fine for New Yorkers

The state is currently conducting a new, more thorough health review as it considers allowing fracking.

Climate & Energy

Cash for Clunkers program drove right into a brick wall of waste

The program took 690,000 old cars off the roads -- and sent them to landfills instead of to auto-parts recyclers.

Cities

Fiscal-cliff deal ups tax benefit for transit riders

Congress almost drove the crazy train off the fiscal cliff, but turned away just in time, yielding tax benefits for mass-transit riders.

Business & Technology

Record-high average gas prices in 2012 are almost certainly great news for oil companies

Gas prices in the U.S. haven't gone down even though domestic drilling has gone up. Can Republicans explain that?

Politics

A new savior for California state parks?

An ex-Marine general is taking charge of the troubled state park system, and he ain't taking any guff.

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