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Cities

Best bed-bug poison may be Merck meds for humans

A Merck drug used to treat elephantiasis may be the best bed-bug killer out there.

Cities

A New Jersey plant is dumping millions of gallons of sewage into New York Harbor

Thanks to Sandy, the fifth-largest sewage-treatment plant in the country is dumping out 200 million gallons of partially treated sewage a day.

Business & Technology

Oil rig catches fire in the Gulf, two reported missing [UPDATED]

A fire started up this morning on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. It's now been put out, but not before at least two workers were killed. Stay tuned for updates.

Climate & Energy

If you’re 27 or younger, you’ve never experienced a colder-than-average month

Astonishing: If you were born in or after April 1985, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average.

Food

Hostess is going out of business, but Twinkies will live forever

The problem the company faced wasn't its food, it was its accounting.

Living

Occupy’s ‘Rolling Jubilee’ is a model for cooperative purchasing power

Could Occupy Wall Street's "People's Bailout" be scaled up to bail out the environment?

Politics

Americans less optimistic about Obama’s environmental impact

A new poll shows Americans are not as hopeful about Obama's ability to make positive environmental change as they were in 2008.

Food

Dole sued over dirty banana plantation

The world's largest producer of fresh fruits and veggies is accused of destroying wetlands and local farms in Guatemala.

Food

Walmart wants to be sustainable? It should start with its labor force

Walmart is expanding its "Sustainability Index" to make its products greener. But it should start with its labor force: Workers are planning a big "Black Friday" strike.

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