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EPA takes heat for toxic wastewater spill that turns Colorado river orange

EPA takes heat for toxic wastewater spill that turns Colorado river orange

DENVER – The Environmental Protection Agency is coming under fire in Colorado after accidentally dumping one million gallons of acidic waste into the Las Animas River, turning it bright orange and threatening the community’s water supply. “The irony of this million-gallon toxic spill is rich,” said Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid. “EPA just created its […]

Wal-Mart’s pay raise backfires: ‘It is pitting people against each other’

Wal-Mart’s pay raise backfires: ‘It is pitting people against each other’

Wal-Mart’s minimum-wage hike this year, intended to improve morale and retain employees, is having the opposite effect for many senior workers who didn’t get a raise, according to a new Bloomberg report. New Wal-Mart workers started making a minimum of $9 an hour in April and will get at least $10 an hour in February. […]

The US Is Refining So Much Oil It’s Ridiculous

The US Is Refining So Much Oil It’s Ridiculous

The U.S. oil and gas boom may be slowing down, but the refining industry is booming. American refineries are taking in more petroleum than at any point in the last 25 years — refineries took in more than 17 million barrels of crude oil per day over the last four weeks, turning it into fuels and petrochemicals. […]

CA tax board owes 27,000 overcharged taxpayers

CA tax board owes 27,000 overcharged taxpayers

Moorpark Ralphs gets a needed sprucing up

Moorpark Ralphs gets a needed sprucing up

By Debra Tash The Ralphs in Moorpark had seen better days.  It was the first supermarket in what was barely a suburb over 30 years ago.  The Peach Hill subdivision was being built out but there was nowhere to shop in the growing hamlet, except for a small ma and pa store.  Then Hughes supermarket […]

CA water cops crack down

CA water cops crack down

Ventura County Fair: Many Paths to Fun, Sun, and Some Serious Business

Ventura County Fair: Many Paths to Fun, Sun, and Some Serious Business

By Tim Pompey Opening day at the Ventura County Fair. Barely a half hour into the 11-day event and already the parking lot is full, traffic is jammed down Harbor Boulevard, and there are huge crowds swarming through the front entrance. Of course, one of the reasons there are so many people at this moment […]

IRS can’t verify illegal immigrant IDs, vulnerable to fraud: Audit

IRS can’t verify illegal immigrant IDs, vulnerable to fraud: Audit

The IRS cannot verify that illegal immigrants are who they say they are, the tax agency’s inspector general reported Thursday in a new study that says the government doesn’t have the tools to validate foreign governments’ identifying documents, and could be paying refunds without truly knowing who it’s sending them to. IRS agents also don’t […]

Brown declares fire emergency

Brown declares fire emergency

ICANN chief warns of potential ‘major problems’ as U.S. prepares to relinquish Web oversight

ICANN chief warns of potential ‘major problems’ as U.S. prepares to relinquish Web oversight

A year away from a historic transition affecting the digital landscape, cost the head of the organization that regulates Web addresses warns that much still needs to be done to keep the Internet intact, stomach regardless of whether the U.S. relinquishes its oversight as expected. “New mechanisms, new methods of governance, need to be created, […]