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Wastewater Well in Ohio Triggered Quakes in Ohio; Is Fracking To Blame?

Did fracking cause the 4.o magnitude earthquake that rocked Northeastern Ohio on Saturday? Experts are begining to think so:

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling almost certainly caused a series of 11 minor quakes in the Youngstown area since last spring, a seismologist investigating the quakes said Monday.
Research is continuing on the now-shuttered injection well at Youngstown and seismic activity, but it might take a year for the wastewater-related rumblings in the earth to dissipate, said John Armbruster of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.
Brine wastewater dumped in wells comes from drilling operations, including the so-called fracking process to extract gas from underground shale that has been a source of concern among environmental groups and some property owners. Injection wells have also been suspected in quakes in Ashtabula in far northeast Ohio, and in Arkansas, Colorado, and Oklahoma, Armbruster said.
Thousands of gallons of brine were injected daily into the Youngstown well that opened in 2010 until its owner, Northstar Disposal Services LLC, agreed Friday to stop injecting the waste into the earth as a precaution while authorities assessed any potential links to the quakes.
After the latest and largest quake Saturday at 4.0 magnitude, state officials announced their beliefs that injecting wastewater near a fault line had created enough pressure to cause seismic activity. They said four inactive wells within a five-mile radius of the Youngstown well would remain closed. But they also stressed that injection wells are different from drilling wells that employ fracking….
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The evidence seems to be piling up on the harmful and potential cataclysmic effects that fracking can have on the environment, is there any good reason now to oppose a moratorium on this process of energy recovery until the consequences of this process is fully known?
Learn what you can do by stop fracking by going to the website for Food & Water Watch, get educated and sign their petition to congress.
There is also a move afoot to ban fracking in NJ, by overwhelming bipartisan support our State Legislature passed a ban on fracking last year, only to have Gov. Christie veto the bill.
Food and Water Watch is urging Senate President Stephen Sweeney to hold a vote to override the Governor’s veto and are asking residents to call his office and ask that he do so by calling 856-251-9081.
Residents can also sign-on to a letter asking Senator Sweeney to hold a vote to override
Governor Christie’s veto of NJ’s fracking ban by contacting Rachel Dawn, NJ’s organizer for Food and Water Watch at before tomorrow, January 5th

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Associated Press: Today in History for December 7th

On this date in 1941, Japanese forces attack the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii – prompting America under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter World War II. (Dec. 7)

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AP Raw Video: Christmas Comes to the White House

Published on Nov 30, 2011 by AssociatedPress

The White House gets decked out for Christmas, with a shiny decor reflecting the theme ‘Shine, Give, Share.’ Visitors are asked to give thanks to members of the military in forms like written notes

You can watch Michelle Obama’s address to military families prior to the opening of the White House holiday decorations preview event … Here

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Associated Press NFL Week 3 Preview

From: AssociatedPress

AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner previews three top games this week in the NFL, including a meeting of undefeated teams as Buffalo takes on New England. Redskins visit the Cowboys and the Panthers tangle with the Jaguars.

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>Middletown residents describe death of bin Laden as ‘awesome’

>I would have liked to have seen this for myself this morning.

By The Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN — A home improvement contractor read Bible verses aloud this morning at the train station in Middletown, where 37 residents lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.

The news that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces sparked elation in this community, which suffered the second-worst loss of life in New Jersey during the 2001 attacks by al-Qaida terrorists.

Several commuters used the word “awesome” to describe their reaction to the news of bin Laden’s death.

But their enthusiasm was tempered with sadness over the lives of Middletown residents lost in the attacks.

Contractor Mike Lonergan read biblical passages to commuters waiting for trains, proclaiming “the wages of sin is death.”

Nearly one-quarter of those killed in the 9/11 attacks were New Jersey residents.

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>Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, 96, dies

>I mean really, I thought he was already dead. It just goes to show ya, that when it is your time to go, it’s your time to go. It doesn’t matter in the how well you take care of yourself, because even the most fittest of us will succumb in the end.

From the Associated Press –

MORRO BAY, Calif. (AP) — Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.

LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California’s central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.

Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.

“I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for,” Elaine LaLanne, Lalanne’s wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement.

LaLanne (pronounced lah-LAYN’) credited a sudden interest in fitness with transforming his life as a teen, and he worked tirelessly over the next eight decades to transform others’ lives, too.

“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it,” LaLanne said. “Inactivity is the killer and, remember, it’s never too late.”
His workout show was a television staple from the 1950s to the ’70s. LaLanne and his dog Happy encouraged kids to wake their mothers and drag them in front of the television set. He developed exercises that used no special equipment, just a chair and a towel.

He also founded a chain of fitness studios that bore his name and in recent years touted the value of raw fruit and vegetables as he helped market a machine called Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dan and Jon, and a daughter, Yvonne.

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Good News For Obama and Dems: January unemployment rate drops to 9.7%

There is some good news today for President Obama and the Democrats, contrary to what some had been predicting the unemployment rate did not rise as expected. The unemployment rate dropped in January from 10% to 9.7% thanks in part job growth coming from manufacturing and retail industries.

541,000 Americans left the ranks of the unemployed and found job last month. you can read about it below:

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly in January to 9.7 percent from 10 percent while employers shed 20,000 jobs, the government said Friday.

The rate dropped because a survey of households found the number of employed Americans rose by 541,000, the Labor Department said. The job losses are calculated from a separate survey of employers.

The report also included an annual revision to the estimates of total payrolls, which showed there were 930,000 fewer jobs last March than previously estimated. The department also revised down its estimates for April through October of last year, adding another 433,000 job losses.

The November figure was revised higher, however, to show a gain of 64,000 jobs.

All told, the Great Recession has eliminated 8.4 million jobs, the department said. That’s the most of any recession since World War II as a proportion of total payrolls.

Aside from November’s gain, January’s job losses were the smallest since the recession began. Employers cut 779,000 jobs in January 2009.

The report included more good news from the manufacturing sector, which is a key factor in the recovery. Manufacturers gained 11,000 jobs, its largest increase since April 2006.

Retailers added 42,100 jobs, the most since November 2007, before the recession began. Temporary help services gained 52,000 jobs, the fourth month of gains in that category. That could signal future hiring, as employers usually hire temp workers before permanent ones.

The number of part-time workers who want full-time work, but can’t find it fell by almost 1 million. That lowered the “underemployment” rate, which also includes discouraged workers, to 16.5 percent from 17.3 percent.

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Punxsutawney Phil & Milltown Mel Both Predict 6 More Weeks Of Winter

It seems as though the groundhogs have spoken, both the famous Punxsutawney Phil and his less than so brother from Milltown NJ, Milltown Mel, have seen their shadows this morning and are calling for 6 more weeks of winter!

I was really hoping for this winter to end soon, I’ve had enough already and can’t wait for the warmer weather, but if there is any light at the end of this long winter tunnel, it’s the fact that Punxsutawny Phil’s predictions has been correct only 40% of the time.

Watch the videos below and see how they did this morning:

Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow

Milltown Mel declares Six more weeks of winter

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Giuliani Not Running for NY Senate or Governor

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he isn’t running for political office next year so that he can concentrate on his lucrative law and consulting businesses.

Giuliani says his businesses have ”significant commitments” for next year that would make it impossible to run for either governor or the U.S. Senate.

Giuliani spoke at a news conference in Manhattan to endorse former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio in the governor’s race. He told WABC-TV earlier Tuesday that he would not go into politics this year.

His most recent foray into politics ended with a stinging loss to John McCain in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is >>> HERE.

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AP: NJ biz travel rules would be looser under Christie

ANGELA DELLI SANTI,The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. – The Republican candidate for New Jersey governor, who regularly overspent the government rate when traveling as the state’s top prosecutor, said if he’s elected that his top advisers would be allowed to travel with fewer travel restrictions than under the current administration , at taxpayers’ expense.

Chris Christie, the former U.S. attorney who has campaigned on a platform of ethical integrity and cutting government waste, said members of his Cabinet could bill taxpayers for overnight stays in expensive hotels if cheaper accommodations aren’t available.

State employees are currently required to stay within the government rate and are barred from most overnight trips, according to a review of the Corzine administration’s travel policy guidelines.

A review of Christie’s travel history through documents provided in a public records request showed he regularly exceeded the government lodging allowance while traveling as U.S. attorney, frequently staying at luxury hotels in New Jersey, across the United States and abroad. He said the trips were always justified and he always sought out the government rate before booking more expensive accommodations. He does not appear to have curtailed his travel due to the economic recession. “I would want my Cabinet to follow the same rules I followed as U.S. attorney,” Christie said Thursday at a diner stop in the blue-collar community of West Deptford. “If they were traveling and they could find the government rate, they should use the government rate. If they couldn’t, they shouldn’t sleep on a park bench. They should find the best rate they could.”

Christie said he logged more than 160,000 miles while serving as U.S. attorney for seven years during President George W. Bush’s two terms. During that time, he stayed in some of the country’s most luxurious and trendiest hotels, including the Mandarin in Washington, the NineZero in Boston and the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. Sometimes the tab fell within the government allowance.

However, his hotel bills occasionally exceeded $400 per night and the tab was higher than the government ceiling on 14 of 16 business trips Christie took in 2008. Five nights in London were $401 a night per room for him and his top deputy, Michele Brown.

Gov. Jon Corzine issued a memo early in his first term saying he would continue to enforce business travel restrictions for state employees that his predecessor, Gov. Richard Codey, had instituted. Those guidelines require anybody making travel arrangements for state employees to search a Web site specializing in government-rate rooms. All travel must be preapproved at least two weeks in advance to allow greater possibility for savings.

Reimbursement costs for official travel must not exceed the federal per diem rates, according to the guidelines.

Corzine said his opponent’s travel records are evidence that Christie has a different set of rules for himself than everyone else, a line the Corzine campaign has consistently used.

Christie has come under scrutiny for railing against Democrats’ excessive spending while billing taxpayers for high-end business travel. The candidate disavowed any hypocrisy, saying his travel was necessary and exceeding the rate permissible.

“It wasn’t waste,” he said. “I had to go someplace for part of my job. We tried to get the government rate. We couldn’t. So my only alternative would have been to not go.”

Christie or Brown often signed a required waiver approving additional expenses; his reimbursement vouchers were certified by a third party.

Christie said his secretary was instructed to look first for accommodations within the government rate when she booked his travel. He said he sometimes needed to stay at a specific hotel because he was giving a speech there early the next morning.

His stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando in January 2008 cost taxpayers $287 plus taxes and fees, more than twice the government’s allowance of $121. The Orlando area has about 450 hotels.

Christie also billed taxpayers for in-state overnight stays , in Atlantic City and Cape May, for example. Such trips are barred by Corzine’s administration.

Corzine, who became a multimillionaire on Wall Street and is the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs, pays all his own travel expenses.

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