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Unregulated chemicals may be stunting ozone recovery, new study suggests

Unregulated chemicals stunt ozone recoveryAccording to new research in England, several unregulated chemicals may be delaying the recovery of the ozone.

The depletion of the ozone in the 1970s and 80s was caused by the proliferation of chlorofluorocarbons, chlorine derivatives used in aerosol cans, refrigerators and many other products and appliances. After the 1987 passage of the Montreal Protocol, the first treaty unanimously ratified by all members of the United Nations, CFCs were almost entirely phased out.

A number of recent studies have detailed the slow but steady recovery of the ozone layer over the last three decades, but the latest study suggests there is room for improvement.

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South Africa approves export of 800 lion skeletons this year

S Africa allows lion skeleton exposrtsSome 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions can be legally exported from South Africa this year, the government said Wednesday, meeting demand for the bones in parts of Asia while alarming critics who believe the policy threatens Africa's wild lions.

The lion bone industry, which supplies a traditional medicine market, has become a key part of the debate over how to protect the continent's wild lions, which are under pressure from human encroachment and poaching.

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Trump lawyer Sekulow directed millions to family with nonprofits: report

Sekulow family got millions from non profitsMore than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following its worst financial crisis in decades.

But Jay Sekulow, who is now an attorney to Donald Trump, had a private jet to finance. His law firm was expecting a $3m payday. And six-figure contracts for members of his family needed to be taken care of.

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Fake Trump ‘Time’ Magazine Covers Hang in His Golf Clubs

Fake Trump Time cover“I can confirm that this is not a real TIME cover,” Kerri Chyka, a spokeswoman for Time Inc., wrote in an email to the Post.

There was, in fact, no Time cover on the date stated on the front of that fake cover, March 1, 2009.

One of the clubs where the fake cover resides is the Trump National in Virginia. Since becoming president, Trump has visited the club on multiple occasions, including this past weekend. As The Washington Post reported, a photo of Trump dining with former NFL star Peyton Manning and Republican Senator Bob Corker earlier this month showed the president actually sitting facing the Time cover.

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Overnight Energy: Trump moves to repeal Obama water rule

Trump to change Obama water protection actThe Trump administration took formal action Tuesday toward repealing the Obama administration’s controversial regulation that extended the reach of the federal government over small waterways.

Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, federal officials would go back to enforcing a guidance document from 2008 when deciding whether a waterway is subject to federal oversight for pollution control purposes.

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3 Chicago cops charged with conspiracy, obstruction in Laquan McDonald shooting

3 Chicago cops charged in McDonald killingThree current or former Chicago Police officers have been indicted on state charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct related to the investigation of the fatal police-involved shooting death of Laquan McDonald, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

A Cook County Special Grand Jury filed the charges against Detective David March and patrol officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney for actions they took in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old McDonald, whose 2014 controversial death led to first-degree murder charges against officer Jason Van Dyke.

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Supreme Court takes case on what qualifies as obstruction

SC takes on obstruction definition caseThe Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to take up a case about what kind of conduct can justify a criminal charge of obstruction of the Internal Revenue Service.

Buffalo, New York courier service owner Carl Marinello, who was convicted on eight counts of failing to file tax returns, is challenging his conviction on a ninth, more serious count of obstructing administration of the tax code.

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The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal

Flynn's man of mysteryIt was an unremarkable Washington story, except for one thing: The last lobbyist one of the men hired was Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s campaign adviser at the time, who was later fired as national security adviser for lying about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.

Flynn’s client, a Turkish businessman named Ekim Alptekin, has gained attention as federal investigators examine Flynn’s apparent failures to disclose foreign contacts. But so far, the other man in the pro-Turkey efforts has largely avoided public notice, making him an intriguing figure in the mystery surrounding foreign influence in Washington.

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Dozens dead in 'US-led strike' in Syria's al-Mayadeen

Dozens dead in US led raid on Syrian prisonA suspected US-led coalition air raid on an ISIL-run prison in eastern Syria has killed at least 57 people, according to a monitoring group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that most of the fatalities in the town of al-Mayadeen in Deir Az Zor province were civilian inmates.

At least 15 ISIL fighters were also killed in the raid, the UK-based monitor, which tracks developments in Syria's long-running conflict via a network of contacts on the ground, said.

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