President Donald Trump is preparing to issue executive orders that would allow the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines to move forward. This would have an immediate impact in North Dakota, where the last section of the Dakota Access pipeline is set to be laid down. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American groups has been protesting the pipeline, which they say would put their water supply in danger of contamination and disturb sacred burial and archaeological sites.
A chemical leak from an asphalt plant has contaminated the water supply in Corpus Christi, Texas. The city has warned residents not to drink or bathe in tap water. Even boiling the water will not make it safe. Residents are forced to purchase bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing. The chemical that has leaked into the water supply is called Indulin. It is corrosive and can burn a person's skin if in concentrated amounts. It can also cause damage to internal organs if ingested. The chemical is classified as hazardous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. City officials eased some restrictions on tap water use Friday while workers flushed water pipes to clear away any traces of the chemical.
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Amnesty International backs legal prostitution, celebrities do not
1. It's all fun and games until Meryl Streep signs a petition against your latest policy. That's the lesson Amnesty International is learning the hard way after voting to support the decriminalization of prostitution. The human rights organization believes that by doing so, sex workers can conduct their business in safer environments free from violence, human trafficking and legal prosecution.
2. A who's who of Hollywood, and beyond, has taken major issue with Amnesty International's stance, insisting that by decriminalizing prostiution, pimps would become legitimate businessmen - a scenario that could make sex workers' jobs even more dangerous. Lena Dunham, Gloria Steinem and Anne Hathaway are just a few of the names to sound off against the vote.
3. Oscar winners or Amnesty International? Which side do you fall on?
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