The United States Supreme Court has declined to consider a case that would have changed the fees coal companies pay for their exported coal. Right now, coal companies pay what’s called an “Abandoned Mine Land” fee on each ton of coal. A decade ago, Consol Energy and other companies, including subsidiaries of Massey Energy and Arch Coal, filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming that they shouldn’t have to pay the fee for coal that’s being exported from the United States.
It was a given that the seven presidential candidates in Monday night's Republican debate would bandy about plenty of "Obama is doing it wrong" arguments. Whether the issue was stabilizing the economy, the auto-industry bailout, health care reform, being tough enough on terrorists or deporting enough undocumented immigrants, everyone thoroughly condemned the president for his performance over the past two-and-a-half years.
Often in the reporting about science, the adventure, the risk and the physical difficulty of the research gets shunted aside and ignored. Science tends to be seen as the work of people who don't willingly expose themselves to physical hardship and danger.
Exceptions to this perception, including astronauts and heroic researchers such as Jonas Salk (who famously took an early dose of the polio vaccine, along with his wife and children, to hopefully demonstrate its safety), are few and far between.
A nearly 800-year-old relic was stolen from St. Anthony's Church in Long Beach, Calif. The church brought out its relic, kept in a case with angel-shaped handles, to celebrate the Saint's Feast Day. The congregation is hopeful the item will be returned.
A Ferrari worth $750,000 was stolen years ago but was later recovered. That's how an FBI agent ended up at the wheel with a prosecutor as a passenger when it crashed. The prosecutor says they were just on a little drive before the car went to the impound lot.