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Recovery underway for Minn. oil spill, but what lessons learned?

On March 28 in western Minnesota, a mile-long train hauling oil from Canada derailed, leading to a spill of about 15,000 gallons of crude.

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St. Lawrence Seaway opened June 26, 1959

Today in labor history: The 189-mile-long St. Lawrence Seaway opened

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Toronto bans plastic bags

Mayor Rob Ford asked council to do away with a bylaw that required stores to charge five cents for plastic bags. Instead, council opted to excise the bags altogether.

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Environmentalists claim victory in Tar Sands fight

Obama acknowledged that the opposition to the pipeline had played a role in his decision.

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Rock band may sell teaparty.com for $1 million

When Canadian rock band The Tea Party formed in 1990, they had no idea they would soon share their moniker with one of the most controversial right-wing groups in America.

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Hundreds arrested in pro-environment civil disobedience

The demonstration is the longest sustained civil disobedience action since the civil rights movement and the largest since 1977.

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The Keystone Pipeline: can labor and environmentalists work together?

Building Trades unions are backing - and transit unions opposing - the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, from the tar sands of the Canadian province of Alberta to the oil refineries of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

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Americans with Disabilities Act hits 20 year mark

ADA, credited with transforming tens of millions of people's lives, hits 20 year mark this week.