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Daily-Fantasy-Sports Operator Says Federal Regulation is Necessary

October 30, 2015 Amid a glar­ing spot­light of at­ten­tion from fed­er­al and state of­fi­cials, the CEO of one of the na­tion’s largest daily-fantasy sites said Thursday that gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion of the in­dustry would be wel­come. In a let­ter to cus­tom­ers, Fan­Duel CEO Nigel Ec­cles said that the in­dustry was now large enough that...

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Former Obama Official is Tasked With Trying To Save Fantasy Sports

October 29, 2015 Amid a crack­down from state reg­u­lat­ors and un­der the mi­cro­scope in Wash­ing­ton, the fantasy-sports in­dustry is adding a high-pro­file law­yer to its roster to try to show it can be trus­ted to po­lice it­self. The trade group rep­res­ent­ing fantasy sports an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it will cre­ate an in­de­pend­ent self-reg­u­lat­ing agency....

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Congress Nears Deal on Its Other Crisis: Highway Funding

October 27, 2015 While party lead­ers huddle with the White House to try to deal with the na­tion’s press­ing fisc­al prob­lems, Con­gress is inch­ing closer to break­ing an­oth­er crisis: the loom­ing high­way-spend­ing cliff. Fed­er­al trans­port­a­tion spend­ing is set to ex­pire at the end of the week, but the House could vote as early...

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Interior Department Report Faults EPA In Colorado Mine Spill

October 23, 2015 A fed­er­al probe has found that the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency could have done more to pre­vent a spill of waste from an aban­doned mine that pol­luted two Col­or­ado rivers in Au­gust. The In­teri­or De­part­ment on Thursday re­leased a re­port on the in­cid­ent, in which an EPA team triggered a blo­wout...

Will Legalized Sports Betting Come From the Daily Fantasy Crackdown?

October 19, 2015 Daily fantasy is hav­ing an odd fall. On one hand, sites like DraftK­ings and Fan­Duel are en­joy­ing a busi­ness boom, and they’re flood­ing the air­waves with ads about how to get rich (quick) by do­ing something mil­lions of Amer­ic­ans love to do any­way: play fantasy sports. But the in­dustry’s sud­den...

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Upcoming Ozone Rules Don't Have Many Fans

September 29, 2015 En­vir­on­ment­al­ists have been burned by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore on smog reg­u­la­tions. Now they’re wor­ried that it’s about to hap­pen again. The En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency is un­der a court or­der to fi­nal­ize a rule tight­en­ing stand­ards for ground-level ozone by Oct. 1. That’s the same air-qual­ity rule that was pulled...

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Amid Shutdown Battle, A Conservation Fund Seeks A Lifeline

September 24, 2015 As the cal­en­dar flips closer to Sept. 30, the talk on Cap­it­ol Hill is dom­in­ated by Planned Par­ent­hood and the loom­ing gov­ern­ment shut­down. But some fear that lost in the shuffle is an­oth­er, much smal­ler dead­line that could go un­ad­dressed. The Land and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion Fund is a pop­u­lar, 50-year-old...

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Republican Congressman Wants to Impeach Gina McCarthy

September 9, 2015 In an es­cal­a­tion of the right’s anti-EPA fer­vor, Rep. Paul Gos­ar is pre­par­ing to file le­gis­la­tion to open up im­peach­ment pro­ceed­ings against En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency Ad­min­is­trat­or Gina Mc­Carthy. Gos­ar is cir­cu­lat­ing a let­ter to col­leagues and plans to in­tro­duce a res­ol­u­tion this week call­ing for Mc­Carthy’s im­peach­ment, char­ging that she...

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The White House Wants a Good Map of the Arctic

September 4, 2015 Armed with a selfie stick, Pres­id­ent Obama went to Alaska this week in part to bring new visu­al angles to his ap­peal to save the Arc­tic from cli­mate change. And now he’s adding a high-tech map to that ef­fort. As part of a slew of cli­mate-change ini­ti­at­ives un­veiled dur­ing the...

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In Alaska, Obama Issues Climate Warning

September 1, 2015 The road to Par­is leads through the Arc­tic. That was the mes­sage from Pres­id­ent Obama, who said Monday at a speech in Alaska that the Arc­tic re­gion was “a lead­ing in­dic­at­or of what our plan­et is fa­cing” on cli­mate change. The melt­ing gla­ciers and rising sea levels, he said, should...