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Obama drinks water in Flint, hits Republicans

Flint - A combative President Barack Obama visited crisis-hit Flint, Michigan, Wednesday where he conspicuously sipped filtered water to prove it was potable and attacked "corrosive" Republican attitudes toward "big government.

Ireland edges closer to forming new government with deal on water charges

Dublin - A deal between two rival parties to suspend controversial water charges nudged Ireland closer to the formation of a minority government on Wednesday after more than two months of tortuous negotiations.

Chatting with country singer Travis Rice: 'Women, Water and Beer' Special

Country singer Travis Rice chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Women, Water and Beer," and dream female duet choices in country.

Drought parches El Salvador

San Salvador - Citing lack of rain, the Salvadoran government has declared a drought emergency as rivers and lakes have dropped to record levels and many are going days without running water.

Criminal charges filed in Flint tainted water scandal

Washington - Michigan filed the first criminal charges Wednesday in the scandal over lead contamination of Flint's water supply, accusing a city official and two state regulators of falsifying tests and tampering with evidence.

Gripped by drought, Ethiopia drills for water

- With Ethiopia in the grip of its worst drought in decades, the government has appealed for aid to help 10 million people living in Africa's second most-populous nation.

Storms leave three million without water in Chile capital

Santiago - Three million people in the Chilean capital were without drinking water on Saturday after heavy rain caused landslides that fouled the rivers supplying the city, officials said.

Kayakers protest Balkans 'dam tsunami' in lake paddle

Ljubljana - More than 60 kayakers took to Slovenia's Lake Bohinj Saturday to kick off a 35-day environmental protest over plans to build dams on rivers in six Balkan countries.

Looking for clean water a never-ending task for many Haitians

Port-au-prince - Under the blazing sun in Haiti, Malinka Dorleus trudges up a hill with a 20-liter bucket of water on her head -- a trip she makes up to four times a day.

Bolivia to take Chile to court over water dispute

La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said his country has decided to file suit against Chile at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over a water dispute.

In Florida, calls to keep 'saving the manatees'

Crystal River - When Brandy Pounds swam in central Florida's Crystal River earlier this month, she came so close to an endangered manatee that she could feel the sea cow's breath tickling her toes.

Lead-free food a daily challenge in Flint

Flint - The United States is known for trends like fat-free and gluten-free diets, but residents in Flint, Michigan are struggling with a much more serious concern: how to keep food lead-free.

Syria's Aleppo gets taste of peace but thirsts for water

Aleppo - A landmark ceasefire has lifted the burden of daily rocket attacks and bomb blasts in Syria's second city Aleppo -- but not its residents' profound thirst.

Delhi warns water crisis could run for another 15 days

New Delhi - A water crisis in India's capital will take up to two weeks to fix, authorities warned Tuesday, as taps ran dry, days after protesters sabotaged a crucial waterway to press a demand for better treatment for their caste.

Benin: Turning the scourge of fishermen into a resource

- A dug-out canoe speeds along the water then slows down suddenly before stopping altogether. Blocking its path are water hyacinths as far as the eye can see.

Water crisis increases Zika threat in Venezuela

Caracas - Yurman Torres is standing in line at the foot of Avila mountain, on the edge of Caracas, to fill a large jug with water, a rare commodity in crisis-hit Venezuela.

Venus flytrap 'counts' prey's steps to begin digesting it as food

German scientists have recently found out that Venus flytraps do something that's pretty remarkable — the plants actually "count" the number of times a struggling insect taps trigger hairs inside the plant's maw.

Former U.S. auto hub reeling from tainted water scandal

Washington - For months, people in Flint, Michigan -- a dying industrial town in the American heartland -- consumed water contaminated with lead. And the country ignored it.

Coke/Pepsi fund study claiming diet soda is better than water

Bristol - In 2014, producers of soft drinks funded a study that concluded diet soda was better for losing weight than water. The companies are at again, as they have funded another study.

Fracking in Alberta: Daily quakes and thirsty residents

Montr - One earthquake is recorded on average each day in a western Canadian region where companies extract oil by fracking, according to statistics published by the Canadian province's energy regulatory agency.

Michigan governor wants to talk with Flint residents about water

Flint - Officials in Flint, Mich., have promised to speak with every resident of the 99,000-population city to ensure they have clean water to drink and have not been exposed to lead contamination from the Flint River.

Bolivia, Peru sign $500 mn deal for Lake Titicaca clean-up

La Paz - Bolivia and Peru agreed to provide more than $500 million towards cleaning up Lake Titicaca, whose polluted waters are home to some animals nearing extinction, a Bolivian environment official said.

Monk goes nine days without food, water or sleep

On Wednesday, a Japanese monk finished a nine-day ritual of not drinking, eating or sleeping as he chanted sutras 100,000 times.

Heater-cooler devices could be a risk to some patients

Washington - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a safety note relating to the risk of bacterial infections to some patients placed close to operating heater-cooler devices.

Oil from freighter collision off Belgian coast threatens nature reserve

Den Haag - Belgium and the Netherlands are frantically trying to stop the spread of oil leaking from a collision Tuesday morning between a freighter and a tanker in the North Sea before the slick sullies a coastal nature reserve.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Speculation grows about NASA's big Mars announcement today

Washington - Wild speculation continues online over what NASA plans to announce today concerning what has been discovered about Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.

Liquid water found on Mars: NASA

Washington - Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars which makes it far more likely that life could be found there, the US space agency NASA said Monday.

East Ukraine faces winter water shortage threat

Kiev - European monitors warned Friday that war-scarred eastern Ukraine faced a severe water shortage this winter because shelling had destroyed much of the industrial region's distribution pipelines.

Sony backtracks on Xperia waterproofing, 'do not use underwater'

Sony has quietly made a rather major change to one of its support pages for its Xperia smartphones. It now warns users that handsets should not be used underwater, a serious contradiction to several of its own press images and advertising campaigns.
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Reverse osmosis water filtration unit to produce public drinking water.
Reverse osmosis water filtration unit to produce public drinking water.
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The Kananaskis River, one of the smaller rivers we had to get across.
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Bird on the bow of a sailboat during sunset in Belmar, NJ
The water crisis in Flint  Michigan -- where lead has leaked into the water supply -- has Gov. Rick ...
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan -- where lead has leaked into the water supply -- has Gov. Rick Snyder asking President Obama to declare the city and surrounding county a federal disaster area.
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A photograph of a loon seen on Lake of Bays, Muskoka, Ontario in 2010.
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Flood water over bridge in Warwick Queensland.
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Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Lake Tahoe, Eldorado National Forest, California. Snow accumulation is far below normal in 2014, leading to concerns about drinking water supplies.
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Gaza Strip water and sewage.
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DROUGHT: California s partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this pho...
DROUGHT: California's partially drained Mono Lake has even less water than usual as seen in this photo from August 2014.
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Snowpack in the Lesser Caucasus mountains of northeastern Turkey, elevation about 2,700 feet, late April 2012. The lowlands below depend heavily on seasonal snowmelt, projected to decline in this region and others in coming decades, due to global warming.
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Streams, creeks and rivers abound between Burgess Falls and Center Hill Lake.
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post Tomatina hose down
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Bruce Irons surfing with flares attached to his board
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Water, essential to life, can be had by a turn of the spigot.
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On December 30  2012  people of the grassroots movement Idle No More met for a peaceful protest outs...
On December 30, 2012, people of the grassroots movement Idle No More met for a peaceful protest outside of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s constituency office urging him to meet with First Nations leaders to discuss urgent issues.
Debates on whether water is a right or privilege have started throughout the business world.
Debates on whether water is a right or privilege have started throughout the business world.
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Streams  creeks and rivers abound between Burgess Falls and Center Hill Lake.
Streams, creeks and rivers abound between Burgess Falls and Center Hill Lake.