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North Dakota pipeline protesters vow to stay despite victory

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday's government deadline to leave. Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires,...  VIEW

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Researchers grow protective biological soil crusts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a greenhouse at Northern Arizona University, a professor is researching an oft-overlooked ecological field that could play an important role in erosion prevention and plant growth. The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2h2y7nT) soil ecologist Matthew Bowker is growing mosses, lichens and cyanobacteria that make up protective biological soil crusts found...

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