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The US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to EPA mercury emissions rule

For years, the coal industry has enjoyed tax benefits and exemptions from strict environmental regulations. But those days might be over: President Barack Obama is using EPA authority under the Clean Air Act to try to curb coal power plant emissions, including CO2 and mercury. But coal interests are fighting back in the courts.

Global Scan

Prince William's US trip seems more political than regal

When British royalty comes to the US, Americans go a little nuts. But this trip by Prince William has the Brits scratching their heads. Meanwhile, at least one British parliamentarian is looking to the US for ideas on how to deal with anti-abortion protesters. And the Chinese government is hunting for a corrupt Chinese official who was obsessed with gold.

Conflict & Justice

At a refugee hospital in Jordan, kids deal with war, resilience and friendship

In a town in Syria, two young boys were exploring outside when they found an electronic device. That device turned out to be an explosive, and they were badly wounded. Fortunately, they were quickly brought to a hospital in neighboring Jordan. But despite their dire circumstances, the two managed to persevere — while their friendship grew stronger than ever.

Global Scan

When NASA's newest spaceship takes off Thursday, it'll be back to the future

Ever since NASA mothballed the Space Shuttle, it hasn't flown a spaceship. That will change on Thursday morning, when it test-launches the Orion space capsule, which is designed for possible Mars travel . Meanwhile, South Korea intends to rankle North Korea with another large Christmas tree in the DMZ. And a new ranking of government corruption gives the US middling marks.

Lifestyle & Belief

Russia's Steve Jobs memorial looks set to leave the country

When Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, publicly revealed that he was gay, it was met largely with support and, frankly, little surprise. Cook hadn't been in the closet, he just hadn't talked about it publicly. But one place where the announcement was panned was Russia, and in response a Russian university took down a memorial that been erected to Apple's founding CEO, Steve Jobs.

Global Scan

Take a trip through London at night — with the lights off

Nights during a blackout in a big city offer a scary vision to some. But this new video shows how London's architecture would be set off by the night sky, if city lights weren't obscuring the view. Meanwhile, across the Channel, France has decided to pay foreign victims sent to Nazi camps in French trains. And China asks for US help to crack down on corrupt fugitives, in this weekend's Global Scan.

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