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There are about 2 million abandoned oil and gas wells nationwide that haven't been properly plugged with cement. Many of the wells are releasing methane, which is a greenhouse gas containing about 86 times the climate-warming power of carbon dioxide over two decades. Some are leaking chemicals such as benzene, which is a known carcinogen, into fields and groundwater. Regulators don’t know where hundreds of thousands of the abandoned wells are. That's because many were drilled before modern regulations and record-keeping systems were established. In recent years, abandoned wells have been found under brush deep in forests and beneath driveways in suburbia. 

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Wages and salaries rose at a healthy pace in the three months ended in June as employers competed to find enough workers to fill millions of available jobs. Pay increased 1% in the second quarter for workers employed by businesses, excluding government employees, the Labor Department said Friday. That’s down slightly from 1.1% in the first three months of the year but otherwise the second-highest reading in more than a decade. 

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FILE - In this May 16, 2020 file photo, a Deliveroo food delivery rider waits for orders outside a restaurant in Madrid, Spain. Food delivery platform Deliveroo says it intends to shutter operations in Spain pending a legal consultation process. The announcement on Friday July 30, 2021 comes as the mid-August deadline looms for delivery platforms to hire workers currently freelancing for them, as required by a new Spanish law. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)