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Conflicts over water are as old as history itself, but the massive Google data centers on the edge of a small Oregon town represent an emerging 21st century concern. Now a critical part of modern computing, data centers help people stream movies on Netflix, conduct transactions on PayPal, post updates on Facebook, store trillions of photos and more. But a single facility can also churn through millions of gallons of water each day to keep hot-running equipment cool. Now, Google wants to build at least two more data centers in The Dalles. But some residents are uneasy, worried there won’t be enough water for everyone. 

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A congressional ethics watchdog has concluded there is “substantial reason to believe” that the wife of Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly used nonpublic information gained through her husband’s position in Congress to purchase stock last year. That could violate federal law and House rules. A report issued Thursday by the Office of Congressional Ethics details the April 2020 purchase of stock in an Ohio steel maker. The company had threatened to shut down a plant in Kelly’s district unless the Trump administration granted it trade relief, which the administration did. Kelly's wife Victoria purchased stock before that information became public and later sold it for a profit. Kelly's office did not respond to a request for comment.  

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Some 2,000 Polish coal miners have staged a noisy protest in Luxembourg against a decision by the European Union's top court to shut down a major coal mine in Poland and to fine the country for flouting the ruling. Clad in yellow vests emblazoned with “Hands off Turow,”  the protesters on Friday converged on the European Union's Court of Justice, shouting that the rulings were unjustified and threaten Poland's energy security. The court in May ordered the Turow mine closed following complaints by the Czech Republic that the mine allegedly negatively impacted nearby Czech villages. Poland's government argues that Turow helps meet a large part of the country's energy needs. Talks with the Czech government have brought no solution.