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Exide Technologies Plant

Exide Technologies in Vernon has a long history of run-ins with environmental regulators. In April, the company suspended operations by order of the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The agency was concerned about arsenic and lead leaking into the air, water and soil around Exide's plant. Now, data presented to a committee overseeing the Exide clean-up suggest a much larger area than originally thought was potentially affected by pollution from the plant, encompassing thousands of additional homes.

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Kevin McCarthy withdraws candidacy for House speaker

In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker. He had been heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues' endorsement.