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The slowing economy won't keep the new administration from fulfilling it's plans for a middle-class tax cut in a stimulus package, David Axelrod, a top adviser to President-elect Obama, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The Navy reached a settlement with environmentalists Saturday that requires it to spend $14.75 million over three years to study how sonar affects whales and other marine mammals. The agreement ends more than three years of extensive litigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups, which argue that sonar used in submarine-hunting exercises harm and sometimes kills whales and dolphins.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy called Saturday for federal and state authorities to issue stronger warnings about the potential health risks from a coal-ash spill in Harriman, Tenn., last week. The spill covered 300 acres in sludge after a retention pond broke at a coal-burning Tennessee Valley Authority plant.


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