Eco-News Roundup: Friday January 28

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Extra Lives: Should real life be more like video games

Survey Says: Another poll showing less than half Americans want to repeal health care.

Hold On: Self-control is linked to success, but is it innate?

Repeal, Repeat: If GOP repeals health care, what will replace it? 

Elementary: If the chemical for lethal injection becomes unavailable, death penalty may change.

Drill, Baby: Palin still loves oil as much as ever.

Death Star: Death Panels are back in the media as Republicans dismantle health care.

No EPA: Newt Gingrich is stumping, and calling for abolishment of the EPA.

Two Party: A bipartisan solution to health care is a difficult but ongoing conversation.

Up In Smoke: US DOJ won’t raid marijuana dispensaries, but IRS is auditing them.

Most Wanted: Gay protester of Uganda ad calling for killing of gays has been killed.

Shaken: Deaths from earthquakes come more from unsafe buildings than other causes.

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