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Masses of plastic particles found in Great Lakes

Already ravaged by toxic algae, invasive mussels and industrial pollution, the Great Lakes now confront another potential threat that few had even imagined until recently: untold millions of plastic litter bits, some visible only through a microscope.Full story

U.S. boy buried in sand dune sinkhole in critical condition

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - A 6-year-old boy remained hospitalized in critical condition on Monday after he was buried for three hours in a sand dune at a popular Great Lakes beach area in Indiana. Full story

June 18: Nightly News Tuesday broadcast

  Surveillance prevented at least 10 U.S. terror attacks, NSA says; Obama to speak at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin; Taliban announces willingness to talk with US;  ‘Days of Rambo are over’: women to enter combat roles; More protests expected as Brazilians decry corruption; Tornado touches down near Denv

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World Bank pledges $1 billion to aid peace in Africa's Great Lakes

Great Lakes' Low Levels May Get Spring Boost

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  Business, tourism take a hit as Great Lakes evaporate

In December, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron hit record lows, followed by Lake Superior which is the largest freshwater lake in the world. They all remain below their historical averages. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

  ‘There are changes going on right now’

Hydrologist Andrew Gronewald explains the changing dynamics of the Great Lakes and what that can mean for surrounding ecosystems.

  US failure to maintain infrastructure betrays national legacy

Congressman Rick Larsen, who represents the district where the Skagit River Bridge collapsed and is member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the need for America to make a greater investment in its infrastructure.

  Floods raise concerns about Asian carp spread

Rachel Maddow reports on flooding in Chicago and across the Midwest causing disaster conditions and threatening to flush invasive, ecologically problematic Asian carp from local waterways into the Great Lakes.

  Sandy disruptive, destructive for many in the US

With blizzards in West Virginia, high waves on the Great Lakes and standed travelers nationwide, superstorm Sandy continues to affect the US.  NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

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