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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 11, 2015.

EPA head 'absolutely deeply sorry' for toxic river spill

Just days after Environmental Protection Agency cleanup workers inadvertently released three million gallons of toxic sludge into a multi-state river system, agency chief Gina McCarthy issued an apology for the spill. On Monday, the governors of Colorado and New Mexico declare emergencies over the gold mine breach.

[Read more from Wall Street Journal]

State of emergency, arrests continue in Ferguson, Missouri

In the wake of a shooting and other violence during demonstrations honoring the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, a year ago, roughly 150 people have been arrested. The state of emergency declared by St. Louis County on Monday remains in effect.

[Read more from Reuters]

'Missile parts' from Ukraine jetliner crash under microscope

Officials in the Netherlands are now turning to recovered missile fragments as they investigate who perpetrated the suspected attack that took down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. All 298 people aboard the jet died when the plane went down in Eastern Ukraine.

[Read more from the New York Times]

Scientists: Universe undergoing 'slow death'

A team of international researchers say evidence from powerful microscopes shows that the energy output from about 200,000 galaxies is decreasing, as star formation and light slowly begins to wane. Don't worry, though – the predicted "end" of the universe is an unimaginably long time (about a 100 billion years from now) away.

[Read more from the Washington Post]

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