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CA Gov. says 100% clean electricity not enough, state must go carbon neutral
On Monday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill mandating that the state's utilities move to 100-percent zero-emission electricity generation by 2045. Brown also issued an executive order today requiring the state to become carbon neutral by 2045, that is, mandating that the state remove as much greenhouse gas from the atmosphere as it puts into the atmosphere.

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Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota
A court ruling that limits state regulation of cable company offerings was praised by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who says the ruling supports his contention that the FCC can preempt state-level net neutrality rules. The new court ruling found that Minnesota's state government cannot regulate VoIP phone services offered by Charter and other cable companies because VoIP is…

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Mega-rich family behind opioid crisis has second, secret opioid company
The Sackler family—the ultra-wealthy family that made billions from illegally marketed opioids and the group largely blamed for sparking and fueling the devastating, $504 billion-per-year epidemic of opioid addiction—has been making even more money off the country’s drug crisis than previously thought, according to a series of reports by the .

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“Lighthouse Detector” can distinguish between many sources of radiation
A lighthouse is built to shed light on rocky waters, turning at the top of a tower to illuminate sections of a dark shoreline that might harm incoming boats. Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and a company called Quaesta Instruments have drawn from that age-old design and assembled a sort of reverse-lighthouse to detect radiation in an area.

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Amazon may have just teased the first retail Halo FPS on PC in 11 years
After over 11 years, a retail FPS game may finally be on its way to Windows. A weekend update to Amazon's listing for included an enticing, and clearly intentional, change to its box art: a new "Xbox One console exclusive" label. The phrase appears not once, not twice, but thrice via cleanly rendered angles of a physical box, and it…

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Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for
On September 12, 2018, Apple will hold its second major event at the Steve Jobs Theater at the company's new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. An invitation was sent out to press and other invitees with the above image and the words "gather round." This is an allusion to Apple Park, which shares that shape.

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NSA metadata program “consistent” with Fourth Amendment, Kavanaugh once argued
On Friday, during the final day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had an interesting exchange over recent privacy cases with the Supreme Court judicial nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. "I've talked repeatedly in this hearing about how technology will be one of the huge issues with the Fourth Amendment going forward," said Kavanaugh, who serves…

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SpaceX to launch super-heavy payload, land in high seas Sunday night
After slightly more than a month, SpaceX returns to the launch pad Sunday night to deliver the Telstar 18 Vantage satellite into orbit. The four-hour launch window opens at 11:28pm ET (03:28 UTC) for a mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The flight of a new Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 booster will seek to…

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How a CEO fiddled while beloved board game Glory to Rome crashed and burned
I remember exactly where I was the first time I played Glory to Rome. It was the spring of 2011. I was on a Thalys high-speed train leaving Amsterdam, headed for Cologne, not far from where I was living at the time in Bonn, Germany. My friend Joe brought this new game straight from the US that he’d recently acquired—he…