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  • Emerging solar plants scorch birds in midair

    Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

  • Obama administration takes step toward issuing Arctic drilling rules

    The Interior Department sent draft regulations for drilling in the Arctic Ocean to the Office of Management and Budget, setting the stage for a future battle over the strength of the safeguards.

  • Indian poachers threaten lesser-known animals

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Wildlife poachers, hindered by India's efforts to protect majestic endangered animals including tigers and rhinos, have begun to think smaller. And activists say scores of the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result. The Indian pangolin — a scaly...

  • Artist accused of damaging environment in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Polish artist famed for slipping crocheted covers around unlikely objects has gotten into hot water in Mexico for slipping her brightly colored work around underwater sculptures near Cancun. Agata Oleksiak, who uses the name Olek, said she intervened at the Cancun...

  • Delays for SC nuclear plant pressure industry

    ATLANTA (AP) — Expensive delays are piling up for the companies building new nuclear power plants, raising fresh questions about whether they can control the construction costs that crippled the industry years ago. The latest announcement came this week from executives at SCANA Corp., which has...

  • Voters to decide fate of Alaska oil production tax

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Amid a fog of conflicting claims, Alaskans head to the polls Tuesday to decide if the state's old system for taxing oil companies, passed in 2007 after some lawmakers were suspected of bribery, is better than the new system, a tax cut passed last year to try to attract...

  • Schweitzer mining dispute claim goes forward

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An expert commission will decide on a $10 million compensation claim from former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and other investors in a dispute involving a proposed silver mine, under a federal judge's ruling that said the size of the claim was "more than suspect."...

  • Agency reconsidering water for Klamath salmon

    A federal agency said Friday it is taking another look at releasing water in Northern California's Klamath Basin to prevent the spread of disease among salmon returning to spawn in drought conditions. A decision is likely next week following discussions with fisheries biologists and others,...

  • Nuclear reactor near NYC running after shutdown

    BUCHANAN, N.Y. (AP) — A nuclear power reactor near New York City is operating again, two days after a faulty sensor led to an automatic shutdown. Indian Point in Westchester County says Unit 3 restarted Friday. It went offline Wednesday when a sensor detected a reactor pressure change....

  • Indianapolis utility to convert coal plant to gas

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An aging coal-fired power plant that Indianapolis' utility company had faced growing pressure to retire will be converted to cleaner-burning natural gas if state regulators endorse a revised plan the company announced Friday. Indianapolis Power & Light President and CEO...

  • Tour de Turtles tracks migration paths

    MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle, rehabilitated at The Turtle Hospital, joined a "race" Friday against 10 other turtles after being released on a Florida Keys beach with a satellite-tracking transmitter affixed to its shell. "Pine Tyme" became the last competitor to join the Tour...

  • SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments

    NEW YORK (AP) — After more than a year of public criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild....

  • California regulators approve PG&E rate hike

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators approved a nearly $2.4 billion rate hike for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers that will see the typical customer's monthly bill increase by $7.50 starting in the fall and then even more in 2015 and again in 2016. The California Public Utilities...

  • Correction: Erie-Wells story

    ERIE, Colo. (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about 13 oil and gas wells approved by Erie town trustees near two subdivisions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that some would violate state drilling setback rules. State rules require wells to be at least 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from...

  • Federal court backs key electric grid policy

    A federal court on Friday upheld a key rule designed to spur investment in expensive electric grid infrastructure that could connect more people to renewable energy and other power sources.



From the Weekly Standard

  • Annihilate ISIS

    Here are the two best responses I've seen so far to the latest barbarism from ISIS. My friend Seth Liebsohn, now a talk radio host in Phoenix, emails with a short-term suggestion:

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  • Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Executive Action On Immigration

    American voters says they would prefer President Barack Obama work with Congress rather than use executive action to address the illegal immigration crisis at the border, according to a detailed...

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  • An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

    The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on...

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