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UPS is buying a fleet of 1,000 electric vans from Workhorse

Parcel delivery companies are all starting to look at electric vehicles to reduce their operating costs and their impact on air pollution.<p>UPS is arguably leading the way on that front as it orders a fleet of 1,000 electric vans from Workhorse as it latest electrification effort.<p>I say latest …

Alternative Fuel

This woman realized the sun’s potential long before the rest of the country

Mária Telkes lead the way in solar power development<p>In 1948, Mária Telkes, the “Sun Queen,” built a house in Dover, Massachusetts. From the outside, …

Clean Energy

There's No Place in the U.S. Where a Minimum Wage Worker Can Afford a 2-Bedroom Apartment

Housing has gotten so expensive across the country, it’s completely priced out the lowest earners.<p>According to a new report from the National Low …

Housing

Here's The Vehicle You Should Use In All Of Your Automotive Daydreams Today: A Toyota LiteAce 4x4

Sometimes you’ll see an image of a vehicle that’s so wildly appealing and enticing that its very image grabs you and launches your mind into …

Top Gear

Netflix and Alphabet will need to become ISPs, fast

This week completely scrambled the video landscape, and its implications are going to take months to fully understand.<p>First is the district court’s decision to approve the merger of AT&T and Time Warner announced just moments ago. That will create one of the largest content creation and …

Net Neutrality

14 Foil-Packet Meals That Make Campfire Cooking a Breeze

Cooking

Maine set for groundbreaking voting experiment on Tuesday

<b>(CNN) —</b> Maine voters will conduct a groundbreaking democratic experiment on Tuesday when they use, for the first time in the nation, ranked choice voting in statewide primaries.<p>The consequences of Maine's experiment could be momentous, with the potential to change campaigns, enliven third-party …

Government

Electric mopeds use is booming around the world; here are the options available in the USA

Cruising down the road with the wind in your face, the throttle in your hand, and… a couple bags of groceries at your feet? Alright, electric mopeds and scooters aren’t sexy, but they sure are useful – especially in cities and suburbs.<p>Electric scooters are great for zipping around town and helping …

Electric Vehicles

President Trump Is What Happens After Republicans Spend Decades Rebranding Knowledge as Elitism and Ignorance as Bliss

‘I don’t think I have to prepare very much’ for the upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump says. Here’s how we ended up with president who’s all …

Donald Trump

The Nobe is 100% electric car, 75% wheels!

Technically classified as a trike (a contraction of the word tricycle), the Nobe 100 electric trike looks retro and feels futuristic. With an …

Watches

Walmart Offers Employees College For $1 A Day

College for $1 a day?<p>If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not.<p>Walmart, the largest private sector employer in the U.S., announced a new plan yesterday to pay for college for its 1.4 million employees.<p>Here’s how it works and what you need to know.<p><b>Walmart College Plan</b><p>Walmart will offer all …

College & University

10 cars we’d like to see resurrected, from the El Camino to the Esprit

It’s always great when a hallowed nameplate returns from the automotive afterlife. A recent report indicates the Dodge Viper may soon return from the …

Autos

Another stunning Tesla Model S wagon unveiled

We already reported on a company building a Tesla Model S wagon, but now a second company is attempting to build an all-electric station wagon using the Model S. That company unveiled it today.<p>Station wagons, shooting brake, estate cars or whatever you want to call them, are quite popular in Europe …

Tesla

BMW unveils first glimpse of its ‘Tesla Model 3 competitor’ iNEXT electric car

For over a year now already, BMW has been hyping its iNEXT electric car, which some BMW executives even framed as a ‘Tesla Model 3 competitor’.<p>Now they unveiled the first glimpse of the design concept for the vehicle.<p>Very little is known about the iNEXT at this point beyond that it will be an …

America’s best high schools in 2018, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Hats off to teachers in the Canyon State: Arizona high schools ran away with the U.S. News & World Report's Best high School Rankings for 2018, nabbing the top five rankings plus the No. 8 spot.<p>The annual list published U.S. News, which ranks everything from institutions of higher learning to …

High School

What Chevy Gains By Using a Pushrod Engine in the Corvette

Before you call a pushrod engine old-fashioned, know that there's inherent greatness in its design.<p>The Chevrolet Corvette is the last true sports car to use a pushrod V8, and you might not think that's a good thing. After all, overhead-cam engines have been the standard for decades at this point, …

I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye

Kanye West wants freedom—white freedom.<p>I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and cable had not yet come to the city, and if it had, my father would not have believed in it. Yes, it had to have …

Michael Jackson

American highways are so expensive that cities are tearing them down — here’s what they’re turning into

1/<p>When cities tear down parts of highways, they often transform them into boulevards, parks, and housing.<p>Wikipedia Commons<p>2/<p>Rochester, New York …

Nigella Lawson’s Small-Batch Brownie Recipe Is Your Emergency Sugar Fix

Inside the pages of Nigella Lawson’s latest cookbook <i>At My Table</i> ($35) — her twelfth, if you’re keeping track — you’ll find playful recipes flecked with global flavors and inspired by memorable meals she’s shared. The domestic goddess writes in the introduction,”Life is complicated; cooking doesn’t …

Recipes

Just how hot is 'hot as balls?' One curious man found out.

Have you ever wondered just how hot it has to be outside for someone to say it's "hot as balls?"<p>One very curious man did.<p>Over the past year Jim Webb, …

25 Foreign Words With Hilarious Literal Meanings

Anyone who has ever studied a foreign language knows that translator apps, while helpful, aren’t always reliable. It's easy to tell when text has …

Stop What You're Doing and Bake This Cake Immediately

If something involves ricotta, I don't need to read any further to know I am sold. So when I stumbled upon this blood orange, almond, and ricotta …

Putin's New Wheels Will Crush The Opposition Without A Mark

Crash testing done, Vladimir Putin will soon be using his brand new luxury limo.<p>There's been a long development and testing period for Russian …

The Top 10: Unexpected company origins

This one was started by Alan Robertson, who mentioned nos 4, 5 and 6. I’ve listed them in order of the date of founding.<p>1. <b>Peugeot</b> started in 1810 …

Top 10

I Was a Top Clinton Aide. Here’s What I Think About Comey’s Book.

Jennifer Palmieri reviews the former FBI director’s blockbuster memoir.<p>I have never met Jim Comey. We overlapped briefly in the Obama administration—he, as FBI director; I as director of communications at the White House—and have mutual friends and even the same literary agents. We’ve lived …

Donald Trump

70 years of the Porsche Effect, from the 356 to the 919

German Tuner Builds Mid-Engined 210 HP Old-School Beetle Roadster Because Life Is For The Living

Memminger is one of the best Volkswagen Beetle restoration companies out there. They’re somewhat unique in the vintage Beetle restoration world …

You won't believe what Obama says in this video 😉 https://t.co/n2KloCdF2G

Return to Ward 17: Making peace with lost comrades

In 2016, I was treated in a psychiatric unit for PTSD after a career spent covering conflict and tragedy. Last July, I was back in Ward 17. It was time to face up to my moral injury and the event that drove me into mental hell.

A teen missed the bus to school. When he knocked on a door for directions, a man shot at him.

The 14-year-old was walking to high school after sleeping late and missing the bus when he decided to ask a neighbor for directions.<p>It was a banal request, but it nearly got the student from Rochester Hills, Mich., killed Thursday.<p>The woman who opened the door after Brennan Walker, who is black, …

Crime