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Why The World Isn't Ready For Renewable Energy - And How We Can Be

At 3:59 am on 8 November 2009, Spain’s renewable energy control center registered a milestone: For a gusty moment, more than half of Spain was powered by wind.<p>The brief spike was cause for celebration. Powering the world using nothing but renewable energy is often seen as a naïve dream, despite the …

Renewable Energy

Court holds federal high seas piracy statute unconstitutional

The United States has the harshest piracy law in the Western world – among the harshest anywhere. The maximum <b>and</b> minimum penalty is life in prison. In a surprising and dramatic development in the case of <i>U.S. v. Said</i>, a federal judge has held the statute unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment, …

Sneckdown East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia: What snow can teach us about creating better public spaces.

<i>This post originally appeared last month on the Philadelphia-based blog This Old City.</i><p>After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you …

Paging Bradley Cooper's Lawyers: He Might Own Ellen's Famous Oscar Selfie

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Associated Press asked Ellen DeGeneres for permission to share her now-famous Oscar selfie with …

Cianbro, others push for renewal of offshore wind power tax credits

WASHINGTON — Businesses working to launch the first offshore wind energy facilities in U.S. waters urged Congress on Monday to renew tax credits they …

King, Pingree urge FEMA to use local flood reports

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — U.S. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree are urging federal officials to be even-handed and transparent in considering appeals …

Maine communities questioning the fairness of flood maps

Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth border each other, but new government flood maps treat each town very differently. That irks Scarborough Town Manager …

When The Right To Religion Conflicts With A Changing Society

<b>Listen · 7:37</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>As the White House continues dealing with well-publicized problems with the HealthCare.gov website, there's at least one big question related to the Affordable Care Act that's outside the president's control: Can employers with religious objections …

A-Rod suspended 162 games; plans to continue battle in federal court

Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has reduced Alex Rodriguez's suspension to 162 games. A-Rod's camp will look to continue the legal battle in federal …

U.S. Federal Courts

Supreme Court to hear Aereo case, which could define future of internet TV

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: flickr / dbking<p>The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday announced that it will hear a closely-watched dispute between Aereo, a …

Court Rules That Yelp Must Unmask the Identities of Seven Anonymous Reviewers

Just how strong are the legal protections for those posting critical reviews under pseudonyms on the Internet?<p>Over the past few years, seven people have been so dissatisfied with the service they received from Hadeed Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria, Virginia, that they took to Yelp to air the details …

The Steroid Hunt

We know what MLB players were doing during the steroid era. Here's what baseball writers did.<p>As sports fans, we’ve decided two things about the …

Baseball

How Did Mild-Mannered Maine Get America’s Craziest Governor?

Paul LePage, explained.<p>What better way to start a governorship than to refuse to attend a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast and, when the NAACP complains, tell them, on camera, to “kiss my butt”?<p>That’s how Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, introduced himself to the nation three years ago, and the …

Supreme Court case on abortion clinic buffer zones could affect Portland, polling places — Portland — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

‘Tell her to sue me’ — LePage defies AG Mills’ demand to release welfare study — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Controversial EPA Reg Finally Poised to Appear in Federal Register

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy debuted a draft proposal for carbon emissions limits set by the agency for new power …

Federal Register

US sends troops and tanks to South Korea

The United States is to deploy more troops and heavy tanks in South Korea as part of a military rebalance at a time of raised tensions on the Korean peninsula.<p>Forty M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, 800 soldiers and 40 Bradley fighting vehicles from the 1st US Cavalry Division will be sent on …

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Judge rules against rezoning Portland West End church

A judge has ruled that the Portland City Council erred in 2012 when it rezoned the site of a historic church in the West End so the building could be …

Abortion, buffer zones, and the right to hear

Evidence that misery <i>doesn’t</i> love company is common at pro-life gatherings, where women holding poignant signs — “I Regret My Abortion” — urge others …

The nuns' Obamacare contraception lawsuit isn't about religious freedom

Does religious liberty extend to the right to not have to fill out paperwork? That's the latest position religious organizations are taking against the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's crazy, yes. But, welcome to the future of "religious freedom" litigation.<p>On New Years Eve, supreme court Justice …

The Pope's Christmas Wish: Hope For A Better World

Pope Francis on Christmas Day is wishing for a better world, with peace for the land of Jesus' birth, for Syria and Africa, as well as for the dignity of migrants and refugees fleeing misery and conflict.<p>Francis spoke from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday to tens of thousands …

Pope Francis in Pictures

Misty Traffic Lights in Germany Photographed by Lucas Zimmermann | Colossal

<p>I’m really enjoying this series of photos by photographer Lucas Zimmermann captured on a foggy night near Weimar, Germany. You can see more from the …

Craft Beer Cellar owners take their stores national

Kate Baker and Suzanne Schalow founded Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont in 2010, and today, at any given time, its 1,500 square feet of retail space are …

How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'

Qatar is a tiny place that insists on being heard.<p>The Arab nation just off the coast of Saudi Arabia has made itself a major diplomatic player, a generous donor of foreign aid, and a leader in modernizing education in the region. The ultra-modern capital Doha is full of skyscrapers, museums and …

U.S. seeks 28 years in prison for ex-Detroit mayor

Kwame Kilpatrick is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 10 on his public corruption conviction.<p>DETROIT — When it comes to public corruption, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is the worst of the worst.<p>That's what federal prosecutors argued Thursday in asking a judge to sentence Kilpatrick to at …

The 23 Most Perfect Foods In The Universe

We celebrate these heroes today because they refuse to conform. Because they Will Not cave to the pressure of social norms. Because they are just too special.<p><i>NOTE: Writer reserves the right to add to this list at any time because the internet uncovers perfect foods every day. We can never know</i> …

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