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Obama’s New Climate-Change Regulations to Alter, Challenge Industry

The first-ever federal limits on power-plant carbon emissions aim to change the way Americans make and consume electricity and ease climate change

Workers install solar panels on a rooftop at a home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. New EPA regulations due out Monday will encourage more use of renewable energy.
Workers install solar panels on a rooftop at a home in Palmetto Bay, Fla. New EPA regulations due
out Monday will encourage more use of renewable energy.


WASHINGTON—A new rule mandating the first-ever federal limits on power-plant carbon emissions aims to change the way Americans make and consume electricity, accelerating a shift already under way toward cleaner fuels, renewable energy and consumer-generated power.

The regulations, which will be unveiled by President Barack Obama at a White House event Monday, are part of a broader push by the administration to position the U.S. as a leader in tackling climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency regulations are central to the administration’s submission to an international climate conference set for December in Paris.

White House officials say Mr. Obama views addressing climate change as part of his legacy. He announced an aggressive climate deal with China in November and has put the issue high on the agenda in meetings with world leaders in recent months. The president also will discuss climate change with Pope Francis during his visit to the U.S. next month, following the pope’s release of an encyclical on the issue in June.

“This rule enhances in important ways our ability to achieve the international commitments that we have made,” Brian Deese, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, told reporters Sunday.

But divisions at home cast some doubt on the administration’s ability to fully implement the regulations, which were released in draft form a year ago.

Industry officials say they are worried about the plan’s cost and timetable. Republicans in Congress and states hardest hit by the plan say they will fight it. More than a dozen states and the coal industry have vowed to sue the EPA, and several states have threatened to refuse to comply with the rule.

The rule would require a 32% cut in power-plant carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels, an increase from the 30% target proposed last year. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Sunday the rule would result in an estimated annual cost of $8.4 billion by 2030 and have total benefits, including public-health benefits, of $34 billion to $54 billion per year by then. Continue reading

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Jeb Bush to Lester Holt: Donald Trump’s Surge in the Polls Is a ‘Phenomenon’

Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush called Donald Trump’s candidacy a “phenomenon,” and said his outspoken rival has “appealed to people’s anger” as he has skyrocketed to the top of the polls.

“I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged. I think he’s captured the deep frustration that people feel,” Bush told NBC News’ Lester Holt in an exclusive interview on Friday.

Trump — who kicked off his campaign with controversial comments accusing Mexico of sending its rapists and murderers to the U.S. — has a large lead over the GOP presidential field, a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday showed.

“I get the lack of rule of law, the sanctuary cities, the open borders,” the former Florida governor said. “He’s, in a very graphic way, appealed to people’s anger about those things. And I think it’s important to be respectful of that. Make the case that we can fix these things. And over time, the Trump phenomenon will either succeed or fail based on his proposals.”

The Quinnipiac poll put Trump in the lead with 20 percent of Republican voters nationally supporting him, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 13 percent and Bush at 10 percent.

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“You’re not asking about Scott Walker or other real well-qualified candidates,” Bush told Holt. “It’s definitely a phenomenon.”

Bush added that he had no qualms about going head-to-head with Trump or any other Republican candidates — including his protege, Marco Rubio — in presidential debates.

“I’m a big boy,” he said. “I’ll be showing up with my big boy pants on.” Continue reading

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MH370 Probe: Man Describes Finding Piece That Could Unravel Missing Jet Mystery

Johnny Begue and his friend were out looking for stones earlier this week on Reunion Island when he stumbled upon a piece of an airplane wing washed up on the sand.

“I asked my friend to come help pick it up. First we thought that we’d use it as a piece of decoration and then we thought because it’s a piece of plane, we should probably call thepolice,” Begue, 46, told ABC News today.

The piece was discovered on Wednesday by Begue and may be the first item anyone has seen of the doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 293 people on board. Investigators are treating the airplane part, believed to be a “flaperon,” as a major lead into the disappearance of the plane.

PHOTO: French gendarmes and police carry a large piece of plane debris which was found on the beach in Saint-Andre, on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, July 29, 2015.

Based on a part number that was visible in pictures, Boeing workers believe it came from a 777, the same type of plane as MH370, according to a U.S. official. MH370 is the only missing 777 jet in the world. Continue reading

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Cop accused of killing driver out of jail, free on bond

Ray Tensing, dismissed from his job as a University of Cincinnati police officer, enters the Hamilton County courthouse July 30, 2015, before his arraignment on charges of murdering a motorist.

CINCINNATI — A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a man he pulled over for a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and was out of jail on bond less than eight hours later.

Ray Tensing, 25, killed Samuel DuBose, 43, on July 19 as the unarmed black man delayed producing his driver’s license during the traffic stop near the university’s campus. Judge Megan Shanahan of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court set Tensing’s bond at $1 million during the arraignment as Tensing bowed his head, closed his eyes and never looked at anyone.

Applause broke out in the courtroom when Shanahan set the high bond, but the judge immediately put a stop to it, admonishing spectators.

“This is a courtroom,” she said.

Afterward, Tensing’s lawyer, Stewart Mathews, said he would do his best to raise the money to get his client out of jail Thursday, and Tensing left the Hamilton County jail hours later after spending the night behind bars. Anyone can post 10% of a $1 million bond, an amount that can be raised through a lien on a house.

Earlier in the day after the arraignment, DuBose’s family and friends demanded a conviction. They hugged; they shed tears.

Samuel DuBose, 43, of Cincinnati died July 19 during a University of Cincinnati police traffic stop. (Photo: Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office)”

“If this man doesn’t get convicted, they can shoot me in the head, too,” said Kimberly Thomas, DuBose’s friend.

For a few seconds, they broke into chant of “no justice, no peace.” Courthouse security ordered them to be quiet.

Tensing’s father, Paul Tensing, and other family members were in the courtroom during the arraignment, but none would comment after the hearing. Paul Tensing is a retired Springfield Township, Ohio, firefighter. Continue reading

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Hundreds protest Cecil the lion killing at dentist’s office

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – A group of protesters outside the office of a suburban Minneapolis dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe has grown to a couple of hundred people.

Demonstrators carried signs Wednesday and chanted outside the Bloomington office of Walter Palmer.

Palmer has said he believed the hunt was legal and didn’t know about the lion’s status. Some of Palmer’s patients are among the protesters.

Signs read “Killer” and “I am Cecil” – the name of the slain lion. Members of the crowd chanted, “Justice for Cecil.”

Signs also were taped on Palmer’s office door, including “ROT IN HELL” and “PALMER There’s a deep cavity waiting for you!”

Police are on the scene but are allowing the peaceful protest to continue.

Palmer, who lives in Eden Prairie, sent a letter to his patients on Wednesday, apologizing for the disruption.

Here’s the full letter:

To my valued patients:

As you may have already heard, I have been in the news over the last few days for reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you. I want you to know of this situation and my involvement

In addition to spending time with my family, one of my passions outside dentistry is hunting. I’ve been a life-long hunter since I was a child growing up in North Dakota. I don’t often talk about hunting with my patients because it can be a divisive and emotionally charged topic. I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting. Continue reading

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NASA just confirmed “Earth’s Twin” exists. This is what it means. (Video)

NASA’s Keplar space telescope confirmed the existence of the 1030th known planet. Even more staggering, it’s the closest thing NASA has found to being Earth’s closest relative.

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Hulk Hogan Apologizes for ‘Unacceptable’ Racist Rant as He Is Scrubbed from WWE Hall of Fame

Hulk Hogan is speaking out about a just-released audio transcript that features him making racist slurs about his daughter Brooke’s love life.

“Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation. It was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language; there is no excuse for it; and I apologize for having done it,” Hogan said in a statement exclusively to PEOPLE. The transcript featuring that conversation was published online by the National Enquirer.

“This is not who I am. I believe very strongly that every person in the world is important and should not be treated differently based on race, gender, orientation, religious beliefs or otherwise,” Hogan told PEOPLE. “I am disappointed with myself that I used language that is offensive and inconsistent with my own beliefs.”

Hogan was scrubbed from the WWE’s website on Friday morning, with no videos or photos of the famed wrestler remaining. He was also removed from the online Hall of Fame. His lawyer David Houston confirmed to PEOPLE that he’s officially resigned from the organization. Continue reading

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JSPCA not ‘killing’ animals, says Managing Director

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Managing Director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) Pamela Lawson today denied claims that the company has been killing animals because of the pending eviction issued by the Government.

When contacted by OBSERVER ONLINE via telephone, Lawson said that to describe what is being done at the facility as “killing” suggests an inhumane action.

“Killing makes it sound like we are going in there and butchering the animals. That is not true,” Lawson said. She added, “We euthanise a lot of animals. We humanely put them down.”

Lawson explained that this is an action that has always been done by the company and not because of the Government’s desire for the facility to be relocated.

“Jamaica has a huge stray animal problem and we’ve always had a huge stray animal problem,” Lawson said.

She insisted that Jamaicans are to be held accountable for this. Continue reading

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The Internet is crowdfunding a bailout for Greece and it’s going surprisingly well

Everyone is aware of the wasteland that is the current state of Greek economic affairs, as the nation quickly approaches its financial melting point.  Yesterday Greece missed the deadline to pay €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) to the International Monetary Fund, a default that is likely to cause further turmoil in economic activity by creating more uncertainty for lenders.

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