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Wholesale energy prices dip below zero because of California’s solar power

Solar power in CaliforniaSolar power shines bright in California, and wholesale energy prices prove it. Last winter and early spring’s dependence on solar drove wholesale energy prices to negative prices, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Solar power in the California Independent System Operator accounted for nearly 40% of net grid power for three hours on March 11, 2017, the administration reports —a major first.

These figures don’t translate for the consumer into retail prices, which are based on averages. But the move will likely cause energy companies to pay more attention to green energy options.

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G7 rejects Russian sanctions; Tillerson gives ultimatum

C7 rejects Russian sanctionsBritish and U.S. officials on Tuesday were unable to persuade fellow G7 representatives to adopt new sanctions against Russia in the wake of a Syrian chemical attack as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a new ultimatum to Moscow.

While representatives of the seven nations meeting in Lucca, Italy, agreed that no solution to the Syrian crisis would be found while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad remained in power, they were unable to agree on economic sanctions against Russia. The proposed sanctions were meant to convince Russia to abandon its alliance with Syria in light of the chemical attacks against Syrian citizens that left at least 89 people dead. The Syrian government denied any involvement in the attacks.

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Pope Francis opens free laundromat for homeless

Pope opens laundry Pope Francis has opened a new laundromat for the homeless to wash and dry their clothing.

The laundromat, near the Vatican, has six washing machines and dryers.

On Tuesday, Ciro Guardaccione was among the first to use the new machines. He carefully placed his clothing in the washing machine and watched it spin around.

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Starvation stalks Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen

UN: four countries at risk for starvationThe risk of mass starvation in four countries - Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - is rapidly rising due to drought and conflict, the UN refugee agency has warned.

About 20 million people live in hard-hit areas where harvests have failed and malnutrition rates are increasing, particularly among young children, the UNHCR said on Tuesday.

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U.S. judge finds Texas voter ID law was intended to discriminate

Voter ID laaw in Texas overturnedA Texas law that requires voters to show identification before casting ballots was enacted with the intent to discriminate against black and Hispanic voters, a U.S. federal judge ruled on Monday.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos came after an appeals court last year said the 2011 law had an outsized impact on minority voters. The court sent the case back to Ramos to determine if lawmakers intentionally wrote the legislation to be discriminatory.

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Report: Gay men detained, tortured in 'concentration camps' in Chechnya

Chechnya concentration camps for gay menIn early April, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a story regarding gay men being detained, tortured, and sometimes killed in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

The article claims that over 100 homosexual men in the "traditionally conservative Muslim society" had been rounded up and placed in a newly established and secret prison.

A man identified as one of the individuals held there said he was a victim of violence, which was used in an attempt to get him to reveal the identities of other gay men

TVNL Comment:  Human Rights mean very little to much of the world.  Will Trump stand up for the persecuted gay community throught the world?  Don't hold your breath.

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How Alabama’s ‘Luv Guv’ Broke New Ground in a Scandal-Plagued State

Alabama Governor resignsEven after a year of titillating revelations, the release on Friday afternoon of the special investigator’s report on the affair between the 74-year-old governor and his much younger and still-married aide still had the capacity to amaze the most seasoned Alabamian political observers.

The bar was high after a tape came out last March of Robert Bentley, the one-time Sunday school teacher and dermatologist, on which the governor was heard awkwardly cooing into the phone to Rebekah Mason, his then 40-something senior political adviser:

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Washington Post’s Trump coverage among Pulitzer winners

WP gets Pulitzer for Trump coverageThe Investigative Consortium of Journalists, The New York Daily News and The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold were among the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, announced Monday.

The New York Daily News and ProPublica were awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Gold Medal Prize for public service for a joint investigation into the abuse of eviction rules that have locked hundreds of New York residents out of their homes. The International Consortium of Journalists, along with McClatchy and the Miami Herald, won the award for explanatory reporting for its series The Panama Papers, which examined the use of offshore tax havens around the world.

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WSJ’s Peggy Noonan Wins Pulitzer Prize For Commentary

Peggy Noonan wins PulitzerPeggy Noonan, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has just won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Much of her winning work focuses on Donald Trump’s rise and the unfolding political realignment within the Republican Party and America. Her honest and brusque criticism of media’s coverage surrounding Trump’s success drew much attention from critics as well as appreciative readers.

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