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Doomsday Escape Plans: New Zealand

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Seven Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have purchased bunkers from Rising S Co. and planted them in New Zealand in the past two years, said Gary Lynch, the manufacturer’s general manager. At the first sign of an apocalypse — nuclear war, a killer germ, a French Revolution-style uprising targeting the 1 percent …

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California Moves to Reduce Plastic Straws

California could become the first state to to restrict the distribution of plastic straws at restaurants under a bill approved Thursday by lawmakers. Despite many breathless headlines, the legislation doesn’t ban straws outright, but would prohibit full-service, dine-in restaurants from automatically giving them to customers – they could if requested. The …

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Hey Google, Tell Me Something Good

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Google knows you’re a bit worn out by the dizzying stream of bad news, from the stream of bizarre behavior in the White House and elsewhere in capitals, to pointless them vs. us-style coverage of “issues” on the cable yelling shows. If you’re looking for information about people solving problems, …

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Are Oysters the Key to Battling Red Tide off Florida Coast?


As sea life continues to be devastated in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Anna Maria Island, an unlikely hero has emerged, or in this case submerged, to potentially battle red tide. One oyster filters between nine and 50 gallons of water a day, according to Sandy Gilbert, CEO of START, …

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Campaigns Are Trying Direct Texts

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Both Democratic and Republican campaigns are relying on mass-texting apps that take advantage of a clever legal loophole to send huge numbers of texts per day without running afoul of anti-spam laws. New York Times

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Carbon Emissions Tax Proposal Coming in Congress

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A South Florida Republican congressman plans to introduce legislation aimed at stalling dramatic climate change by creating an escalating tax on carbon emissions, while pausing certain federal regulations, an energy and environment website reported this week. U.S. Rep. Carlo Curbelo plans to introduce the measure next week, according to E&E …

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