Florida utility to close natural gas plants, build massive solar-powered battery

Florida utility to close natural gas plants, build massive solar-powered battery

On Thursday, Florida Power and Light (FPL) announced that it would retire two natural gas plants and replace those plants with what is likely to be the world's largest solar-powered battery bank when it's completed in 2021. The utility says its plan, including additional efficiency upgrades and smaller battery installations throughout its service area, will save customers more than $100 million in aggregate through avoided fuel costs. FPL also says its battery and upgrade plan will help avoid 1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Sandy Hook Families Just Proved Congress Lied to Pass One of the NRA’s Favorite Bills

Sandy Hook Families Just Proved Congress Lied to Pass One of the NRA’s Favorite Bills

In a stunning setback for the gun industry, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims could proceed toward trial with their lawsuit against Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the assault rifle used in the shooting. The gun lobby had long assumed that gun manufacturers and sellers had almost complete immunity from legal accountability.

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US gamer jailed after hoax police call leads to fatal shooting

US gamer jailed after hoax police call leads to fatal shooting

A US man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for making a hoax 911 call that led to police shooting an innocent man dead. Tyler Barriss, 26, told emergency services he had fatally shot his father and was holding the rest of his family hostage as part of a "swatting" prank. Swatting is a form of retaliation which involves falsely reporting a crime so that a massive police response – often involving SWAT teams – is sent to a target's home.

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Company Ordered to Pay Woman $459K After Spamming Her With More Than 300 Robocalls

Company Ordered to Pay Woman $459K After Spamming Her With More Than 300 Robocalls

A Tennessee woman has been awarded nearly half a million dollars after a furniture company illegally hounded her with hundreds of robocalls, sometimes more than 10 times per day, even after she asked them to no longer contact her, per court records. Furniture chain Conn’s began contacting Veronica Davis in September of 2015, according to a court filing, about a month after she purchased furniture from its Memphis store that she was to pay off in monthly installments.

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Company Ordered to Pay Woman $459K After Spamming Her With More Than 300 Robocalls

Company Ordered to Pay Woman $459K After Spamming Her With More Than 300 Robocalls

A Tennessee woman has been awarded nearly half a million dollars after a furniture company illegally hounded her with hundreds of robocalls, sometimes more than 10 times per day, even after she asked them to no longer contact her, per court records. Furniture chain Conn’s began contacting Veronica Davis in September of 2015, according to a court filing, about a month after she purchased furniture from its Memphis store that she was to pay off in monthly installments.

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More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

At least 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) of U.S. farmland were flooded after the “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by Gro Intelligence for Reuters showed.

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More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

More than 1 Million Acres of U.S. Cropland Ravaged by Floods

At least 1 million acres (405,000 hectares) of U.S. farmland were flooded after the “bomb cyclone” storm left wide swaths of nine major grain producing states under water this month, satellite data analyzed by Gro Intelligence for Reuters showed.

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