The EPA is planning to jeopardize the water quality for 117 million Americans

The EPA is planning to jeopardize the water quality for 117 million Americans

The Trump administration unveiled a proposal on Tuesday weakening federal water protections for millions of acres of streams, wetlands, and waterways that will likely affect the drinking water for more than one-third of Americans. While the Trump administration specifically targeted the 2015 Obama-era rule known as the Clean Water Rule, or Waters of the United States, the proposal goes further in rolling back environmental oversight than has occurred with any president since Ronald Reagan.

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The Education Department Is Canceling $150 Million Of Student Loan Debt

The Education Department Is Canceling $150 Million Of Student Loan Debt

The U.S. Department of Education is sending emails to about 15,000 people around the country telling them: You've got money. These are former students — and some parents of students — who took out loans for colleges that shut down between Nov. 1, 2013, and Dec. 4, 2018. About half attended campuses run by Corinthian Colleges. They will get their money back or have their debt forgiven — an amount estimated at $150 million, all told — under a provision called Automatic Closed School Discharge.

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Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995

Hyundai finally gives us a price for the 2019 Kona EV—$29,995

In October, we finally got a chance to drive the Hyundai Kona EV, a rather wonderful little electric vehicle. Based on the internal combustion-powered Kona, it packs in 64kWh of lithium-ion to give it an EPA range of 258 miles (415km). On top of that, the little Kona EV also sported a rather nifty Smart Regeneration System that uses the car's cruise control radar to maximize energy recuperation when following other cars. The one thing we couldn't tell you back then was how much this EV would cost.

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California just decided to move to 100% electric city buses

California just decided to move to 100% electric city buses

A decade from now, city transit agencies in California will no longer be able to buy a bus that runs on diesel or natural gas. The California Air Resources Board, the state’s clean air agency, just voted on a new rule that will require cities to shift to 100% electric buses over time. It’s happening at a time when many California cities are already starting to buy new electric buses; more than 100 zero-emissions buses are already on roads in the state, and hundreds more are on order. But the new rule will make things move faster.

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$100,000 Up For Grabs For Someone Who Can Live Without A Smartphone For 365 Days

$100,000 Up For Grabs For Someone Who Can Live Without A Smartphone For 365 Days

Vitaminwater has announced that it is raising a challenge for smartphone addicts: ditch the gadget for a year and win a whopping $100,000. The staggering amount may sound enticing, but the task itself is harder than it sounds. Vitaminwater is willing to pay anyone who can live without their smartphone for a year, announced via Twitter with a hashtag #NoPhoneForAYear.

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Parents horrified after Santa rips off beard, yells expletives asking kids to leave

Parents horrified after Santa rips off beard, yells expletives asking kids to leave

Organizers of a Christmas event apologized to outraged parents after a fire alarm reportedly prompted Santa Claus to burst out of his grotto, rip off his beard and scream at children to "get the f— out." The incident occurred at an event in the English town of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire on Sunday, when an alarm at a nearby but unconnected event caused an evacuation of the building, organizers said.

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Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban

Tumblr returns to App Store after porn ban

Social network Tumblr is back on Apple's app store after pledging to remove adult content from the platform. Tumblr was removed from the app store in November after child abuse images were found to have slipped through its content filters. The social network then said it would ban adult content completely from 17 December. However, the move has angered many people who said they used the platform as a way to express their sexuality.

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Why Trump Can’t Kill the Electric Car

Why Trump Can’t Kill the Electric Car

The electric vehicle revolution, after years of hype that outpaced reality, finally seems to be taking off in the United States. The best five months for plug-in sales in American history have been the past five months. Tesla’s Model 3 has been one of America’s top five selling passenger cars this fall, surging ahead of fossil-fueled mainstays like the Ford Fusion and Nissan Sentra. The U.S. put its 1 millionth electric vehicle on the road in September, not a large chunk of the nation’s 260 million vehicles, but not too shabby considering production started only in 2010.

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Electric cars will soon be cheaper to make than gas cars: battery-maker

Electric cars will soon be cheaper to make than gas cars: battery-maker

Electric vehicle batteries will cost less than $100-per-kWh to make by 2020; and less than $50-per-kWh by 2025, significantly reducing manufacturing costs for EVs, according to a Chinese supplier of EV batteries. The $100-per-kWh threshold has been heralded in the industry as the price at which an EV could be made cheaper to produce than a gasoline-powered car.

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