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'Fifty Shades' author E.L. James worth $58 million, despite being spanked by critics

E.L. James might not have as much money as Christian Grey, the kinky billionaire featured in her "Fifty Shades of Grey" books. But she's getting close.

Four Mississippi River locks closed by flooding: Army Corps

(Reuters) - Four locks on the Mississippi River have been closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since Saturday due to flooding, bringing commercial barge traffic on the crucial grains shipping waterway to a temporary halt.

MATS Rules Declared Invalid in Michigan v. EPA, 5-4

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down EPA’s rules governing toxic emissions from power plants.  My first take on the opinion, by Justice Scalia, is that while the outcome is bad for the agency, the reasoning appears not to be a radical departure from existing doctrine, with one worrisome tidbit thrown in.  Justice Scalia used […]

Solar-powered plane takes off from Japan for trans-Pacific crossing

TOKYO (Reuters) - A solar-powered plane took off from Japan on Monday on the seventh leg of its journey round the world, a trans-Pacific crossing expected to be the toughest part of the trip.

Washington wildfire engulfs 3,000 acres, homes burn

(Reuters) - A wildfire racing through central Washington state "blew up" overnight, threatening homes and businesses as flames enveloped roughly 3,000 acres, nearly double the area burning only a day earlier, state officials said Monday.

Pink salmon risk double dose of acidification, in rivers and sea

OSLO (Reuters) - Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater, a study showed on Monday.

Mercury Rising: The Court Reverses EPA’s Regulation

The Court has just now decided the Michigan case, involving EPA’s mercury regulation.  As Ann Carlson explained in an earlier post, a lot was at stake in the case.  The Court ruled 5-4 against EPA.  This passage seems to be key to the Court’s reasoning: One would not say that it is even rational, never mind […]

Supreme Court invalidates Obama administration mercury air pollution rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Obama administration should have considered costs when it issued a key environmental regulation to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants.

China's Li says working for 'win win' climate plan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - China is seeking a fair, global system to tackle climate change and is about to make a joint announcement on the environment, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at talks in Brussels with EU leaders on Monday.

Supreme Court blocks air pollution rules for power plants

The Supreme Court has blocked Obama administration rules designed to sharply limit the hazardous air pollutants that spew from the nation's power plants.

Baseball open to possibly allowing pitchers to use sticky substances

The slippery slope of pitchers using sticky substances is something Major League Baseball could be poised to address at some point in the near future.

Supreme Court upholds power of independent commissions to draw districts

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the kind of independent redistricting commissions used in Arizona and California to prevent partisan gerrymandering.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP, Anadarko over Deepwater Horizon spill penalties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected bids by BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp to avoid penalties under federal pollution law in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Recycling Flip Flops From Kenya’s Ocean Shores

Originally published on InspiredEconomist.com The world’s oceans are vast, floating dumps for plastic pollution. Without a serious plan for cleaning up the world’s oceans, this situation is dire and becoming worse every day. With a goal...Show More Summary

A spoonful of sugar helps the environmental message go down

Gastronomic artists at New York's IDEAS CITY festival have been whipping up interest in the air we breathe

Arkansas park is a girl's best friend: Woman finds -- and gets to keep -- 8.5-carat diamond

A Colorado woman paid for her vacation - and then some - when she discovered an 8½-carat diamond at an Arkansas park where visitors can hunt for stones and keep what they find.

How To Get A Greener Kitchen

We purchased a condo last year, and since it was a new condo, that meant designing everything from the ground up and putting in all new appliances, floors, cupboards, etc. Unfortunately, based on various limits and compromises, I can’t...Show More Summary

Australia keeps fingers crossed UNESCO won't blacklist Great Barrier Reef

LADY ELLIOT ISLAND, Australia (Reuters) - With the Australian sun illuminating the crystal clear waters of the Great Barrier Reef in all their glory, UNESCO World Heritage delegates snorkeled for hours surrounded by manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks.

150,000+ celebrate black music and more at BET Experience

By the time the BET Awards went live from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live on Sunday night, more than 150,000 fans had already gotten a taste of the event through the network's four-day BET Experience.

How should I get rid of old Barbies and Legos?

What to do with old Barbies, Lego bricks, and other plastic toys? Umbra sorts through the disposal dilemmas represented by the toybox.

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