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Business & Technology

It’s high-speed rail vs. farmers in California

A planned bullet train linking California's major cities would cut through hundreds of the state's prized Central Valley farms.

Politics

New Hawaii senator says climate change is urgent

Brian Schatz (D) marked his appointment to the U.S. Senate with a strong statement on global warming.

Living

Holiday shopping is down, mall blight is up

This holiday shopping season may have been the slowest since 2008, thanks in part to extreme weather and a warmer winter.

Climate & Energy

The $400 million plan to unsink a giant cruise ship

If the plan fails, the world's biggest passenger ship crash could still prove catastrophic for the protected coast of Tuscany.

Food

Meat company sues USDA to speed up horse meat sales

Valley Meat Co. hopes you'll try your next bowl of New Mexico's famous chili with some ground Black Beauty.

EPA administrator Lisa Jackson has left the building

President Obama's lead environmental regulator leaves a record with some signal achievements but little headway on the biggest climate challenges.

Climate & Energy

New York’s energy-efficiency survey suggests that older is often better

Despite LEED certification for new buildings, structures with thicker walls and fewer windows often are more environment-friendly.

Climate & Energy

Seattle mayor calls for city’s pension funds to dump oil stocks

Seattle's Mike McGinn becomes the first municipal leader to join 350.org's divestment campaign. He's pushing back again coal trains too.

Climate & Energy

Western Antarctica is warming three times faster than the rest of the world

You'll forgive the region's ice if it's starting to look a little nervous.