As the Trump administration moves to dismantle federal laws to curb greenhouse gas emissions, Washington D.C. is working to bring renewable energy to the White House and the rest of the city.
Under a law approved in December, the District of Columbia will require that all of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2032, the most ambitious timetable in the country. Federal buildings would be included.
“It’s doable, it works, it’s not some pie-in-the-sky idea,” Mark Rodeffer, the chairman of the Sierra Club’s Washington D.C. chapter, which backed the law. “In 13 years, the U.S. Capitol is going to be powered by electricity that is 100 percent from wind and solar. At the same time, some climate deniers in the Capitol are going to be saying this is impossible to do, but they’re going to be saying that under lights that are powered by wind and solar, disproving the argument that they’re making.”
A van parked near a Sri Lankan church that was bombed on Easter Sunday exploded on Monday, but no injuries have been reported.
The new blast comes amid the inquest into Sunday's coordinated suicide bombings that killed at least 290 people and wounded about 500 more. The country's health minister said Monday that Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for the attack.
Police on Monday discovered three bombs in a van that people reported had been parked near St. Anthony's Shrine since Sunday. Officers tried to defuse the bombs but they detonated, sending pedestrians fleeing in panic.
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The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people.
The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. Another case involves a funeral home employee who was fired after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and dressed as a woman.
The cases will be argued in the fall, with decisions likely by June 2020 in the middle of the presidential election campaign.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren is proposing the elimination of existing student loan debt for millions of Americans, part of a sweeping set of education funding proposals announced as she and other presidential candidates seek to differentiate themselves in a sprawling field.
The Massachusetts senator says the proposal unveiled Monday would eliminate almost all student loan debt for 42 million Americans, canceling $50,000 in debt for each person with household income under $100,000. According to Warren's description of the plan in a piece to be posted on Medium, the debt cancellation proposal would create a one-time cost to the federal government of $640 billion.
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The time is drawing near for the impending birth of the first child for Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. The couple is keeping many details about Meghan's pregnancy and birth plan private and say they don't know the baby's gender yet. Here are some key points about what will be the latest addition to the world's most famous royal family.
Climate change is changing pollen production patterns and impacting everyone with seasonal allergies. Take a deeper look at the problem and see what you can do to help fight off the coughing and sneezing.
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It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it's not.
In the wake of the fire last week that gutted Notre Dame, questions are being raised about the state of thousands of other cathedrals, palaces and village spires that have turned France — as well as Italy, Britain and Spain — into open air museums of Western civilization.
If even an iconic building like Notre Dame could not be protected from devastation, if such a potent symbol of France had to scramble for maintenance funds, that lays bare a culture of apathy that can undermine a shared history as well as the multibillion-dollar tourism industry upon which much of Europe depends.
SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule.
Over the weekend, the Dragon crew capsule that flew to the International Space Station last month was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test stand. SpaceX was testing the Dragon's abort thrusters at Cape Canaveral, Florida, when Saturday's accident occurred.
The company said the test area was clear and no one was injured.
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President Donald Trump says he won't nominate Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve Board, after sources told NBC News that Trump was considering the former pizza company executive and Republican presidential candidate for the role.
Trump tweeted Monday that Cain had asked that Trump not nominate him. Trump called Cain "a truly wonderful man" and "a great American who truly loves our Country" but said he would respect Cain's wishes.
Cain ended his 2012 campaign for president after sexual harassment allegations emerged around his time as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s. He vehemently denied the accusations at the time.
At least 290 people died in eight blasts that took out churches and luxury hotels... View gallery »
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At least 290 people were killed in a series of nine bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Sri Lankan authorities say 39 foreign tourists died in the attacks, including three children of a Danish billionaire. A look at some of the countries whose citizens were among the victims:
The vast majority of the victims were believed to be Sri Lankan citizens, many of them members of the island nation's Christian minority.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election included instances of potential obstruction by President Donald Trump. Here is a rundown of the ten mentioned in...
Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announced Monday morning he is running for president.
"I'm running because we have to beat Donald Trump, and I want us to beat Donald Trump because I love this country," Moulton said in his announcement video.
Moulton was expected to announce his presidential bid in late April. He joins a crowd of Democrat hopefuls for the 2020 race.
In honor of Earth Month, Target is giving car seat recycling a boost with the return of its popular trade-in event.
Need to update your growing child's old car seat for a new size or just looking to get rid of that damaged booster? Target is currently accepting all types of car seats in exchange for a coupon for 20% off select baby gear.
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Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years.
Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this year's total to 626.
That is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported for the whole year. The most before that was 963 cases in 1994.