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Housing Activists Challenge SF’s Google Bus Program On Environmental Grounds
San Francisco city supervisors and affordable housing activists butted heads again over a new pilot program to manage tech commuter shuttles from Silicon Valley-based companies like Google and Facebook. A handful of activist groups say that the new pilot program, which charges tech companies $1 per stop, must undergo environmental review. That would involve a lengthy legal process that could take months or years. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency had previously exempted the pilot program, which was passed back in January, from environmental review. The program is set to charge $1 per stop fee, in part because the city’s transportation agency wasn’t legally allowed to create a revenue-generating program.
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US Sharply Criticizes New Israeli Construction
The White House says that if Israel were to move forward with a controversial housing development in east Jerusalem, it would distance Israel from, quote, "even its closest allies." The sharp criticism came just hours after President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the White House. The two leaders did not mention the new construction project during their remarks to reporters.
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Republicans Plan To Force Obama's Hand On Keystone
Republicans plan to put approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline on a fast track early next year if they win a U-S Senate majority in November. Their goal is to finally force President Barack Obama to make a tough call on the controversial pipeline plan. The 10 billion dollar Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U-S refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the November 4th midterm elections.
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Bethenny Frankel Addresses Rumors She's Returning To The Real Housewives Of New York City
Looks like Bethenny Frankel won't be returning to RHONY as a full-fledged cast member any time soon—but her fans can still get excited. Despite an initial report by Us Weekly that the über-popular Housewife will return to The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny herself is saying it's not true—and that her new plans for TV run deeper than an RHONY return.
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Study Says Half World's Wildlife Has Vanished Since 1970. Is It Misleading?
Humans are causing populations of wildlife around the world to decline at a rate much higher than previously thought, according to a study released Tuesday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The environmental group's biennial Living Planet Report found the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish in the wild dropped more than 50% between 1970 and 2010.
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Truck Deals Help Boost US Auto Sales In September
Big discounts on pickup trucks helped keep U.S. auto sales strong in September. The pace was expected to slow from a blistering August, which was the best month for the industry in eight years. August got a boost from 2014 model year clearance sales and Labor Day promotions. But September held its own, with analysts expecting sales to rise around 10 percent from a year ago. While August was fueled by discounts on midsize cars, September saw good deals on pickup trucks. General Motors and Chrysler hoped to take advantage of Ford, which temporarily closed a truck factory to retool for its new aluminum-clad F-150. Ford cut back on discounts in order to keep more trucks in stock during the shutdown. Ford felt some pain as a result. Ford's sales dropped 3 percent to 180,175, and F-Series truck sales were down 1 percent to 59,863. It was the first time in seven months that Ford's monthly truck sales have dropped below 60,000.
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Apple To Offer Next IPad In Gold
Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad this month and it may come in a new color this time around. Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Apple plans to launch a gold version of its 9.7-inch iPad and the gold version, which would come with a white face, will flank the silver and gray models already available. While major design changes are not expected, the new iPads is rumored to feature Apple's new A8 processor and updated specs. In addition to launching a gold iPad, Apple may also boost the size of its upcoming tablet. The company is reportedly working on a model with a 12.9-inch screen.
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World's 1st Bullet Train, Made In Japan, Turns 50
It was, retired Japanese railway engineer Fumihiro Araki recalls, "like flying in the sky." Zipping cross-country in a super-high-speed train has become commonplace in many countries these days, but it was unheard of when Japan launched its bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka 50 years ago Wednesday. The Shinkansen, as it's called in Japan, gave a boost to train travel in Europe and Asia at a time when the rise of the automobile and the airplane threated to eclipse it.
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Court Says Kansas Democrats Need Not Put Candidate On Ballot
A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the U.S Senate ballot, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an election that may swing control of the chamber. A three-judge panel of the Shawnee County District Court ruled that no one has to replace Democrat Chad Taylor, who dropped out last month. Having no Democrat on the ballot will likely bring more votes to independent Greg Orman in his race against Republican Senator Pat Roberts.
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Verizon Gets In On The Double Data Action With Own Promotion
Verizon Wireless isn't going to be left out of the double data game. After AT&T on Saturday said it would double the amount of data available on higher-end shared family plans and Sprint earlier Wednesday said it would double that amount, Verizon said it too is getting into the mix, adding, and in some cases doubling, the data on its own plans. The limited promotion lasts until Oct. 31 -- the same day that the AT&T and Sprint offers expire.