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ACC Votes To Block Companies From Shutting Off Power During Hottest Months

By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- State utility regulators voted today to block electric companies under their purview from shutting off power to customers who do not pay their bills from June 1 through Oct. 15.

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A Florida prosecutor is deciding whether to pursue charges against a woman who turned in her husband's guns to local police while he was in jail on a domestic violence charge.

Humiliation. In China, it is a word laden with history and identity that is playing a role in the high-stakes trade war between the U.S. and China.

This month, I was visiting China with a small group of journalists for 10 days, and the word "humiliation" came up over and over again in conversations both public and private, in meetings with top government officials, university scholars, think tankers and corporate executives.

In 1997, Emily Nussbaum was a PhD student at NYU, studying literature and "foggily planning on becoming a professor," when an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed her life.

At the turn of this century, television was still considered unserious, "a disposable product, like a Dixie Cup," Nussbaum writes. It was also bad for you — in "the much-quoted (although possibly apocryphal) words of nineties comic Bill Hicks," it was "a spiritually harmful act, like 'taking black spray paint to your third eye.'"

El Salvador's new president ran his campaign largely on social media and his first actions as president have been made through tweets. His supporters love it. His detractors describe it as autocratic.

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Hong Kongers are showing the world how to protest.

Claire Lombardo's The Most Fun We Ever Had probably won't be the most fun you'll ever have (I hope not, for your sake), but it's a wonderfully immersive read that packs more heart and heft than most first novels. Lombardo, a Chicago native and recently minted University of Iowa MFA graduate, has crafted an intricate multigenerational saga about the vicissitudes of a passionate but not perfect marriage over a 40-year span.

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