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Solar Plane (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

Solar Plane Circumventing Globe to Demonstrate 5G is Near

The Solar Impulse 2 flew from Hawaii’s Kalaeloa Airport to Google-controlled Moffett Airfield in 62 hours this week, providing proof-of-concept that a solar-powered drones will soon be bringing 5G wireless communications to the world without a drop of fossil fuel.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge fog (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

San Francisco Politicians Require Solar Panels in Fog City

Despite San Francisco not being an economically attractive location to site solar panels, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation this week requiring new construction in “Fog City” shorter than 10 floors to have at least 15 percent of rooftops “solar ready” — clear and unshaded — for installation of solar panels or water heaters.

Clinton Theranos (JP Yim / Getty)

Theranos: Feds Launch Criminal Investigation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have opened criminal and civil probes into blood-testing company Theranos, just days after reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services were proposing to shutter its labs and ban its founder from the medical testing business.

Lego Caltrain (Bill Ward / Flickr / CC)

Cal High-Speed Rail Wins Dubious ‘Golden Fleece’ Award

The California High-Speed Rail Authority won the Independent Institute’s first California Golden Fleece Award for its lack of transparency and a history of misleading the public about the merits of a “bullet train” that no longer reflects what voters approved in 2008.

Jungle Book (Ian Gavan / Getty / Walt Disney Studios)

The Jungle Book Rocks All Ages at the Book Office

The Jungle Book, a remake of the 1967 Disney classic, grossed the sixth-highest opening weekend for a children’s movie last weekend, as the beloved tale of a boy adopted by a wolves and his journey to manhood dazzled all ages of viewers and earned top critic reviews.

Puerto Rico statues (Ron Kroetz / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Congress Fears 1 Million Puerto Ricans Migrating to Mainland

Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi know that if Puerto Rico misses missing general obligation bonds interest payments on May 1, it will soon not have sufficient cash flow to pay government salaries and welfare benefits — and an exodus to the U.S. mainland could follow.

Puerto Rico bailout (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Conservatives Blast Puerto Rico $33B Debt Forgiveness

Although House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned that Congress needs to “bring order to the chaos” in Puerto Rico, conservative House Republicans are giving the cold shoulder to a plan that would let Puerto Rico wipe out $33 billion of its $73 billion debt in bankruptcy.

Lithium mining (Dado Galdieri / Associated Press)

Spiking Lithium Prices Could Dent Tesla’s Profits

Despite huge push-back Breitbart News received for warning April 1 that spiking lithium price inflation could seriously damage or destroy Tesla Motors, Inc.’s business model, Goldman Sachs has declared a new bull market in lithium, reflecting rising prices.

Unemployment; Jobs; Job Fair; women

Young Adults Squeezed Out of Workforce

Although the Obama Administration is celebrating the longest consecutive period of unemployment claims under 300,000 since 1973, one major reason claims are low is that a record 93,175,000 mostly younger Americans have been squeezed out of the workforce.