A driver uses a cell phone, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, in Freeport, Maine. On Saturday, Sept. 12, a new law makes failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle while distracted a traffic infraction in Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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Sierra SunTower, a new solar facility in Lancaster, Calif., generates electricity for Southern California Edison. It was activated in August. Courtesy of eSolar hide caption

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Sun Gold tomatoes can be on restaurant plates in San Francisco in less than 24 hours. Beth Hoffman for NPR hide caption

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