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The Coronavirus Crisis

Pandemic Electric Bills Are Searing Hot, As Families Stay Home

With lights out in many offices and millions of people plugging in at home, residential power bills are soaring, even as overall electricity consumption slumps during the recession.

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Late Distant.lo

Caribou from the Porcupine caribou herd are seen migrating onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. The Interior Department hopes to conduct a lease sale for oil and gas drilling in the coastal plain by the end of 2020. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/AP hide caption

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Trump Administration Moves Closer To Allowing Oil Drilling In Arctic Refuge

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Stretched Home The Album Leaf
Low Down The Album Leaf
Forever Only Arms and Sleepers

The Trump administration has announced its third new political appointee in less than two months at the U.S. Census Bureau, which is headquartered in Suitland, Md. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Amid Partisan Concerns, Another Trump Appointee Joins Census Bureau's Top Ranks

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White Sedan Fazer
Nighthawks Enemies feat. Heathers
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Russell Crowe plays a man who hunts down a woman who honks and passes him at a traffic stop in Unhinged. Skip Bolen/Solstice Studios hide caption

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'We'll Find Out If We're Geniuses Or Idiots': 'Unhinged' To Open In Theaters

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Learn to Say Sorry David Buckley
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Pandemic Electric Bills Are Searing Hot, As Families Stay Home

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The Spirit Noble Oak
Dream-Spark Noble Oak
Serenity Abaji feat. Vardan Grigoryan
Route & Roots Abaji
Forest2 Soda Island and Avionics

Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, from left, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Joseph "DJ Run" Simmons of the hip-hop group Run-DMC in 2002. Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday in Mizell's death, a case that has gone unsolved for nearly two decades. Vince Bucci/Getty Images hide caption

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2 Men Charged In Long-Unsolved Killing Of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay

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Lost Thoughts Fatb feat. ZENDR
Cianite Fatb feat. Flitz&Suppe
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