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How has California's energy grid been impacted by a recent heatwave?
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    California narrowly averts an electricity crisis amid scorching heat. [Read free here]
    New York Times (Moderate Left) • Factual Grade 85% • 7 min read

    After a scorching Labor Day weekend, temperatures soared even higher on Tuesday. About 42 million Americans were under excessive heat warnings, including those in parts of Nevada and Arizona, with red-flag fire conditions covering the Pacific Northwest, Montana and Idaho. [San Francisco Bay Area] trains operated at reduced speeds because of the potential for heat-warped tracks to cause derailments.
    By midafternoon, the state had broken a record, set 16 years ago, for energy use. Throughout the day, officials pleaded for conservation. At 5:30 p.m., California ISO [which manages most of the state’s grid] issued its highest level of alert — the last precursor for blackouts, and a few cities cut power to some areas over the course of about an hour.
    Blackouts can have severe consequences for the most vulnerable, particularly older people who cannot handle high temperatures or who rely on lifesaving devices. And politically, outages have loomed perilously over California leaders ever since Gray Davis was recalled as governor in 2003.
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    How to create a more resilient power grid to avoid blackouts.
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Should employers have to provide coverage for drugs they oppose on religious grounds?

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Has the rise of vaping significantly impacted adolescents' health?

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Yes - When I was a teen, cigarette smoking was largely frowned upon. As a high school teacher now, almost all of my students vape, and have been barraged with advertising claiming that it's better for their health than cigarettes. Add that to the fact that vaping comes in "fun" flavors like "cotton candy" and it doesn't smell as bad as cigarettes, so can be done discreetly almost anywhere, and you've got a new generation hooked on nicotine that may not have been otherwise.

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No - Vaping is significantly less harmful than...

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What does US intelligence indicate about Russia's potential arms imports?

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