Duke Energy ends temporary power outages across NC

Overwhelming demand for heat during the region’s arctic plunge forced Duke Energy to roll out controlled blackouts of 15 to 30 minutes across North Carolina Saturday on Christmas Eve. A number of surprised and angry customers took to social media to vent about the rare and surprising action. The Charlotte-based utility stopped the rolling outages … Read more

Google to bring the heat to Samsung with its future phones

Details about all upcoming Pixel smartphones from Google have been leaked, thanks to a new report from Android Authority. The company’s smartphone launch strategy for 2023, 2024, and 2025 has been revealed. According to the publication, Google might launch as many as fifteen smartphones over the next three years. Interestingly, Google plans to launch foldable … Read more

Mask mandates fail to make a comeback, despite pleas from public health experts

A protective face mask lies on the sidewalk in New York City on Oct. 26. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) COVID-19 updates. View latest news. WASHINGTON—Coronavirus infection rates rose steadily through the first half of November across Los Angeles County, then began to climb sharply around the long Thanksgiving weekend. As a result, on Dec. 1, the county’s … Read more

These Doomed Candidates Could Help Trump Survive a Primary

Photo Illustration by Erin O’Flynn/The Daily Beast/Getty Images There’s a famous scene in Austin Powerswhere Mike Myers runs over a security guard with a steamroller. What makes this horrific act funny is that the steamroller looks to be going about 2 mph, and the security guard (who is at least 30 feet away) just stands … Read more

Taliban orders NGOs to ban female employees from coming to work

CNN — The Taliban administration in Afghanistan has ordered all local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to stop their female employees from coming to work, according to a letter by the Ministry of Economy sent to all licensed NGOs. Non-compliance will result in revoking the licenses of said NGOs, the ministry said. The ministry in … Read more