Will the next SCOTUS nominee determine the fate of the Clean Power Plan?

The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan is arguably the most significant environmental regulation to come out of Washington in decades. The CPP calls for dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, and has been hailed as proof of America’s commitment to combating climate change. But a rare move by the Supreme Court has halted implementation of the CPP and created significant uncertainty for the future of U.S. energy and environmental policy.

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Who profits from the Apple vs. FBI showdown?

In this issue: How the standoff between Apple and the FBI spells more business for security firms. Growing threats from phony e-mails. Cellular firms betting heavily on 5G networks as their next cash cow. AT&T and Intel testing wireless airwaves for drones. How good is your state for tech innovation? Facebook’s new global telecom project. Good stock picks in the Nasdaq for dividend hunters.

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Can OPEC cap production and prop up oil prices?

The latest jolt to the always volatile oil markets: Talk coming out of OPEC about a possible move to tighten supplies, which has set off a bit of a rally in crude prices. But does the talk add up to much? And are there any other reasons to bet on (or against) a longer-term upward move in oil?

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Will Google’s home internet come to your town? … plus other tech news

Google’s big plans for home Internet. Coming apps for TV. Growing use of lasers by manufacturers. Our interview with computer scientist and author Eric Siegel. Phones and smart watches with supercharged connectivity. New threats to national security from cutting-edge technology.

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Guess which industries aren’t happy about cheap oil

It’s impossible to miss all the headlines these days about the crash in energy prices and the damage it is doing to the balance sheets of firms in the oil, gas and coal businesses. But the ripples from the price plunge extend beyond the coal miners and ExxonMobils of the world. A slew of industries tied to the energy world are also suffering, with little relief in sight.

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Will La Nina save natural gas?

Oil and natural gas prices remain in the doldrums, and the odds of an immediate turnaround look long indeed. But with these volatile markets, you can never say never. And while unlikely in the short term, there are a couple of wild card factors that could give energy markets a lift later this year.

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