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EnviroCab Adds All-Electric Nissan Leaf To Its Fleet

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Anyone interested in driving an all-electric vehicle in Virginia may have the opportunity to take a test ride by simply catching a cab. That's because EnviroCab in Arlington is the first cab company in the region to add an all-electric car to its fleet.

The Nissan Leaf will boost the number of vehicles in service at the company to 50. EnviroCab already operates 49 hybrid taxis including Toyota Priuses, Camry hybrids, and Highlander hybrids. 

The company purchases carbon offsets to cover the emissions its cabs do produce. The launch of the all-electric taxi as a "test," as the company moves toward its goal of a fleet with zero emissions, according to an EnviroCab representative.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

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