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Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Aug. 17, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

Winston-Salem Journal. August 15, 2022. Editorial: Reynolds’ carbon neutrality When we think about Reynolds American Inc., the North Carolina-based tobacco giant, we don’t necessarily think about clean air. But maybe that’ll change one day....

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 17, 2022 18:33 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Youth mental health is in crisis. Are schools doing enough?

Aug. 17, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

CECILIA, Ky. (AP) — For fourth-grader Leah Rainey, the school day now begins with what her teacher calls an “emotional check-in.” “It’s great to see you. How are you feeling?” chirps a cheery voice on her laptop screen. It asks her to click an emoji matching her state of...

Wind energy boom and golden eagles collide in the US West

Aug. 17, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — The rush to build wind farms to combat climate change is colliding with preservation of one of the U.S. West’s most spectacular predators — the golden eagle — as the species teeters on the edge of decline. Ground zero in the conflict is Wyoming, a stronghold...

Over-the-counter hearing aids expected this fall in US

Aug. 16, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans will be able to buy hearing aids without a prescription later this fall, under a long-awaited rule finalized Tuesday. The regulation creates a new class of hearing aids that don't require a medical exam, a prescription and other specialty...

Airbnb is rolling out new screening tools to stop parties

Aug. 16, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb says it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party. The company said Tuesday it has introduced technology that examines the would-be renter's history on Airbnb, how far they live from the...

Creighton students' COVID vaccine mandate appeal dismissed

Aug. 12, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by a handful of Creighton University students who sought to be exempt from the private Catholic school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate last year, arguing that getting the shots would violate their religious beliefs against...

J&J to end sales of baby powder with talc globally next year

Aug. 12, 2022 07:53 AM EDT

Johnson & Johnson is pulling baby powder containing talc worldwide next year after it did the same in the U.S. and Canada amid thousands of lawsuits claiming it had caused cancer. Talc will be replaced by cornstarch, the company said. The company has faced...

Cancellation of Atlanta festival sparks new fight over guns

Aug. 11, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tens of thousands of Music Midtown festivalgoers are no longer going to descend on Atlanta’s massive Piedmont Park next month to cheer on hip-hop star Future or watch beloved rock band My Chemical Romance take the stage. In fact, some people are convinced Atlanta...

Disney+ ad-free subscription cost to rise by 38% in December

Aug. 10, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it is raising prices for streaming subscribers in the U.S. who want to watch Disney+ without ads, as more viewers switch to what CEO Bob Chapek described as the “best value in streaming.” The price increases are tied to a new tiered service Disney...