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Stricter plastic bag ban in effect in Delaware

Jul. 03, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A tightened-up plastic bag ban has taken effect in Delaware. The law prohibiting all businesses other than restaurants from distributing plastic carryout bags kicked in Friday, the News Journal reported. Some establishments are instead...

Ruling could dampen government efforts to rein in Big Tech

Jul. 03, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

The Supreme Court’s latest climate change ruling could dampen efforts by federal agencies to rein in the tech industry, which went largely unregulated for decades as the government tried to catch up to changes wrought by the internet. In the 6-3 decision that was narrowly tailored...

Californians to vote on 7 ballot measures this November

Jul. 02, 2022 23:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California voters will weigh in on seven ballot measures this fall, the fewest to appear on a statewide general election ballot since 2014. Thursday was the deadline to qualify measures for the November ballot. Secretary of State Shirley Weber confirmed...

Texas clinics halt abortions after state high court ruling

Jul. 02, 2022 18:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Clinics were shutting down abortion services in the nation's second-largest state Saturday after the Texas Supreme Court blocked an order briefly allowing the procedure to resume in some cases, the latest in legal scrambles taking place across the U.S. following the reversal...

Regulator urges Germans to prepare for possible gas shortage

Jul. 02, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Fearing Russia might cut off natural gas supplies, the head of Germany's regulatory agency for energy called on residents Saturday to save energy and to prepare for winter, when use increases. Federal Network Agency President Klaus Mueller urged house and apartment...

From AM to PM, the fickle force of government is with you

Jul. 02, 2022 09:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you groggily roll out of bed and make breakfast, the government edges up to your kitchen table, too. Unlike you, it's perky. It's an unseen force in your morning. The government makes sure you can see the nutrients in your cereal. It fusses over your toast,...

Medication abortion is common; here's how it works

Jul. 02, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

Medication abortions became the preferred method for ending pregnancy in the U.S. even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. These involve taking two prescription medicines days apart — at home or in a clinic. Abortion procedures are an invasive medical technique that...

With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks

Jul. 02, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Tourism is booming again in France — and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited" or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. ...

Australia prioritizes reducing emissions and cheaper EVs

Jul. 02, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government is putting climate change at the top of its legislative agenda when Parliament sits next month for the first time since the May 21 election, with bills to enshrine a cut in greenhouse gas emissions and make electric cars cheaper, a minister...

Texas Supreme Court blocks order that resumed abortions

Jul. 02, 2022 01:27 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court order late Friday night that said clinics could continue performing abortions, just days after some doctors had resumed seeing patients after the fall of Roe v. Wade. It was not immediately clear whether Texas...