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10-cent grocery bag fee proposed in New York City PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:13
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City grocery shoppers may soon face a 10-cent fee on all plastic and paper bags, enlisting the nation's largest city in a growing green movement.

The City Council introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose the fee in an effort to spur customers to bring their own reusable bags. Supporters of the bill say it would benefit the city's economy as well as its environment.

"The bags get stuck in storms drains, they cause flooding and they litter our beaches," Councilman Melissa Chen of Manhattan, one of the co-sponsors of the legislation, said at a news conference on the City Hall steps. "And they cost New York City a lot of money."

City residents use 1 billion disposable plastic bags a year and it costs the city $10 million annually to ship used bags to landfills, according to the bills' supporters.

The measure is expected to be voted upon within the next few weeks. If it passes, New York will join such cities as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington to try to curb the use of plastic bags.

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Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:07

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court ordered the telecommunications authority to restore access to Twitter on Wednesday, issuing a temporary injunction five days after the government blocked the social network in Turkey.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters the telecommunications authority would obey the court decision when it received official notice, but reserved the right to appeal. The ban came shortly after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network that has been a conduit for links to recordings suggesting government corruption.

The telecommunications authority had closed off access to Twitter, accusing it of disobeying Turkish court orders to remove content. The move drew international criticism and many Turkish users flouted the ban, finding immediate ways to circumvent it. Even Turkish President Abdullah Gul tweeted his opposition to the blockage.

Lawyers, opposition parties and journalists groups asked courts to overturn the ban, arguing it was illegal and unconstitutional.


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Nissan recalls nearly 990K vehicles for air bags PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 08:14

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling almost 990,000 cars, SUVs and minivans in the U.S. because the front passenger air bags may not inflate in a crash.

The recall affects the Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra models from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV from 2013. Also covered is the Infiniti QX50 SUV from 2014.

The company tells the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat. If that happens, the air bags won't inflate.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will update the software for free. The recall is expected to start in mid-April.


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Workers dangle from ropes to clean Skywalk glass PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:51

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Workers from a Phoenix-based company had an awe-inspiring view as they dangled from ropes to clean the glass at the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge aren't easily accessible. Technicians from Abseilon USA had to hook up a series of ropes before polishing the underside Tuesday.

The structure juts out 70 feet from the edge of the Grand Canyon, offering visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.

Abseilon USA Vice President Kenneth Piposar says the company's work also has included rappelling down into the Grand Canyon to retrieve water bottles, hats and other trash.

The Skywalk is at the west end of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai (WAHL'-uh-peye) reservation, outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park.


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