(Reuters) – Single-use plastic bags are set to disappear from California grocery stores over the next two years under a first-in-the-nation state law signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite opposition from various people and groups.
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(The Wall Street Journal) - U.S. troops are arriving in Monrovia, Liberia as part of a plan to build tent hospitals and train local nurses to treat an Ebola epidemic that is showing signs of gaining speed.
(USNews) – Can you name all three branches of the federal government? How about how many votes it takes to override a presidential veto, or what the first 10 amendments to the Constitution collectively are called?
High school senior Samantha Jones and her family learned this week that they have been granted intervenor status in a Superior Court case that contends that reciting the pledge violates the rights of atheists and humanists.
(by Geoff Earle, NY Post) – ISIS uses oil and gas as a major revenue stream to fund its campaign of terror, banking an estimated $1 million to $2 million a day. Other funding sources include ransoms from kidnapping and looting of captured banks.
(The Wall Street Journal) UNITED NATIONS—President Barack Obama implored world leaders to unite against a series of international crises—from the rise of militant group Islamic State, which he called “a network of death,” to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine.
(Washington Post) – …It’s time for you to start paying attention to the 36(!) gubernatorial races on the ballot this fall — where incumbents of both parties are in deep trouble.
(USA Today) – In addition to his annual address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Obama will also attend special U.N. meetings on challenges that are defining his presidency, Ebola, climate change, and the battle against the Islamic State.
(San Jose Mercury News) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to reconsider a ruling that found a California public high school had the legal right to order students wearing American-flag adorned shirts to turn them inside out during a 2010 Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Security forces in Australia have prevented an alleged Islamic State plot to carry out a filmed beheading of a random person in Sydney “within days” as part of a series of gruesome public executions. The plot to pull people off the street and execute them on camera was designed to “shock, horrify and clearly terrify the community.”