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EPA to propose rule to clean up tailpipe pollution


EPA to propose rule to reduce car pollution

The Obama administration will unveil a proposal today to clean up gasoline and automobile emissions, a step that officials say will result in cleaner air across the United States and slightly higher prices at the pump. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the rule to reduce sulfur in gasoline and tighten emissions standards on cars starting in 2017 could increase gas prices by less than a penny per gallon and add $130 to the cost of a vehicle in 2025. But the agency says it will yield billions of dollars in health benefits by slashing smog- and soot-forming pollution.


Mayor won't run for a sixth term

Mayor Thomas Menino won't seek re-election to an unprecedented sixth term after nearly two decades in office. Menino told well-wishers Thursday at historic Faneuil Hall that "I will leave the job that I love." His announcement comes in the wake of persistent health problems. Menino wasn't the smoothest of political figures, but he earned a reputation as one of the hardest working, from filling potholes to shaping the city's skyline. He also was a prominent voice nationally for stricter gun control.


Commission set up on voting problems

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Thursday establishing a bipartisan commission to examine problems of voter access after complaints of long lines at polling stations during last year's election. The commission will be headed by the lawyers for last year's presidential campaigns: Robert Bauer, who represented Obama, and Benjamin Ginsberg, who represented Republican Mitt Romney. Seven other members still must be appointed by the president.

United Nations

Three nations block arms treaty

Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked adoption of a U.N. treaty that would regulate the multibillion-dollar international arms trade for the first time, saying it fails to ban sales to terrorists. But after two weeks of intensive negotiations, other countries refused to let it die. Adoption required agreement by all 193 U.N. member states, but some countries said Thursday they would ask Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to bring it before the General Assembly for adoption as soon as possible.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Farm Rich products recalled

Rich Products Corp. is recalling its Farm Rich Mini Quesadillas and other products because of possible E. coli contamination. The recall announced Thursday also includes Farm Rich Mini Pizza Slices, Philly Cheese Steaks and Mozzarella Bites, and Market Day Mozzarella Bites. All were produced Nov. 12-19. Consumers with questions about the recall can call 1-888-220-5955.

Times wires

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  1. Confederacy loses again, this time in court


    TAMPA — While the Hillsborough County commission was wrestling over the future of Confederate monument at the county courthouse, a lawsuit has been playing out in court over how best to represent the Civil War across town at Veterans Memorial Park.

    Supporters of a Civil War display at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum had a brochure made to attract donations. They argue in a lawsuit that their efforts were thwarted when the park's executive committee changed their plans.
  2. Iconic Ballet Nacional de Cuba ballet will perform at Straz in May


    Besides fine tobacco, Ballet Nacional de Cuba is considered by many to be the island nation's most distinctive export.

    Ballet Nacional de Cuba, one of the world's premiere ballet companies, will perform at the Straz Center in May.

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  4. Bucs-Jaguars: Five things to watch Thursday in Jacksonville


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs have their second preseason game here Friday against the Jaguars, and here are five things to keep an eye on as Tampa Bay moves closer to paring its roster from 90 players to 53 by Sept. 3.


    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) participates in training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
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