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.
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.
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.