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EPA to propose rule to clean up tailpipe pollution

Washington

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.

Boston

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.

Washington

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. Half of Florida lawmakers fail or nearly fail review of support for public records

    State Roundup

    WEST PALM BEACH — Half of Florida's legislators failed or nearly failed in a review of their support for public records and meetings given by Florida newspapers and an open-government group after this year's legislative sessions.

    State Senator Bill Galvano, R- Bradenton (left) and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran ranked on opposite sides of the spectrum in an analysis of support for open records. Galvano scored a B-minus and Corcoran scored a D-plus.
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  2. Yale dean on leave over offensive Yelp reviews leaves post

    Bizarre News

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Yale University dean who was placed on leave over offensive reviews she posted on Yelp has left her position at the Ivy League institution, school officials said Tuesday.

  3. Federal agencies demand records from SeaWorld theme park

    Tourism

    ORLANDO — Two federal agencies are reportedly demanding financial records from SeaWorld.

    Killer whales Ikaika and Corky participate in behaviors commonly done in the wild during SeaWorld's Killer Whale educational presentation in this photo from Jan. 9. SeaWorld has been subpoenaed by two federal agencies for comments that executives and the company made in August 2014 about the impact from the "Blackfish" documentary. 
[Nelvin C. Cepeda/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS]
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    Bucs

    OJ Howard (far right) is seen in a photo from his adolescent years at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Howard served as an usher in addition to attending regular services at this church.