California law bars tanning beds for minors

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

New law bars tanning beds for minors

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he signed legislation that prevents anyone under 18 from using tanning beds. The bill was supported by doctors, nurses and the American Cancer Society. The tanning industry argued that current law — requiring parental consent for children aged 14 to 18 — was sufficient. Supporters said the higher age limit is needed because skin damage caused by the type of radiation used in tanning beds often leads to melanoma, which is skin cancer that can be fatal.

WASHINGTON

Air, space museum opens after protest

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington was open for business and crowded with visitors on Sunday, a day after demonstrators swarmed the building to protest a drone exhibit. Museum spokeswoman Isabel Lara said there were no changes to its security procedures. The museum closed early Saturday afternoon after security guards used pepper spray to repel more than 100 demonstrators who were told they could not enter the building while carrying signs. The spray sickened some.

SOMALIA

Somalis protest attack by militants

Thousands of residents of Mogadishu packed into a stadium Sunday to denounce the Islamist group al-Shabab for the suicide bombing last week that killed scores of people, many of them students.It was one of the largest rallies in years in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital. Many participants cried as politicians and others took turns heaping scorn on the al-Shabab, the militant group that claimed responsibility for Tuesday's truck bombing.

CHINA

Former president attends ceremony

Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese president who was said to have fallen gravely ill in July, appeared at a ceremony Sunday in Beijing, fanning speculation about his health and the role he might play in leadership power struggles next year. Jiang, 85, was seen on state TV standing with other leaders in the Great Hall of the People and singing along with the national anthem to honor the 100th anniversary of the revolution that ended thousands of years of imperial rule and set the stage for the birth of today's China.

Elsewhere

New Zealand: Small amounts of oil from a container ship stuck on a reef began washing up at a New Zealand beach today.

Times wires

California law bars tanning beds for minors

10/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 10, 2011 12:16am]

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