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Australian Prime Minister Abandons Climate Targets, Bowing to Party Pressure

SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia abandoned plans for emission targets Monday, bowing to pressure from conservatives who considered toppling Mr. Turnbull’s government over an energy policy that aimed to reduce prices and bring the country into line with international …

Australia

Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what's out there.<p>Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it's thrown away, it doesn't just disappear. Much of it crumbles into …

Pollution

Ignoring Global Warming at Our Peril

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “The Year Global Warming Made Its Menace a Reality” (front page, Aug. 10):<p>When nuclear plants in Europe cease operating because overheated river water can no longer cool them down, you know we’re engaging in climate brinkmanship. Yet our president insists that a bailout for failing …

Boston University

Trump to Relax Rules for Coal-Fired Plants, Likely Leading to Surge in CO2 Emissions

President Donald Trump is set to continue his administration’s methodical effort to dismantle the Obama administration’s signature measures to combat …

Fossil Fuels

Internal ICE emails show how the government set a trap for undocumented spouses of US citizens

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers debrief after operations to arrest undocumented immigrants in New York in April. John Moore/AP<p>Looking …

Immigration

U.S. Does Not Need to Conserve Oil, Trump Administration Says

(WASHINGTON) — Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration declares in a major new policy statement …

Trump Administration

Georgia Elections Board To Close 75% Of Black County's Polling Places

ACLU of Georgia (PDF): To the Members of the Randolph County Board of Elections and Registration,<br>The ACLU of Georgia writes to express grave concern …

Georgia (U.S. State)

In horrifying detail, women accuse U.S. customs officers of invasive body searches

Tameika Lovell was retrieving luggage at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when Customs and Border Protection officers detained her for a random search. It was Nov. 27, 2016, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the school counselor from Long Island had just returned from a short …

Airports

Father faces deportation as 14-year-old son fights rare genetic disease

Santiago Rodriguez, 14, has been fighting a rare, life-threatening genetic disease since he was born, with his loving parents at his side each step …

Immigration

Oral arguments in Texas Obamacare suit set for Sept. 10

Oral arguments have been scheduled for Sept. 10 in a Texas lawsuit seeking to strike down Obamacare as unconstitutional.<p>The case was filed in February by 20 Republican state attorneys general. They’re seeking a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the federal health care law.<p>The Trump …

Health Care

US reaps more than $1.4 billion from steel and aluminum tariffs, report finds

In less than five months, the Trump administration has collected more than $1.4 billion in new revenue from steel and aluminum tariffs, according to …

Tariffs

Security guard opens fire on manager at business he was supposed to be guarding: Police

A security guard in Las Vegas opened fire on the manager of the store he was supposed to be protecting -- and the police officers who came to stop …

Law Enforcement

Under Trump, the cost of living is rocketing. We analyzed why.

The cost of living is rising at its fastest pace in a decade, according to statistics released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. And housing …

Donald Trump has a weird soft spot for asbestos

His EPA is imposing new restrictions but won’t ban it.<p>Asbestos was once hailed as a wonder material for fabrics and insulation. Strong, cheap, lightweight, and fire-resistant, it quickly found its way into everything from concrete to cars in the early 20th century.<p>But people who worked with …

Donald Trump

Court rules Trump administration violated the law by allowing dangerous pesticide

The Trump administration is locked in yet another showdown with the judiciary branch.<p>A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump …

Pesticides

An Arkansas police officer is fired after telling a group of black men 'you don't belong in my city'

<b>(CNN) —</b> An Arkansas police officer has been fired after telling a group of African-American men that "you don't belong in my city."<p>The July 21 encounter with England Police Officer Mike Moore was captured on video by one of the men, Demarcus Bunch, and posted on Facebook on Tuesday.<p>Bunch, 28, said …

Justice

What Laura Ingraham said was awful. And unsurprising.

<b>(CNN) —</b> At the end of her monologue Wednesday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham issued a dire warning to the country: "This is a national emergency, and we must demand that Congress act now."<p>The national emergency wasn't weather-related. It wasn't a shortage of medicine or food. It wasn't a …

United States

U.S. carmakers hit with Chinese tariffs as trade war changes gear

<i>This story is being published for POLITICO as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on scmp.com on Aug. 9, 2018.</i><p>The updated tariff list, published by the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday, will slap 25 percent duties on 333 products instead of the …

Tariffs

Judge blocks deportation of eight asylum seekers claiming to flee violence

A federal judge on Thursday blocked the deportation of eight asylum seekers who claimed to have experienced domestic violence or gang threats in their home countries.<p>U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said in court Thursday that it was unacceptable that the Trump administration had placed …

Immigration

Trump praises Texas AG's lawsuit to repeal DACA

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised a lawsuit led by Texas to repeal an Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, saying he hopes the legal action is “successful.”<p>The lawsuit, which was filed against the Trump administration over …

Donald Trump

Immigrant ordered deported after Justice Department replaces judge

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Judge Steven Morley has overseen the immigration case of Reynaldo Castro-Tum for years. But last month when Castro-Tum was officially ordered deported, it wasn't Morley at the bench.<p>Instead, the Justice Department sent an assistant chief immigration judge from Washington to …

Immigration

Aardvark, the Only Producer Of Paper Straws In the U.S., Just Got Acquired

It’s not just in your head: paper straws are taking over.<p>With more and more cities across the U.S. banning the use of plastic straws and numerous …

Fort Wayne

GM inks innovative deal to cut employee health care costs

General Motors has partnered with an integrated hospital system in Michigan to offer its employees potentially cheaper and more comprehensive health care.<p>The Henry Ford Health System announced on Monday that, together with GM, it will offer its first ever “direct-to-employer” health care …

Health Care

One of the largest banks issued an alarming warning that Earth is running out of the resources to sustain life

One of the world's largest banks says the planet is running out of resources and warns that neither governments nor companies are prepared for climate change.<p>The world spent its entire natural resource budget for the year by August 1, a group of analysts at HSBC said in a note that cited research …

Climate Change

Sorry about your Stage 3 cancer. Here's a bill for $21,000 in charges you thought were covered

When Michele Brough was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in April, her oncologist wasted no time in reaching out to her insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, to obtain pre-approval for a drug that would strengthen her immune system to better withstand chemotherapy.<p>The good news came …

Health Care

Employers are finding new ways to cut health care costs

Employers are getting more involved in their workers' health care in order to keep costs under control.<p>A growing number of companies are contracting directly with hospitals and providers to take care of their employees, according to an annual survey released Tuesday by the National Business Group …

Health Care

Fairfield losing another 126 jobs after TV-maker closes plant, citing Trump tariffs

Beleaguered Fairfield County is losing another 126 jobs after TV-maker Element Electronics said Monday it will close its Winnsboro plant in response …

Donald Trump

ACLU sues Trump administration for denying asylum to those fleeing domestic and gang violence

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to remove asylum protections for victims of domestic and gang violence.<p>The ACLU is arguing against “expedited removal” policies, put forth by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that …

Immigration

Now the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare, four sources with knowledge of the plan …

Immigration

Tenn. Man Fatally Shot After He Steps in to Help Puppy Being Held by the Throat, Fiancée Says

A Tennessee man is in jail accused of murder after police say he shot another man who had stepped in to stop his alleged mistreatment of a dog, …

Crime