Sen. Ru­bio: Keep day­light sav­ing time year round

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Ru­bio is fil­ing leg­is­la­tion that would let Florida and the na­tion keep day­light sav­ing time all year.

The Florida Repub­li­can is in­tro­duc­ing the “Sun­shine Pro­tec­tion Act” and the “Sun­shine State Act” on Wed­nes­day.

The first bill would make day­light sav­ing time per­ma­nent across the coun­try.

Cur­rently, it runs from

March to Novem­ber.

Most Amer­i­cans must set their clocks ahead one hour in the spring and then turn them back in Novem­ber.

The sec­ond bill would let Florida re­main in day­light sav­ing time on its own.

Last week the Florida Leg­is­la­ture agreed to make Florida the first state to adopt year-round day­light sav­ing time statewide. But the change can­not take ef­fect un­less Congress changes fed­eral law.

Ru­bio said keep­ing day­light sav­ing time year-round would ben­e­fit the econ­omy.

▶WAL­MART’S ON­LINE SAME-DAY GRO­CERY READY FOR PRIME TIME:

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal­mart is ex­pand­ing its same-day on­line gro­cery de­liv­ery ser­vice to more than 40 per­cent of U.S. house­holds, or 100 metro ar­eas, by year-end as it tries to keep pace with on­line leader Ama­zon.com.

The ser­vice is cur­rently avail­able in six mar­kets. Wal­mart is build­ing on its on­line gro­cery pickup pro­gram that uses per­sonal shop­pers to pick items and then take them to shop­pers’ cars parked at the curb. It says it will con­tinue to use ride-hail­ing ser­vices like Uber to de­liver the goods to shop­pers’ homes as it ex­pands the ser­vice.

Shop­pers pay a flat fee of $9.95 but they are also re­quired to spend at least $30 per or­der.

Ama­zon’s pur­chase of Whole Foods Mar­ket last year has raised the stakes in the gro­cery wars.

▶SNAKE VLOG­GER FACES NEW SET OF SCALES OVER AN­I­MAL CRU­ELTY:

CAS­CADE, Md. (AP) — Ten snakes with the po­ten­tial to de­liver a fa­tal bite to hu­mans were found at the home of a Mary­land res­i­dent pop­u­larly known as “VenomMan20.”

The Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice an­nounced Mon­day 28-year-old Bran­don Joseph Boyles had posted videos to YouTube un­der that moniker, at­tract­ing mil­lions of views.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tor learned that Boyles took five ven­omous snakes, three al­li­ga­tors and a croc­o­dile he owned when he left his job at the Ca­toctin Zoo and Wildlife Pre­serve last Septem­ber. In Novem­ber, he turned in a Dusky Pygmy Rat­tlesnake, prompt­ing a search war­rant.

Of­fi­cers found two dead co­bras in a freezer and snakes housed in poor con­di­tions in habi­tats that could al­low easy es­cape.

▶JUDGE SIDES WITH TRANS­GEN­DER BOY OVER LOCKER ROOM POL­ICY:

ST MICHAELS, Md. (AP) — A trans­gen­der boy’s law­suit over a pol­icy bar­ring him from us­ing the male locker room at his Mary­land high school is mov­ing for­ward.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ports U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ge­orge L. Rus­sell III be­came the first judge in a Mary­land case to rule trans­gen­der stu­dents’ right to use fa­cil­i­ties match­ing their gen­der iden­ti­ties is pro­tected by fed­eral and state law.

Rus­sell’s opin­ion this week says St. Michaels Mid­dle High School’s pol­icy is dis­crim­i­na­tory, forc­ing the 15-year-old to use a sep­a­rate gen­der-neu­tral re­stroom to dress for gym class. The teen is iden­ti­fied as “M.A.B.” in the suit against the Tal­bot County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion.

Rus­sell noted courts have stopped en­force­ment of fed­eral poli­cies vi­o­lat­ing trans­gen­der rights un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

▶SNOW JOKE: WEATH­ER­MAN NAMED ME­TE­O­ROL­O­GIST RUNS FOR OF­FICE:

LAN­CASTER, Pa. (AP) — A for­mer TV weath­er­man who legally changed his name to Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Drew An­der­son says there’s a 100 per­cent chance he’ll run for Congress in Penn­syl­va­nia un­der the new moniker.

LNP re­ports An­der­son is col­lect­ing sig­na­tures to get on the Repub­li­can pri­mary bal­lot for a run against U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker. An­der­son says he’s look­ing for a cli­mate change in Wash­ing­ton.

LNP says An­der­son lives in West Chester but may move to Lan­caster if he wins.

It says the weath­er­man changed his name from Drew An­der­son last year and left his job at WPMT-TV Fox 43 in York two weeks ago. An­der­son also has worked for NBC af­fil­i­ate WGAL-TV in Lan­caster and as a science teacher.

▶LATE GOV­ER­NOR’S ASHES TO SPEND TIME IN A BAR, PER HIS WISHES:

JER­SEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jer­sey’s late gover­nors is get­ting his wish: His ashes will spend some time in a sa­loon.

A cer­e­mony at Healy’s Tav­ern in Jer­sey City on Fri­day will honor for­mer Demo­cratic Gov. Bren­dan Byrne, who died in Jan­uary at age 93.

Byrne used to joke he wanted his ashes placed in Hud­son County, known for its his­tory of po­lit­i­cal shenani­gans, so he could stay ac­tive in pol­i­tics.

Demo­cratic for­mer Gov. Jim McGreevey is host­ing the event at the bar, which is owned by a for­mer mayor.

Byrne’s son says the event will be fun but adds the ashes will have a per­ma­nent home else­where.

Byrne served two terms as gov­er­nor in the 1970s. An event hon­or­ing his legacy is planned for April 13 at Prince­ton Univer­sity.

▶MICHI­GAN COL­LEGE CAN­CELS CLASSES AF­TER RACIST GRAF­FITI FOUND:

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Classes have been can­celed for the day at Kettering Univer­sity in Michi­gan as au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gate racist graf­fiti found at a res­i­dence hall.

The Flint Jour­nal re­ports that let­ters sent to staff, fac­ulty and stu­dents note at least two re­cent cases of racist and pro­fane graf­fiti at Thomp­son Hall on the school’s cam­pus in Flint.

The univer­sity can­celed classes Tues­day for its roughly 2,000 stu­dents for a school-wide meet­ing, though the meet­ing was later post­poned. The en­gi­neer­ing, science, math and busi­ness school says the graf­fiti re­ported Thurs­day and Sun­day was im­me­di­ately re­moved.

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