PANEL SEEKS TO BLOCK FDA “VAPING” RULES
WASHINGTON» A House panel is again trying to exempt increasingly popular e-cigarettes from new Food and Drug Administration rules.
The legislation approved Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market. It would exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations. E-cigarette products introduced in the future would face the safety reviews.
Court weighs if animal owns its selfies.
A federal appeals court has heard arguments on whether a curious monkey with a knack for pressing a camera button can hold a copyright. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to administer all proceeds from the photos to benefit the monkey. A threejudge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court on Wednesday appeared puzzled by PETA’s role in the case. A British nature photographer published the selfies that the monkey snapped with his unattended camera.
Where’s Rey? Monopoly figure still missing.
The Rey character from the “Star Wars” version of Monopoly apparently is in a land far, far away. An Illinois girl wrote to Rhode Island-based game-maker Hasbro 18 months ago to say “girls matter” and to ask it to add the female character to the game, but is still waiting. Hasbro had promised the girl it would add the Rey piece. It said on Wednesday it made the Rey piece but sets with Rey aren’t available in the U.S.
Neighbors don’t want to pay for coal ash cleanup
RALEIGH, N.C.» The nation’s largest electric company wants regulators in North Carolina to force consumers to pay nearly $200 million a year to clean up coal ash, the toxic byproducts of burning coal. The request by Duke Energy Corp. doesn’t sit well with neighbors of the power plants who have been living on bottled water since toxic chemicals appeared in nearby wells. They say shareholders and executives at the $59 billion company should pay for the cleanup, which could cost more than $5 billion in the Carolinas alone.