PANEL SEEKS TO BLOCK FDA “VA­P­ING” RULES

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - — The Associated Press

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.

SAN FRAN­CISCO»

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.

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