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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

FILE-This Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 file photo conveyors carry mixed plastic into a device that will shred recycle them at a plastics recycling plant in Vernon, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plast…

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

FILE-In this file photo taken Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, a plastic shopping bag liters the roadside in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

FILE-This file photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, plastic single-use bags are carried past the State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. (AP Photo/Rich Pedronce…

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Irma Salazar, of Santa Ana, Calif., loads plastic grocery bags into her car, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in Santa Ana, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Irma Salazar, left, of Santa Ana, Calif., loads plastic grocery bags into her car as her son Miguel looks on, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in Santa Ana, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

Irma Salazar, left, of Santa Ana, Calif., loads plastic grocery bags into her car as her son Miguel looks on, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 in Santa Ana, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation on Tuesday imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

FILE-This Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 file photo shows a large pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach, Calif. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use …

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California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.

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Ducey, DuVal divided on driver's licenses for dreamers

Ducey, DuVal divided on driver's licenses for dreamers

Candidates for governor disagree on whether "dreamers" should be allowed to drive.

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Steve Farley's not-so-secret plan to become Senate president

Steve Farley's not-so-secret plan to become Senate president

Farley turns his energy (and cash) to helping five Senate candidates.

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Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

MADRID (AP) — An independence vote set for November in Spain's powerful Catalonia region was halted Monday by the nation's constitutional court after the central government mounted a legal case saying the planned referendum would be illegal.

September 29, 2014 1:23 pm Photos

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Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

A dog sits on a balcony decorated with an “estelada” flag, that symbolizes Catalonia's independence, in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting and is expected to announce it intends to challenge the decision of the powerful north…

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Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

Cups decorated with “estelada” flags, that symbolize Catalonia's independence, are on sale in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting and is expected to announce it intends to challenge the decision of the powerful northeastern re…

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Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

People are seen reflected on a huge ballot box, that is to encourage people to vote for a referendum in Catalonia, in Barcelona downtown, Spain, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting and is expected to announce it intends to challenge the decisio…

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High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday.

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Police ease tactics in Hong Kong protest standoff

Police ease tactics in Hong Kong protest standoff

Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday. Pro-democracy protests there have presented the Chinese government with a major political dilemma. 

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Police ease tactics in Hong Kong protest standoff

Police ease tactics in Hong Kong protest standoff

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s embattled police defended their use of tear gas, but softened their tactics Monday after forceful attempts to quell pro-democracy protests drew tens of thousands more people into the streets in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience.

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French conservatives capture control of Senate

PARIS — Conservatives won French Senate elections Sunday to take control of parliament's upper house, handing President Francois Hollande's Socialists a new setback.

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GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

FILE - This March 2, 2014 file photo shows demonstrators lying on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington to protest against the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run Hou…

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GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

GOP cautions that Senate control would have limits

WASHINGTON — How much difference will it make if Republicans win the Senate majority on Nov. 4, joining the GOP-run House against a Democratic White House?

September 28, 2014 10:23 am Photos

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