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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.

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems...



  • In a Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, Jodi Arias looks at her defense attorney during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Jury Selection Begins in Penalty Retrial of Arias

    About two dozen potential jurors who said they could not be impartial were dismissed Monday in the penalty retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias, as prosecutors again seek a death sentence in the Arizona case that became a tabloid TV sensation. About 300 prospective jurors reported to the courthouse in Phoenix, with more to come if an impartial panel cannot be found among the first group...

  • Caught in the Act? Videos of Police Can Mislead

    A man walks through Wal-Mart, holding something to his ear as he passes a gun case. He leans toward a shelf and steps back into view, now holding a long, dark object - a gun? - as he walks past customers, who show no obvious reaction...

  • National Adoption Day in Minnesota, 2012 Number of US Kids in Foster Care Up after Long Dip

    After dropping for seven straight years, the number of U.S. children in foster care rose slightly last year, according to new federal figures released Monday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier...

  • n this Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. INFLUENCE GAME: Government Takes on the Internet

    Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster? The Federal Communications Commission is tackling that question this fall after the public submitted a record 3.7 million comments on the subject...

  • A Sept. 23, 2014 photo provided by the Denver District Attorney's Office shows Michael Whitington with a broad, toothy smile and eyes open wide after his Sept. 23, 2014 arrest in Denver. Big Smile in Denver Bank Robbery Suspect Mug Shot

    The mug shot of a man captured after trying to flee a bank robbery in Denver shows him flashing a broad, toothy grin. The photo was taken after 45-year-old Michael Whitington's Sept. 23 arrest...