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Gilroy Garlic Festival will come back next year in spite of deadly shooting in July
Sep19

Gilroy Garlic Festival will come back next year in spite of deadly shooting in July

albertc111/iStock(GILROY, Calif.) — The deadly shooting at a California garlic festival is not going to stop the tradition from continuing next year.The organizer of the Gilroy Garlic Festival announced that they are planning to hold the festival agai…

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Trump targets California for plan to deal with homeless on ‘our best streets’
Sep18

Trump targets California for plan to deal with homeless on ‘our best streets’

LPETTET/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump continued to blame local officials in California for an increase in the number of homeless people living on “our best streets,” echoing previous comments about the image hurting the “prestige” of hig…

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Trump revokes California’s waiver on emissions standards, setting up legal fight
Sep18

Trump revokes California’s waiver on emissions standards, setting up legal fight

MCCAIG/iStock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration is revoking a waiver California has had for decades allowing it to impose tougher vehicle fuel efficiency and emissions standards than the federal government — in order to cut air pollution in the state.

Traveling in California, Trump, in a series of tweets, claimed that the move would “produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER.”

He also claimed “Many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” and warned “Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this alternative to California, you will be out of business.”

The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER. This will lead to more production because of this pricing and safety……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019

…. advantage, and also due to the fact that older, highly polluting cars, will be replaced by new, extremely environmentally friendly cars. There will be very little difference in emissions between the California Standard and the new U.S. Standard, but the cars will be….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019

Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told car manufacturers on Tuesday that the administration is moving toward a single “national standard” for vehicle fuel efficiency, an apparent swipe at California’s recent landmark agreement with four major automakers to impose stricter standards.

In a speech at the National Automobile Dealers Association, Wheeler said the administration planned to “bring clarity to the proper and improper scope and use” of a waiver in the Clean Air Act, the federal law intended to curb air pollution.

“One national standard will provide much-needed regulatory certainty to auto makers, dealers and consumers,” Wheeler said.

Trump’s tweets didn’t mention that California last July reached voluntary agreements with four automakers to reduce vehicle emissions, and that other states have embraced the new standards.

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom called Trump’s move a “political vendetta” against the state, while environmental groups vowed to fight the plan in court.

“California won’t ever wait for permission from Washington to protect the health and safety of children and families,” he said.

At least one environmental group has already said it will sue.

In a statement, the Environmental Defense Fund called it “unlawful” for the government to block states from choosing higher standards.

The plan “would be a reckless and unlawful attack on a great American success story,” the group stated.

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A doctor joined an app popular with teens to teach about the dangers of vaping
Sep18

A doctor joined an app popular with teens to teach about the dangers of vaping

high-number/iStock(ROBBINSDALE, Minn.) — One doctor has found a foothold with the trendy social media platform TikTok to try and appeal to teens in hopes of discouraging e-cigarette use.
Dr. Rose Marie Leslie, a family medicine resident at the Univers…

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Merriam-Webster adds ‘they’ as nonbinary pronoun to dictionary
Sep18

Merriam-Webster adds ‘they’ as nonbinary pronoun to dictionary

tacojim/iStock(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Merriam-Webster has added another definition for the word “they” that can be used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary, or someone who expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male or entirely female.

The reference book company used the word as an example in this sentence: “They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary.”

In a post on its website, the company acknowledged that “they” has been used to refer to a single person since the 13th century and that the development of the singular use mirrors the development of the singular use of “you” from the plural “you.”

Merriam-Webster noted that, while some may say the use of “they” in a singular form is ungrammatical, people have used it to describe someone whose gender is unknown for a “long time,” although the nonbinary use of the word is “relatively new.”

“Much has been written on they, and we aren’t going to attempt to cover it here,” the post stated.

We collected enough usage evidence to add ‘deep state.’ https://t.co/4lulTMH8DN pic.twitter.com/l4QEIyCMZW

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 17, 2019

Merriam-Webster also announced the addition of 530 new words on Tuesday, including deep state, dad joke and escape room.

New abbreviations include “vacay,” short for vacation, “sesh,” short for session and “inspo,” short for inspiration.

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