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California Enacts Nation’s First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban



California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill banning single-use plastic bags Tuesday, making California the first state to bar their use. Environmentalists have hailed the law as a major victory, and plastics manufacturers are already seeking to overturn it.

“This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” Brown said in a statement on his website. Prior to Tuesday’s enactment of the statewide ban, 120…

10,000 Pigeons Undergo Anal Security Checks for China National Day



The 10,000 pigeons selected to participate in the National Day of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1 were inspected for suspicious objects by security officials this week. Thoroughly inspected.

According to a tweet by People’s Daily, China’s government-sponsored newspaper, each of the birds was anally examined, ensuring they weren’t carrying, you know, suspicious things or whatever.

10,000 pigeons go through…

In Hong Kong, All Eyes on Beijing’s Next Move



HONG KONG— An almighty thunderstorm lashed the streets of the city. Earlier in the day, skyrocketing pollution levels had triggered a health warning from authorities. And yet on Tuesday night in Hong Kong, people took to the streets in the tens of thousands to continue a days-long protest, calling for more democracy.

Protesters cheerfully gathered in the middle of otherwise busy highways, which have been barricaded and…

Through Darkness and Rain, Hong Kong’s Protesters Pledge to Stay ‘Forever’



HONG KONG — Hong Kong Central and Admiralty were packed with tens of thousands of people late Tuesday night through early Wednesday morning, as Mashable took a midnight walk through the protest areas.

The crowd was relaxed

Masses of protestors’ sleeping bodies sprawled across some of the busiest roads in Hong Kong, which remain closed to traffic. Others huddled in groups under umbrellas, with white napkins…

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CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed in U.S.



The CDC has confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

A North Texas hospital previously had announced it had a patient in strict isolation based on his or her symptoms and recent travel.

“Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has admitted a patient into strict isolation to be evaluated for potential Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) based on the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history. The hospital is following all Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of…

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How My Hong Kong Home Turned Into the Frontline Against Beijing



HONG KONG — Surreal. That’s what was running through my head as I raced through one of Hong Kong’s biggest highways on Sunday night, dodging canisters of tear gas with more than a thousand other pro-democracy protesters behind me. A 50-strong police line was advancing, pushing the crowd up a flyover. It was hard to reconcile how my orderly, efficient hometown, a cosmopolitan financial hub had turned into a scene that didn’t look too dissimilar from a war movie set

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Live Updates: Hong Kong Protesters Stay Put as China Refuses to Back Down



Protesters are continuing to flood the streets of Hong Kong as the pro-democracy demonstrations enter a pivotal day, Oct. 1, the beginning of a two-day national holiday to celebrate the Republic of China. The activists of Occupy Central (also known as the Umbrella Revolution) had set Wednesday as the deadline for the government to meet their demands for free elections in 2017.

But Hong Kong’s leader said…

Microsoft Overhauls MSN Ahead of Big Windows Announcement



Microsoft released a completely redesigned MSN web portal ahead of its scheduled Windows announcement on Tuesday.

The company also announced new versions of its MSN apps on Windows and Windows Phone 8.1 will become available on Tuesday

The new site is built on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, which the company says will increase its reliability and “agility for a cloud-first, mobile-first world.”

Microsoft released a…

Apple Gets Illegal Tax Rebates From Ireland, EU Says



BRUSSELS — Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union’s competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker’s overseas tax practices.

If the EU’s preliminary finding is confirmed over the coming months, Apple could face a repayment bill worth billions of dollars because it funnels the bulk of its international sales through subsidiaries in Ireland, where it benefits from low, negotiated tax…

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Hong Kong Leader Says Beijing Won’t Back Down



HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s leader said Tuesday that China won’t back down from its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub, dashing hopes that the standoff between demonstrators and authorities could be resolved quickly through negotiations.

As pro-democracy protests that have blocked Hong Kong’s streets entered a fifth day, the unequivocal statement from Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying does not come as a surprise. Showing a willingness to talk would have made the Chinese…