As coal stalls, Wyoming considers new environmental clean-up rules

Enlarge / GILLETTE, Wyo.: A truck loaded with coal is viewed from the Eagle Butte Coal Mine Overlook which is operated by Alpha Coal. The area is a large producer of coal. Gillette uses the moniker of “The Energy Capital of the Nation”. (Photo by (credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images) On Wednesday, […]

European Court rules UK surveillance program violated human rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is the latest to deem the UK government’s mass surveillance program unlawful. Judges ruled the “bulk interception regime” violated the right to privacy and freedom of expression. It said there was “insufficient oversight” over what communications UK agencies were collecting and also noted that there were “inadequate” safeguards […]

Ajit Pai helped Charter kill consumer-protection rules in Minnesota

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter) A court ruling that limits state regulation of cable company offerings was praised by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who says the ruling supports his contention that the FCC can preempt state-level net neutrality rules. The new court ruling found that Minnesota’s state government cannot regulate […]

Ryanair hand luggage: Airline changes rules AGAIN for passengers

Ryanair passengers who had booked a flight from 1 November onwards would have been subject to the new hand luggage changes. This would mean either paying for Priority Boarding at £6, or for a 10kg bag for £8 to be put into the hold. The airline said this would affect all passengers no matter when […]

White House and California Still Discussing Emission Rules, Incredibly

Considering that the Trump administration’s Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles proposal specifically calls for the revocation of California’s power to set its own emissions rules, it’s miraculous that the Golden State is still willing to discuss the issue. But here we are. Administration officials and members of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) […]

Rules on bank lending in poor neighbourhoods are being rethought

THE document is dry, dusted with references to “benchmarks”, “performance evaluation” and “a metric-based framework”. But the 25 pages published on August 28th by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), one of America’s federal bank regulators, may start a protracted dispute over lenders’ obligations to poor neighbourhoods and hence to racial minorities. […]

Travelling to Egypt? New mandatory rules for tourists to be introduced

Egypt hotel Steigenberger Aqua Magic in Hurghada is currently being investigated after British couple John and Susan Cooper died during their stay. Thomas Cook has since removed 301 of the guests from the hotel while the cause of death is investigated, with a local governor confirming a “strange odour” in the room where the couple […]

After Trump announces new rules to save coal, TVA ponders shutting 2 coal units

Enlarge / Water vapor rises from the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. The plant generates and delivers 14 billion kilowatt-hours of coal-fired electricity per year to Western Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images) The federally owned power company […]

UK flights: Hand luggage rules that ban British food from being taken to countries

UK travellers need to abide by strict travel rules when travelling with luggage. Hand luggage bags are currently banned from carrying liquids over 100ml, although that could soon change. Sharp objects are also prohibited to keep the cabin as safe as possible. Yet there are also a number of British food items banned from being […]