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European Union lawmakers have voted to include natural gas and nuclear in the bloc’s list of sustainable activities. The European Commission earlier this year made the controversial proposal as part of its plans for building a climate-friendly future, dividing member countries and drawing outcry from environmentalists over what they criticize as “greenwashing.” EU legislators rejected an objection to the proposal in a 328-278 vote on Wednesday. The green labeling system from the European Commission defines what qualifies as an investment in sustainable energy.

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Maine's governor says her state will not cooperate with other states’ investigations into people who seek abortions or health care providers that perform them. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order Tuesday that she said will protect access to abortion in her state. She said she made the order as a response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade. Mills said her order also directs Maine state agencies to review laws and regulations for any barriers to reproductive health care and remove or minimize them.

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The Supreme Court decision June 30 restricting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency may mean continued pollution from power plants in states that are not switching to cleaner energy. But many states are switching and experts say they´ll remain free to keep cleaning up their electrical grids under the new decision. Eighteen states have set 100% clean energy goals, according to the U.S. Climate Alliance, and they represent 42% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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Massachusetts police chiefs should no longer deny or impose restrictions on licenses to carry a gun just because the applicant doesn’t have a “good reason” to carry, the state’s attorney general says. Attorney General Maura Healey released guidance Friday for police chiefs in the wake of the decision overturning a gun-permitting law in New York. Under that law, New York residents needed to show proper cause, or an actual need, to carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense. Healey's guidance says police can still ask applicants their reasons for applying for a license to carry, but can no longer deny or restrict licenses because they believe the person doesn’t have a “good reason.”

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FILE - Taillights trace the path of a motor vehicle at the Naughton Power Plant, Jan. 13, 2022, in Kemmerer, Wyo. The Supreme Court decision June 30, restricting the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency may mean continued pollution from power plants in states that are not switching to cleaner energy. But many states are switching and experts say they'll remain free to keep cleaning up their electrical grids under the new decision. (AP Photo/Natalie Behring, File)

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The Supreme Court’s latest climate change ruling could dampen efforts by federal agencies to rein in the tech industry, which went largely unregulated for decades as the government tried to catch up to changes wrought by the internet. Thursday’s 6-3 decision was narrowly tailored to the Environmental Protection Agency. The court ruled that the EPA doesn’t have broad authority to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to global warming. The precedent is widely expected to invite challenges of other rules set by government agencies.

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Clinics are shutting down abortion services in Texas after the Supreme Court in the nation's second-largest state blocked an order that briefly allowed the procedure to resume in some cases. It's the latest development in legal scrambles taking place across the country following the reversal of reversal of Roe v. Wade. The Friday night ruling stopped a three-day-old order allowing abortions to resume up to six weeks into pregnancy. On Saturday, the American Civil Liberties Union said it doubted that any abortions were now being provided in the state. One provider, Whole Woman’s Health, says the ruling forced it to stop offering the procedure in its four Texas clinics.

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The Supreme Court's ruling on carbon emission controls on power plants this past week has cast light on the world of federal regulation. The ruling is seen as a potential blow to the fight against global warming, and it may have broader implications, too. Federal regulations run through American life, touching on everything we consume, the air we breathe, the water we drink. Regulation has become the go-to way for presidents to make policy when they can’t get Congress to pass a law, as on climate change. Barack Obama and Donald Trump did it, and so does Joe Biden. But the court’s conservative majority said not so fast to Biden.

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FILE - The neon flag on an Army recruiting station is reflected on cars at a red light in New York's Times Square, Oct. 14, 2021. The hand of federal regulation reaches into those cars, governing safety equipment, mileage standards and more, just as it touches everything we consume, the air we breathe, the water we use. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

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FILE - A serving of egg strata and juice is shown April 4, 2016, in Concord, N.H. Federal regulations dictate how many insect parts can exist in the flour such meals are made from, and foods generally are required by federal fiat to list nutrition, specify ingredients and be truthful. Federal regulations run through American life, from morning to night. (AP Photo/J.M. Hirsch, File)