AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard
WASHINGTON (AP) — Coming full circle on a campaign promise, the Obama administration will propose Wednesday to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, which has been linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems.

Boehner: I'm ready to 'reappoint' members to special Benghazi panel in new Congress

House Speaker John BoehnerSpeaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent or standing, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January. Boehner’s statement did not mention that another vote would need to occur in order for Gowdy to have a panel to lead or for other Republicans to serve on it.


Perspective-defying photos
It all started when she kissed the Great Sphinx of Giza.

In Modi’s India, green shoots of reform from a desert state
JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - The reformist government that many Indians and free-market flag-bearers had hoped would emerge after this year's election isn't in New Delhi - at least not yet. It's a dusty day's drive to the southwest.

UK service sector grows steadily in three months to November - CBI
LONDON (Reuters) - The services sector that forms the bulk of Britain's economy grew steadily in the three months to November, but companies are growing less optimistic about the outlook, a survey published on Tuesday showed.






British banker's murder trial in Hong Kong adjourned until July
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A court in Hong Kong on Monday adjourned the trial of a 29-year-old British banker charged with killing two women until July because of the length of time needed for prosecutors to prepare their case.






US top court to review power plant emissions rules

Katherine Boswell works in her garden in the shadow of the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, MarylandThe US Supreme Court said on Tuesday it will review national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants. The country's highest court received three complaints from 21 US states and industry groups protesting standards imposed in 2012 that require power plants to cut toxic emissions. The complaints, lodged against the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), oppose the "huge costs" required to comply to the standards. Supreme Court justices issued a brief written order saying they would consider whether the EPA "unreasonably refused to consider costs in determining whether it is appropriate to regulate hazardous air pollutants emitted" by power plants.


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