Sep 30, 2014, 3:07 pm EDT
California has passed a law that bans the use of plastic bags from grocery stores.
Gov. Jerry Brown passed a legislation to do so on Tuesday. Here are five things you should know about the California plastic bag ban:
Single-use plastic bags will no longer be carried by grocers.
Shoppers must now bring their own reusable bag or pay ten cents for a paper bag.
The move is meant to reduce pollution in “beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself,” according to Gov. Brown.
The American Progressive Bag Alliance is rallying to overturn the law via referendum on the 2016 ballot.
The group believes the law is a scam concocted by grocers and union bosses to rob consumers out of billions of dollars.
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Sep 26, 2014, 1:30 pm EDT
The US Postal Service (USPS) wants to test its grocery delivery system nationwide.
The service has filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission for approval of a two-year test of a delivery system consisting of “groceries and other prepackaged goods.”
USPS said that the move could help it rake in between $10 million and $50 million a year. The grocery delivery service is currently being tested in partnership with Amazon (AMZN) in San Francisco. Read
Sep 25, 2014, 1:24 pm EDT
Who will replace Eric Holder as the country’s next Attorney General?
Holder — who’s been in office since 2009 — will announce his resignation today and will retain the position until a successor is named.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considered to be the favorite to be the next Attorney General. He spoke of the importance of the position on Thursday but said he is not the right man for the job at the moment. Read
Sep 19, 2014, 3:32 pm EDT
Citizens of Scotland voted to remain a part of the United Kingdom on Thursday.
The decision to stay with the UK won with 55% of the votes. The other 45% of the votes were for leaving the UK. There was no third option during the voting process, but one was suggested. This option would have given Scots the option to vote for devo-max, which would have Scotland handling most of its own affairs while remaining part of the UK, reports Reuters.
Following voters’ decision to stay with the UK, Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister and head of its independence movement, resigned from office. Salmond was also the head of the Scottish National Party (SNP). He said he won’t run for reelection to be leader of the SNP, The Washington Post notes. Read
Sep 18, 2014, 2:44 pm EDT
Citizens of Scotland are voting over whether or not they want the country to be independent from the United Kingdom.
The vote began Thursday morning at 7 a.m. local time and it runs until 10 p.m. (2 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET). 4.2 million members of Scotland’s 5.3 million population are registered to vote.
The Scotland vote for independence is the largest electorate ever in the country. If it passes by a simple majority, the country would no longer be a part of the United Kingdom along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read