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Hong Kong bans wearing masks at protests

Hong Kong's leader invoked rarely-used emergency powers to ban people from wearing face masks during public assemblies, a move that enraged thousands of protesters who marched through streets across the territory on Friday night.

Beijing bans solo tourists from heading to Taiwan

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it will suspend a program allowing solo tourists from 47 cities to visit Taiwan, amid rising cross-strait tensions.

Budding NC hemp industry could suffer major setback

The North Carolina House Agriculture Committee voted Friday afternoon to pass an amendment to the 2019 Farm Act which could deal a major blow to the budding hemp industry in the state.

Ban on rideshare surge pricing lifted for College World Series

Faced with the prospect of a transportation squeeze as the College World Series sets up shop, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has issued an executive order to halt a ban on dynamic pricing, so-called surge pricing, by Uber and Lyft drivers.

Maryland judge rescinds block against transgender military ban

A federal judge in Maryland cleared the way Thursday for the Pentagon to put in place a Trump administration policy banning most transgender individuals from serving in the military, a move advocates said left only one temporary block in place against the ban.

White House again changes phone policy

After Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed last month that she secretly taped White House chief of staff John Kelly as he fired her in the Situation Room, a change was made to the West Wing's phone policy.

Halogen light bulbs to be banned in Europe

Halogen light bulbs will be banned in Europe on September 1 to encourage consumers to switch over to the more energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

Disney is the latest company doing away with plastic straws

The Walt Disney Company plans to eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all Disney-owned and operated locations by the middle of 2019, the company announced Thursday in a news release.