Regulation

By Defining Sex, Some States Denying Transgender People Legal Recognition

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and... Read More

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and snide comments whenever he has to hand over his driver's license, which still identifies him as female. They've come from... Read More

EPA Approves Year-Round Sales of Higher Ethanol Blend in Eight Midwest States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drivers in eight Midwestern states will be able to fuel up with a higher blend of... Read More

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drivers in eight Midwestern states will be able to fuel up with a higher blend of ethanol throughout the year under a final rule announced Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency. The biofuels industry and farming groups,... Read More

2024-02-21 22:01:54
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Looks at EPA’s Justification for Rule to Block Interstate Pollution

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether to keep the Environmental Protection Agency’s good neighbor rule that... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether to keep the Environmental Protection Agency’s good neighbor rule that requires states to clean up their industrial pollution that could be carried by wind into neighboring states. Indiana, Ohio and... Read More

2024-02-09 21:47:55
by Tom Ramstack
FCC Bans Robocalls Using Voices Generated by Artificial Intelligence

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission released a decision Thursday to ban robocalls with voices generated by artificial intelligence. The... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission released a decision Thursday to ban robocalls with voices generated by artificial intelligence. The FCC said the robocalls play key roles in rising rates of sophisticated scams, such as calls before the New Hampshire... Read More

Studies Cited in Case Over Abortion Pill Retracted Due to Flaws and Conflicts of Interest

A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of... Read More

A medical journal has retracted two studies claiming to show the harms of the abortion pill mifepristone, citing conflicts of interest by the authors and flaws in their research. Two of the three studies retracted by medical publisher Sage Perspectives... Read More

2024-02-07 21:25:26
by Dan McCue
New York State Proposes New Rules for Pharmacy Benefit Managers

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state’s chief financial services regulator has unveiled new “market conduct” rules to govern pharmacy benefit... Read More

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state’s chief financial services regulator has unveiled new “market conduct” rules to govern pharmacy benefit managers that she says will both strengthen consumer protections and tamp down on anti-competitive conduct. In doing so, she also... Read More

Biden Administration Sets Tighter Standards for Deadly Soot Pollution From Tailpipes, Smokestacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particle matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent thousands of premature deaths a year. Environmental and public health groups hailed the new... Read More

Biogen Plans to Shut Down Controversial Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm

Biogen will stop developing its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster before stumbling soon after its... Read More

Biogen will stop developing its Alzheimer’s treatment Aduhelm, a drug once seen as a potential blockbuster before stumbling soon after its launch a couple years ago. The drugmaker said Wednesday that it will end a study of the drug needed for... Read More

2024-01-29 17:52:05
by Dan McCue
FDA Unveils New Regulation Portal for Food Program

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a new website detailing the Foods Program regulations it plans to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled a new website detailing the Foods Program regulations it plans to publish through October 2024. The web portal, which will also list longer-term regulations the agency is prioritizing for publication at... Read More

Biden Delays Consideration of New Natural Gas Export Terminals, Citing Climate Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is delaying consideration of new natural gas export terminals in the United States, even... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is delaying consideration of new natural gas export terminals in the United States, even as gas shipments to Europe and Asia have soared since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The election year decision by President Joe Biden... Read More

Advocacy Groups Are Petitioning for the End of SNAP Interview Requirements

NEW YORK (AP) — Student and legal advocacy groups are petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lift the interview... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Student and legal advocacy groups are petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lift the interview requirement for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants to receive food aid. The groups argue the interview requirement is burdensome and prevents those who... Read More

Little Fish at the Supreme Court Could Take Big Bite Out of Regulatory Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business and conservative interest groups that want to limit the power of federal regulators think they have... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Business and conservative interest groups that want to limit the power of federal regulators think they have a winner in the Atlantic herring and the boats that sweep the modest fish into their holds by the millions. In a Supreme... Read More

EPA Sets Out Rules for Proposed 'Methane Fee' for Waste Generated by Oil and Natural Gas Companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas companies for the first time would have to pay a fee for methane... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas companies for the first time would have to pay a fee for methane emissions that exceed certain levels under a rule proposed Friday by the Biden administration. The proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule... Read More

Efforts to Restrict Transgender Health Care Endure in 2024

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some... Read More

Republican-led state legislatures are considering a new round of bills restricting medical care for transgender youths — and in some cases, adults — returning to the issue the year after a wave of high-profile bills became law and sparked lawsuits.... Read More

2024-01-05 20:09:49
by Dan McCue
FDA Issues First Approval for Large-Scale Drug Imports From Canada

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Florida to purchase millions of dollars' worth of medications from... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Florida to purchase millions of dollars' worth of medications from Canada, a move long opposed by the pharmaceutical industry. The goal of the approval is to give states access to... Read More

Florida Can Import Prescription Drugs From Canada, US Regulators Say

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared the way for Florida's first-in-the-nation plan to import prescription drugs from... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared the way for Florida's first-in-the-nation plan to import prescription drugs from Canada, a long-sought approach to accessing cheaper medications that follows decades of frustration with U.S. drug prices. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis... Read More

2024-01-02 22:39:11
by Dan McCue
FDA Issues Recall Alert for Hypoallergenic Infant Formula

WASHINGTON — A popular hypoallergenic infant formula has been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii contamination.... Read More

WASHINGTON — A popular hypoallergenic infant formula has been voluntarily recalled by its manufacturer due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii contamination. The formula, Nutramigen Hypoallergenic Infant Formula Powder, is manufactured by Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition. According to an alert issued by the... Read More

Gaming Proponents Size Up the Odds of a Northern Virginia Casino

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — With casinos popping up on Virginia's southern border, some lawmakers now want to explore whether wealthy... Read More

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — With casinos popping up on Virginia's southern border, some lawmakers now want to explore whether wealthy northern Virginia should get in on the action. State Sen. David Marsden, D-Fairfax, is planning to re-introduce legislation that would... Read More

2023-12-21 19:24:30
by Tom Ramstack
FTC Proposes Crackdown on Tech Companies for Surveillance of Child Users

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday proposed sweeping new regulations to protect children from surveillance techniques used by... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday proposed sweeping new regulations to protect children from surveillance techniques used by internet companies. The proposed rules could change how social media monetizes data they glean from children’s gaming, learning and internet... Read More

2023-12-19 22:57:33
by Dan McCue
FTC Bans Rite Aid From Using AI Facial Recognition

WASHINGTON — Rite Aid, the struggling nationwide drug store chain, got more bad news Tuesday, as federal regulators tagged it... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rite Aid, the struggling nationwide drug store chain, got more bad news Tuesday, as federal regulators tagged it for using facial recognition at its stores that led to scores of women and people of color being wrongly identified... Read More

2023-12-18 21:44:10
by Tom Ramstack
Southwest Airlines Fined $140M for Poor Response to Winter Storm

WASHINGTON — Southwest Airlines was hit with $140 million in fines Monday from the U.S. Transportation Department as punishment for... Read More

WASHINGTON — Southwest Airlines was hit with $140 million in fines Monday from the U.S. Transportation Department as punishment for its Christmastime meltdown last year that stranded 2 million passengers. It was the biggest fine for an airline in Transportation... Read More

2023-12-04 19:11:07
by Dan McCue
Administration Roles Out Plan to Cut 58M Tons of Methane Emissions by 2038

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Biden administration on Saturday announced its intention to curb methane emissions by some 58... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Biden administration on Saturday announced its intention to curb methane emissions by some 58 million tons by 2038. The new regulation, announced during the COP28 climate talks in Dubai, is being implemented as an... Read More

2023-11-30 22:38:15
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Leans Toward Reducing Enforcement Authority of Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to cut back on the authority of federal agencies to enforce their... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to cut back on the authority of federal agencies to enforce their regulations through fines or seizures of property. Questions from the conservative majority of justices during a hearing focused on whether... Read More

2023-11-27 21:13:58
by Dan McCue
Appeals Court Revives Refineries’ Hope of Securing Fuel Mandate Exemptions

NEW ORLEANS — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down the Biden administration’s decision to deny small Gulf Coast... Read More

NEW ORLEANS — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down the Biden administration’s decision to deny small Gulf Coast refineries with “hardship” waivers that would exempt them from the nation’s biofuel mandates. The underlying case revolves around the Clean... Read More

Broadcom Planning to Complete Deal for $69B Acquisition of VMWare After Regulators Give OK

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Computer chip and software maker Broadcom has announced it has cleared all regulatory hurdles and... Read More

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Computer chip and software maker Broadcom has announced it has cleared all regulatory hurdles and plans to complete its $69 billion acquisition of cloud technology company VMware on Wednesday. The company, based in San Jose,... Read More

2023-11-16 20:43:35
by Tom Ramstack
Federal Trade Commission Offers Prize for Techniques to Control Voice Cloning

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission announced a $25,000 prize Thursday to anyone who can suggest an effective means of... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission announced a $25,000 prize Thursday to anyone who can suggest an effective means of protecting consumers from the artificial intelligence-enabled voice cloning that plays a key role in many scams. The “Voice Cloning Challenge”... Read More

Biden Administration Slow to Act as Millions Booted Off Medicaid, Advocates Say

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 30 million of the poorest Americans could be purged from the Medicaid program, many the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up to 30 million of the poorest Americans could be purged from the Medicaid program, many the result of error-ridden state reviews that poverty experts say the Biden administration is not doing enough to stop. The projections... Read More

Obesity Drug Wegovy Cut Risk of Serious Heart Problems by 20%, Study Finds

The popular weight-loss drug Wegovy reduced the risk of serious heart problems by 20% in a large, international study that... Read More

The popular weight-loss drug Wegovy reduced the risk of serious heart problems by 20% in a large, international study that experts say could change the way doctors treat certain heart patients. The research is the first to document that an... Read More

Mind-Altering Ketamine Becomes Latest Pain Treatment, Despite Little Research

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. doctors scale back their use of opioid painkillers, a new option for hard-to-treat pain is taking... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. doctors scale back their use of opioid painkillers, a new option for hard-to-treat pain is taking root: ketamine, the decades-old surgical drug that is now a trendy psychedelic therapy. Prescriptions for ketamine have soared in recent years,... Read More

2023-10-31 17:57:53
by Tom Ramstack
US Workforce Unprepared for AI, Technology Experts Tell Senate

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s executive order Monday setting regulatory standards for artificial intelligence prompted witnesses at a Senate hearing... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s executive order Monday setting regulatory standards for artificial intelligence prompted witnesses at a Senate hearing Tuesday to say it is only a first step in a process likely to transform American workplaces. “Artificial intelligence will... Read More

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