Should reflective paint earn automakers EPA credits?

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Automakers are looking for retroactive emissions credits from the EPA for using stop/start, LED lights, and other tech already added to vehicles.

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Backing into your driveway may soon be illegal in one US city

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Of all the pressing problems in the world, drivers might assume the manner in which they park their cars would fall pretty low on the priority list of any self-respecting municipality. But many recent news stories have shown otherwise.

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Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Catholic church during Ecuador visit

The pontiff shared message of family as he addressed 800,000 people on the first leg of his ‘homecoming’ tour of South America

Pope Francis has used his first mass in Ecuador to ask for support in his efforts to reach out to Catholics who feel shunned by the Church when the world’s bishops gather at the Vatican in October.

Speaking to 800,000 people on the first leg of his “homecoming” tour of South America, the 78-year-old pope weaved his homily around the theme of the family, which will be the subject of the monthlong synod at the Vatican.

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Town of Babylon Proposes Permit For Yard/Garage Sales

BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Cleaning out your clutter with a garage sale won’t likely be welcome anymore in the Town of Babylon.

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The town wants homeowners to pay for a permit and is proposing  a new “sales of personal property” section to its code to regulate yard sales, also known as garage or tag sales, CBS2’s Emily Smith reports.

Gene McAdams spends a lot of time on his yard mowing and landscaping almost every day, but not everyone on Babylon pays the same attention to detail he does.

“There’s junk out in the guy’s front yard and every week or two he has garage sales,” McAdams said. “People running a junk yard from their front yard. That’s not conducive to the quality of life.”

This is why a new town code, expected to be approved, aims to put some regulations on garage sales. An ordinance will require homeowners to obtain a permit and pay $5 to have a garage sale.

The rules also include each homeowner only holding two a year; the sale can be set up for just two consecutive days; sales are limited to the weekends and can only be held April-September.

Town Supervisor Thomas Donnelly says the minimal fee proves it’s not revenue-producing effort — but strictly a way to protect the quality of life.

Still some say the town should stay out of people’s business.

“So many people have them I think it’s at their discretion,” said one resident.

Town officials say there won’t be any patrolling for this ordinance but a complaint-driven effort. The fines begin at $100 and by a third offence could cost $2,500.

A public hearing will be held Tuesday morning before the town board votes.

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AP Source: David West takes minimum to join Spurs – USA TODAY


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Can’t Buy Me Love Star Amanda Peterson Has Died At 43

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Amanda Peterson, whose claim to fame was a starring role in Can’t Buy Me Love, has died — she was 43 years old.

The former actress’ body was found in her Greeley, Colorado home on Sunday after her father said he got worried because he hadn’t heard from her since Friday.

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He says he doesn’t know what officially caused his daughter to pass at a relatively young age, but did explain that she had sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that causes breathing to repeatedly stop and start.

Her father said the disorder, along with another illness, could have contributed to her passing.

Amanda’s rise to stardom happened when she was cast as Cindy alongside Patrick Dempsey in the iconic 1987 film, but she left the life of fame and fortune behind in 1994 when she dropped out of the entertainment industry and moved to Colorado.

Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected by this sad loss, and our thoughts are with them during this tough time.

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Monarch “heavy lift” quadcopter can carry three GoPros

The Monarch drone is designed to be big, stable, and safe flying platform

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It seems like not a day goes by without another announcement of a new quadcopter drone. Needless to say, that makes it very hard to stand out in this crowded field … unless your product features something truly unique. With that in mind, Mobile Recon Systems has announced a Kickstarter campaign starting July 7, for a new super-sized quadrotor drone with three camera mounts.

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Floyd Mayweather Officially Stripped of WBO 147-Pound Welterweight Title

Floyd Mayweather Jr. may still be undefeated following his victory over Manny Pacquiao back in May, but the 38-year-old can no longer call himself the WBO welterweight champion.     

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ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported the championship committee voted to strip Mayweather of the title Monday.

Rafael provided some background on why the WBO did so. According to the report, Mayweather failed to properly vacate the titles himself and also never paid the $200,000 sanctioning fee to the WBO for the Pacquiao bout:

It is against sanctioning organization rules for boxers to hold world titles in multiple weight classes. The WBC and WBA have been breaking their own rules by allowing Mayweather to hold their titles, but the WBO has declined to break its rules for Mayweather and it has told him he must make a decision. Also, Mayweather, who originally did not plan to accept the WBO title involved in the May 2 bout with Pacquiao, had a change of heart. Yet, he has not yet paid the sanctioning fee, according to the WBO.

So with the deadline missed, the WBO on Friday referred Mayweather’s situation to its championship committee.

Mayweather said after beating Pacquiao that he’d willingly relinquish some of the championships he fought so hard to win, per ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto:

I don’t know if it will be Monday or maybe a couple weeks. I’ll talk to my team and see what we need to do. Other fighters need a chance. Give other fighters a chance. I’m not greedy. I’m a world champion in two different weight classes. It’s time to let other fighters fight for the belt.

Since he failed to follow up on that decree, the WBO took action.

Ramon Aranda of 3MoreRounds.com looked at the likely succession plan:

Timothy Bradley is the natural replacement for Mayweather as the welterweight titleholder. He beat Jessie Vargas on June 27 to win the interim belt, and few welterweights can lay a claim to being better than Bradley.

Ideally, the new champion would be decided in the ring in a fight with Mayweather, but this wouldn’t be the first time boxing failed to give fans what they wanted.

For Mayweather, this decision will do little to impact his legacy or star power. None of his accomplishments is more important than his unblemished record.

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