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California, the largest auto market in the US, plans to phase out sales of gas-powered cars over the next 13 years in a bold plan to combat the climate emergency and reduce emissions.

The policy will allow Californians to continue to run and buy used cars, trucks and SUVs on gasoline after 2035, but no new models would be sold in the state, the nation’s most populous state. California has experienced historic wildfires in the midst of summers with record high temperatures in recent years.

The state has about 80,000 public charging stations and will need to expand that number to accommodate the proliferation of electric vehicles. Last year, according to regulators, only 12% of new cars sold in California were zero-emissions, and about 16% were electric in the first three months of this year.

  • What effect can the transition have? Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the US, and rapid adoption of zero-emission cars could save 110,000 American lives, $1.2 trillion in public health costs and reduce emissions by 92% by 2050.

Amy Coney Barrett’s Secret Faith Group insisted female obedience to men

Amy Comey Barrett, who was successfully nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Getty Images

Women’s obedience and submission to men has been strongly encouraged within a secret Christian faith group, the People of Praise, which includes conservative Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, according to a leaked video.

At a recently closed People of Praise event to mark the 50th anniversary, Dorothy Ranaghan, the wife of the group’s founder, explained how some female followers wept intensely in response to the group’s early teachings about “headship.” ‘ and the ‘roles of men and women’. ”.

Many former People of Praise members are critical of the group’s dominance over members’ lives, saying it calls for complete obedience from women to their husbands.

  • Strict gender-based roles. Adrian Reimers, a Catholic theological critic and early member of the People of Praise who was fired in 1985, has said that men in the group were “quietly taught by their heads and leaders not to change or rinse diapers” and that the emotions of women “were” distrustful.

Texas judge outlaws gun-carrying ban for young adults

An American firearms shop.  A Texas judge has lifted the state's ban on 18- to 20-year-olds carrying guns, saying it has no historical tradition and is unconstitutional.
An American firearms shop. A Texas judge has lifted the state’s ban on 18- to 20-year-olds carrying guns, saying it has no historical tradition and is unconstitutional. Photo: Erik S Lesser/EPA

The southern state’s gun-carrying ban for people ages 18 to 20 has been overturned by a federal judge, in the first major gun court decision since the Supreme Court first ruled in June that the Second Amendment restricts the right to self-defense. guarantees to carry weapons in public.

The Firearms Policy Coalition, a gun owners’ rights group, filed an objection to the Texas statute last year, saying the ban undermined states’ right to organize militias and “the people’s right to keep guns.” and to carry must not be violated.” It challenges similar restrictions on young adults who carry guns in several other states.

On Thursday, Judge Mark Pittman, of the US District Court in Fort Worth, ruled in favor of the gun lobby. He said there was no historical tradition to dissuade young adults from carrying guns in public and that “the undisputed historical evidence shows that 18- to 20-year-olds were considered part of the founding-era militia”.

  • The age restriction applied only to pistols. Long guns can be bought in Texas once someone turns 18. The 18-year-old gunman who attacked a school in Uvalde, Texas in May, killing 19 children and two teachers, used a semi-automatic rifle he had brought with him.

Unvaccinated Novak Djokovic confirms he will miss US Open

Novak Djokovic had hoped for an exception to the US Covid vaccination rules.
Novak Djokovic had hoped for an exception to the US Covid vaccination rules.
Photo: Rob Newell/CameraSport/Getty Images

21-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has officially withdrawn from the US Open after the US failed to provide a framework for unvaccinated foreigners.

“Unfortunately, I can’t travel to New York this time for the US Open,” Djokovic wrote on social media. “Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support. Good luck to my fellow players! I will stay in good shape and positive spirit and wait for a chance to compete again. See you soon, tennis world!”

During his lead-up to the title at Wimbledon in July, Djokovic expressed hope that US border policy could change to accommodate him, after he was detained in an Australian immigration facility in January and then expelled from the country on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix. Open.

  • Will Djokovic ever play in the US Open again? The tournament director, Stacey Allaster, described Djokovic’s absence as a pity, but suggested he could participate next year. “We look forward to welcoming Novak back to the 2023 US Open,” she wrote.

In other news…

Women rally before the Supreme Court in Madrid in 2019 after five men were found guilty of raping an 18-year-old woman
Women gather before the Supreme Court in Madrid in 2019 after five men were found guilty of raping an 18-year-old woman.
Photo: Susana Vera/Reuters
  • Spanish lawmakers have passed a law stipulating that sexual consent must be affirmative and cannot be assumed to have been given by default or silence. It is called the “only yes means yes law” and was drafted after the “wolf pack” gang rape in 2016.

  • An 80-meter-long concrete obelisk in the Latvian capital commemorating the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany has been felled by the government, in the latest symbol of a turning point against Russia in former USSR constituent nations since the invasion of Ukraine.

  • The Justice Department is likely to file an edited version of the document granting permission to search Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort today. in Florida and seize sensitive government papers. The affidavit contains important information about the investigation into the unauthorized holding of government secrets.

  • The UK energy regulator has raised the price cap by 80%, bringing the average gas and electricity bill for households to £3,549 a year. The huge increase – which will see the limit almost three times as high as a year ago – could lead to deaths because people can’t afford to heat their homes, at least one expert has warned.

Statistic of the Day: Long Covid Keeps 2-4 Million Americans Unemployed

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A “nu riring” sign outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters

According to a report, about 16 million Americans of working age have long-term Covid and up to 4 million are unemployed as a result. Long Covid is also impacting employment in other countries: The Bank of England recently attributed the 440,000 staff cuts largely to “increase in long-term illness”.

But many workers are not supported. In the US, more than 25% of private sector workers have no paid sick leave of any kind, and some people have reported being fired for sick leave. The report’s authors estimate that there are 10.6 million open job openings. The report estimates that the dollar amount of lost wages is between $170 billion and $230 billion per year.

Don’t Miss: Elton John Helps Britney Spears Sing Again

Britney Spears and Elton John at the Elton John Aids Foundation's 2013 Oscars viewing party.
Britney Spears and Elton John at the Elton John Aids Foundation’s 2013 Oscars viewing party.
Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF

After she was released from her globally condemned 13-year-old conservatory, it was unclear whether Britney Spears would ever perform again. Now she’s back with a duet with Elton John. “She sang wonderfully,” he said. “Everyone said they think she can’t sing anymore. But I said she was brilliant when she started, so I think she can do it. And she did, and I was so happy with what she did.”

The pair simultaneously had residencies in Las Vegas, hers at Planet Hollywood and his at Caesars Palace — though they didn’t cross paths very often and lived contrasting lives.

Spears said she got lithium for turning down a new choreography during the residency, and that she was given a weekly stipend of a fraction of what she earned for her controllers. But then she canceled the residency in late 2017, announced a hiatus, and the #FreeBritney movement went mainstream.

Climate check: ‘Grandmothers are our weather app’

Hindu Oumarou Ibrahim
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim founded the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad and chaired the activities of indigenous peoples at the last four UN climate summits.
Photo: NurPhoto/Getty Images

Chad is on the frontline of the climate crisis, with an expected temperature increase 1.5 times higher than the global average. Desertification has shrunk agricultural and grazing lands, pushing nomad groups and farmers into conflict, while government and military land grabs have further reduced access to water, Alice McCool writes.

To ease tensions, activist Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is working with communities to create maps to enable them to agree on sharing natural resources. “Our best app is our grandmothers because they can just observe the cloud positions, the bird migration, the cardinal directions or the little insects and say, ‘oh, it’s going to rain in two hours,'” she said.

Last Thing: ‘I’m 65 and have $300,000 in student debt’

“From an initial loan payment of $75,000 a year, my debt rose to $300,000.” Photo: Bryan Olin Dozier/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock

On Wednesday, the White House announced it would clear $10,000 for borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year, and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients. “Unfortunately, this news does almost nothing for me and millions of others,” writes Lystra Small-Clouden.

“It falls far short of what economic and racial justice requires. That’s why I’ve joined over 250 people, all over the age of 50, who promise to stop our student loans when payments resume. Our number is growing every day.

“As a single, black, immigrant woman, I always told my four children that education was the most important part of their upbringing… My guilt is an economic loss, but it’s also an emotional one. It has been worrying me for 12 years now and the stress has taken a very heavy toll on my physical health.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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