Federal judge orders FDA to start regulating e-cigarettes | TheHill

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up its reviews of thousands of electronic cigarettes currently on the market, siding with public health groups that sued the agency.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Maryland last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health groups. They argued that the FDA’s delay in regulating e-cigarette products led a spike in underage vaping.

According to the judge, the FDA’s decision to delay reviewing electronic cigarette products for several years amounted to a serious dereliction of duty.

Source: Federal judge orders FDA to start regulating e-cigarettes | TheHill

FCC ready to let phone companies use tools to block robocalls – Reuters

 

Many service providers have held off developing and deploying default call-blocking tools because of uncertainty about whether the tools are legal under the FCC rules.

Allowing the default call-blocking could significantly increase development and consumer adoption of the tools, Pai said.

“By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them,” Pai said.

The U.S. telecommunications regulator is expected to take action on Pai’s proposal at its June 6 meeting.

Source: FCC ready to let phone companies use tools to block robocalls – Reuters

Apple can be sued over high prices in their App Store. | Fox News

Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court on Monday, penning an opinion against Apple that ruled the tech company can be sued over high prices in their App Store.

The case, Apple v. Pepper, was brought by iPhone users who complained that the App Store is the only place where iPhone apps are available and that, as a result, Apple has a monopoly on “the iPhone apps aftermarket.” They claim prices are consequently high stemming from the charges Apple imposes on app developers.

Source: Kavanaugh sides with liberal justices against Apple, deals blow to tech giant in App Store challenge | Fox News

Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home – Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposal to legalize marijuana in Illinois would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to 30 grams, grow five plants at home and open a path to expungement of convictions, including some felonies.

Source: Illinois marijuana legalization bill would allow possession up to 30 grams, 5 plants grown at home – Chicago Tribune

NASA was sold faulty aluminum in 19-year scam – CNET

NASA on Tuesday revealed that a pair of failed missions were caused by a 19-year aluminum scam.

The space agency previously said the 2009 Orbiting Carbon Observatory and 2011 Glory missions malfunctioned when the protective nose cones on the Taurus XL rockets failed to separate on command.

However, a joint investigation involving NASA and the Justice Department revealed that the problem was caused by aluminum extrusion maker Sapa Profiles, which falsified critical tests over 19 years.

Employees at the company’s Portland, Oregon, facilities tweaked failing tests so materials appeared to pass from 1996 to 2015, according to the Justice Department.

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Source: NASA was sold faulty aluminum in 19-year scam – CNET

Student protesters occupy fraternity house, want it closed | Fox News

Students at Swarthmore College have occupied an on-campus fraternity house in an effort to get it shut down.

The demonstration is aimed at shutting down the Phi Psi chapter at the private liberal arts school in suburban Philadelphia. On Monday morning, about 30 students were sitting at the college-owned building, which is mainly used for Phi Psi parties and other social activities. As many as 100 protesters were there over the weekend.

“We’re trying to force the college to make the right decision on this,” senior Morgin Goldberg, 22, said.

Source: Student protesters occupy fraternity house, want it closed | Fox News

Parking Enforcers Who Chalk Tires Violate The Constitution, Court Rules : NPR

Physically marking a tire without a warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled. The amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The next time parking enforcement officers use chalk to mark your tires, they might be acting unconstitutionally.

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that “chalking” is a violation of the Fourth Amen

Source: Parking Enforcers Who Chalk Tires Violate The Constitution, Court Rules : NPR