Revision of fuel rules sent
Regulators have sent the White House a proposal seeking to scale back Obama-era rules to combat climate change through tougher fuel-economy standards for cars and trucks. The Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration delivered the proposals to the Office of Management and Budget for review, one of the required steps before a federal rule is adopted. The rules had mandated that cars and light trucks average over 50 miles per gallon, equivalent to 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving conditions, by 2025. The move was meant to fight climate-changing emissions.
Official: 3 bodies at home
Three dead bodies have been found at the home of a man charged with kidnapping, sexually assaulting and torturing a woman, a prosecutor said Thursday. Stewart Weldon was arrested Sunday after a car chase that ended when he crashed into a police cruiser and wrestled with officers. A woman in Weldon’s car said he held her captive for a month, sexually assaulted her and beat her with a hammer and other objects, police said. “Thank you for saving my life,” the woman told officers, according to a police report.
5 siblings get adopted
Thousands of adoption inquiries rolled in from as far away as Ireland and New Zealand after a simple plea from five Kansas siblings: They wanted to be adopted together. The flood of offers followed a story in the Kansas City Star about the three boys and two girls, who became known as the “Fab Five.” The newspaper story drew nearly 7 million online readers, and an unprecedented number of adoption inquiries crashed the state-contracted Adopt Kansas Kids website a day after the story ran. But it turns out that a local couple had narrowly beat the flood of interest. And on Wednesday, a judge officially approved Jeff and Toni Whaley’s request to adopt the five children, ages 3 to 12.
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Methane dunes on Pluto
Scientists have discovered dunes on Pluto made of tiny frozen grains of methane. The pale gray and white ridges were revealed by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 flyby. A British-led team announced the findings Thursday in the journal Science. The dunes appear to be made mostly of icy specks of methane the size of sand, with some frozen nitrogen mixed in.
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