Supermarket group backs plastic bag ban, with conditions

BOSTON (AP) — A group representing supermarkets and other food stores offered its conditional support Tuesday to a bill that if approved would make Massachusetts the latest U.S. state to outlaw single...

A look at key items in New York's $175.5 billion budget plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Here's a look at some of the key items included in the $175.5 billion state budget agreement announced Sunday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democrat-controlled New York L...

Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban approved in New York budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democrat-controlled Legislature on Sunday passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and expected to approve tolls for driving into the busiest sections of Manhat...

The Latest: Plastic bag ban gets approved in NY state budget

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature agreeing to a plastic bag ban as part of the state budget agreement being voted on by lawmakers Sunday (all times local...

Shocking amount of plastic found inside beached whale in E. Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An autopsy of a pregnant whale beached in eastern Taiwan revealed that its stomach was a "chaotic mess" of plastic garbage, according to the Ocean Conservation A...

Australian supermarket chain reverses free plastic bag ban

SYDNEY (AP) — A major Australian supermarket chain has come under fire from environmentalists for reversing a decision to stop providing free plastic bags to shoppers. Coles has been...

Wife of Singapore PM mentions Taiwan plastic bag policy on Facebook

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, shared a link to an article about Taiwan’s policy on plastic bags on her Facebook page. Ho doesn&r...

Taiwan EPA sets timeline for ban on plastic straws

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan's government is planning on banning the use of single-use plastic drinking straws in different stages, the first of which will be with the food and beverage industry...

Faced with 'naked bread' woman forced to buy plastic bag

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Now that Taiwan's strict new plastic bag ban has kicked in, a Taiwanese woman took to social media to complain that the bakery she frequents sold her a loaf of bread that w...

Taiwan beverage buyers baffled by bag ban

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As the new plastic bag ban went into effect yesterday, many beverage shops are sending conflicting signals as to bag size and price and have generally not made announcements to...

Paper Please: California voters approve plastic bag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's ban on single-use plastic carryout bags will stay in effect after voters narrowly approved the policy. Proposition 67 was placed on Tuesday's ballot...

BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 10:15

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.HIGHLIGHTING:Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1600 GMT:-CHINA-MEDIA BLACKOUT (u...

California lawmakers pass first US plastic bag ban

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) -- California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first in the U.S. to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.The bill cleared the Se...