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California bill would require businesses to offer e-receipts

California bill would require businesses to offer e-receipts

Technology
California would become the first state to require businesses to offer electronic receipts unless customers ask for paper copies under legislation proposed on Tuesday. Many businesses and consumers already are moving toward e-receipts, said Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco. But he said a law is needed because many consumers don't realize most paper receipts are coated with chemicals prohibited in baby bottles, can't be recycled and can contaminate other recycled paper because of the chemicals known as Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS). His bill would require all businesses to provide proof of purchase receipts electronically starting in 2022 unless a customer asks for a printed copy. It comes days after another first-in-the-nation California law took effect requiri...
Regulators accuse California utility of gas pipeline violations, falsifying records

Regulators accuse California utility of gas pipeline violations, falsifying records

Business
Dec. 15 (UPI) -- California regulators are investigating whether Pacific Gas and Electric continued to commit pipeline safety violations and falsified records eight years after an explosion killed eight people in the San Francisco Bay Area. PG&E, which serves 16 million people, also is facing class-action suits that it sparked the Camp Fire, which killed 86 people last month in Northern California. The utility could file for bankruptcy and regulators could recommend breaking up the company into one for gas operations and another for electricity operations. On Friday, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered an investigation into possible wrongdoing. Similar to a court hearing, the utility will be required to prove why the regulatory agency should not certify a report from the PU...
Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

Higher percentage of California pot passing safety tests

Health
A higher percentage of California marijuana products are passing strict safety tests, but the sudden closing of a lab that state authorities found wasn't correctly checking for pesticides has raised new questions about the system intended to protect the purity and potency of legal cannabis. California broadly legalized marijuana at the start of the year, and mandatory testing began in July 1. During the first two months the failure rate was about 20 percent, but state data collected through November showed improvement — about 14 percent of nearly 24,000 products were blocked from store shelves by tests. Cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures continued having the most trouble in test labs: About 26 percent were rejected, though that also was an improved rate compared to the...
E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce traced to California farm

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce traced to California farm

Health
The E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce has been linked to a single water reservoir on a farm in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration identified sediment from a farm as being the source for the November outbreak. The CDC reported that the farm in question is owned by Adam Bros. Farming Inc., located in Santa Maria, California, about 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara County is one of three California counties, along with San Benito and Monterey, that the CDC is advising consumers to avoid when choosing romaine lettuce. Some romaine products are now being labeled with their harvest regions. In addition to romaine, the farm's website notes that it produces red and green leaf lettuce, celery, cauliflower and brocc...
Watch live: Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch spy satellite from California

Watch live: Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch spy satellite from California

Science
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The eight-hour countdown for the latest United Launch Alliance's Delta 4-Heavy satellite launch is underway. The company's most powerful rocket is poised to carry a spy satellite into space, with liftoff at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base scheduled for 11:19 p.m. ET, 8:19 p.m. local time, on Friday. ULA will stream a live broadcast of the launch beginning at 11 p.m. ET. "The Delta IV Heavy rocket has been powered up for its launch," ULA confirmed on Friday afternoon. The satellite belongs to the National Reconnaissance Office, of the U.S. government's five major intelligence agencies. Friday's mission will be ULA's 132nd and the 71st for NRO. Per usual, little information about the payload for Friday evening's mission has been shared with the public. According to n...