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In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City’s toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this. But rather than welcoming …

Kim’s call on economy has North Korea scrambling

NAMPO, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials and factory managers are scrambling to answer a call from leader Kim Jong Un for an all-out, nationwide effort to build up the country’s economy in 2017. Along with vowing to make yet more advances with nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, …

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, according to preliminary results Thursday. Plastic bag industry supporters placed Proposition 67 on Tuesday’s ballot hoping there wouldn’t be enough voter support to keep a ban approved by the …