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Wednesday September 22nd, 2021 evening edition

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A view of a harmonised mobile phone charger is seen during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels February 8, 2011.

BRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The European Commission will on Thursday present a legislative proposal for a common charger for mobile phones, tablets and headphones, a person familiar with the matter said - a move likely to affect iPhone maker Apple (AAPL.O) more than its rivals.

The European Union executive and EU lawmakers have been pushing for a common charger for over a decade, saying it would be better for the environment and more convenient for users.

The Commission wants the sale of chargers to be decoupled from devices, and also propose a harmonised charging port, the person said.

Apple, whose iPhones are charged from its Lightning cable, has said rules forcing connectors to conform to one type could deter innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste and irk consumers.

Half the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29% had a USB-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector, according to a 2019 Commission study.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kevin Liffey. »

Dems nix $1 billion for Iron Dome from budget bill after progressive pressure

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Progressive Democrats on Tuesday successfully pressured the party to remove $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system from a bill to keep the United States government funded.

House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted: “Democrats just pulled funding from the Iron Dome — the missile defense system that has saved countless lives in Israel from Hamas’ rocket attacks.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke of plans to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile batteries in June, after meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz on the matter. »

Kansas Boy’s Bug Collection Garners Blue Ribbon at State Fair—and Federal Investigation

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A student earned a blue ribbon for his science project at the Kansas State Fair—as well as a federal investigation.

The 4-H member submitted a bug collection as his entry, which included a spotted lanternfly—an invasive insect that is wreaking havoc across the Northeastern United States.

At the Kansas State Fair, the boy’s entry earned him a blue ribbon, the competition’s second-highest award. »

Bride-to-be spent planned wedding day on ventilator before dying of COVID-19

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A Kentucky man is mourning the loss of his 29-year-old fiancé after she spent their planned wedding day on a ventilator before succumbing to a COVID-19 infection that had irreversibly damaged her lungs.

Wendell started off with a light cough, according to Eskew, which would get worse as the day went on.

"She had broken out in stress hives before because of all of the stress of the wedding planning and everything that’s going on. »