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Top eight stories for today including U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot withhold information on its rules for authorizing agents to use fake identities and nongovernment accounts to spy on social media users; California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will allocate $15 billion toward a suite of programs intended to help the state combat climate change while building resiliency in a region of increasing temperatures and declining precipitation; The Third Circuit posed tough questions to both sides Thursday as it considered whether a seventh grade social studies teacher glorified Islam in the lesson plan, and more
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a new rule establishing a program to dramatically slash the domestic use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, chemicals commonly used in air conditioning and refrigeration and known to accelerate climate change.

This May 16, 2021, photo shows window air conditioners in New York. In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combating climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. (Jenny Kane/AP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection cannot withhold information on its rules for authorizing agents to use fake identities and nongovernment accounts to spy on social media users, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security plaque is on a podium as international passengers arrive at Miami International Airport. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For 2.5 million years, the Joshua tree has been a fixture of the Southern California desert, greeting everyone from the region’s earliest settlers to its throngs of modern-day tourists. That lengthy reign may be nearing an end in the coming decades, however, due to rising temperatures, increasingly severe droughts and California’s seemingly endless wildfires.

A Joshua tree, which may now be at risk due to climate change, in California’s Mojave Desert.

Tossing a sweeping court order requiring the city and county of Los Angeles to house homeless people living on the 50-block open air encampment known as Skid Row by October, a Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday found the federal judge in the case lacked the authority to issue such an order.

FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2021, file photo, Jeff Page, right, also known as General Jeff, a homelessness activist and leader in the Downtown Los Angeles Skid Row Neighborhood Council, walks with U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, middle, and Michele Martinez, special master on the issues of homelessness, after a court hearing at Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Carter had ordered the city and county find shelter for all unhoused residents of Skid Row within 180 days and also ordered an audit of all funding related to the crisis of people living on the streets. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will allocate $15 billion toward a suite of programs intended to help the state combat climate change while building resiliency in a region of increasing temperatures and declining precipitation.

Jon Wallace, Operations Section Chief, looks over General Sherman where the historic tree was protected by structure wrap from fires along with the Four Guardsmen at Sequoia National Park, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

The Third Circuit posed tough questions to both sides Thursday as it considered whether a seventh grade social studies teacher glorified Islam in the lesson plan.

Still taken from a video about Islam that was shown to a seventh-grade social studies class in New Jersey. It prompted one mom to sue. (Image via Courthouse News)

Two internet trade groups that represent the largest tech companies in America filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging a new Texas law meant to curb censorship of political speech by social media users.

The icons of Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp are seen on an iPhone. (Martin Meissner/AP)

Volkswagen outfitted its vehicles with another defeat device, a magistrate for the European Court of Justice determined Thursday, taking aim at software that lets emissions spew freely in certain cold temperature and high altitudes.

(Image by Hrayr Movsisyan from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

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