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A man visits the Climate Generations Areas, part of the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Byproducts of the Paris climate talks: Greenwashing, hot air and 300,000 tons of CO2

- The Washington Times

That pesky carbon footprint. No matter how they spin it, the 190 global leaders now gathered in Paris to talk about climate change can’t escape their own carbon footprints left by their aircraft and ground transportation. The United Nation’s‘ own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change itself says that such transport accounts for 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and the percentage is expected to increase. The Swiss-based Air Transport Action Group says the aviation industry alone produces 12 percent. But the big shots have to get there some how, and most fly in.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argues for treatment rather than incarceration for those who commit drug crimes. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie strong in New Hampshire on drug addiction issue

- The Washington Times

The drug issue in recent presidential elections has chiefly involved pot activists pushing for legalization, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hoping to tap a different strain of the drug vote, making an appeal for compassion and treatment as he tries to woo a growing number of families affected by their relatives' addiction.

In this undated photo provided by Mark Zuckerberg, Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world's ills. (Mark Zuckerberg via AP)

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his money

- Associated Press

Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they'll devote nearly all their wealth - roughly $45 billion - to good works in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

Maryland heroin task force releases final recommendations

- Associated Press

A Maryland task force on addressing rising heroin overdose deaths released 33 recommendations in its final report on Tuesday, including legislation to authorize needle-exchange programs in any county.

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion laws

- Associated Press

Planned Parenthood has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn recently passed Idaho laws that ban women from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.

Training in recognizing bias proposed for Missouri officers

- Associated Press

Missouri police officers would need to complete annual training in recognizing bias, de-escalating situations and dealing with people with mental illness under rules proposed in response to calls for change after a fatal Ferguson shooting last year.

FILE - This image provided by the Utah Department of Corrections shows inmate Ramon C. Estrada. Utah prison officials have fired two workers and disciplined three others after investigating the death of Estrada, an inmate who went without dialysis for days when providers failed to show up for treatment. The Utah State Prison has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit in the case, court documents filed Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 show. The family of inmate Ramon C. Estrada, 62, is still suing the provider, a University of Utah clinic. He died of an apparent heart attack related to kidney failure on April 5, after dialysis technicians switched shifts and nobody came for his appointment.  (Utah Department of Corrections via AP, File)

Utah prison settles suit after inmate missed dialysis, died

- Associated Press

The Utah State Prison settled a wrongful-death lawsuit in the case of an inmate who died after a dialysis provider didn't show up to give him treatment for two days, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, marijuana plants are seen nearly ready for harvest at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Dr. Bodo Schneider, a physician accused of charging patients for marijuana recommendations without a legitimate doctor-patient relationship, could lose his license in a case critics say highlights the state's strict enforcement. His case came before an administrative law judge Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Illinois' pot-friendly doctor has been in trouble before

- Associated Press

A physician accused of violating Illinois' medical marijuana law could lose his license in a case that critics say highlights the state's strict enforcement of the pilot program and that his patients worry could hurt their ability to buy cannabis.

FILE - This July 21, 2015, file photo, Wendover Mayor Mike Crawford kneels down along the exposed mud track on the Bonneville Salt Flats, in Utah. Utah's elected officials have joined the chorus of speed aficionados urging federal land managers to do more to protect the state's famous salt flats after patchy, rough salt led to a string of canceled races in recent years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Politicians join push to protect Utah's famous salt flats

- Associated Press

Utah's elected officials have joined the chorus of speed aficionados urging federal land managers to do more to protect the state's famous salt flats after patchy, rough salt led to a string of canceled motorsports in recent years.

Soldier who lost 4 limbs aims to inspire others with book

- Associated Press

A soldier who lost all four limbs during an explosion in Afghanistan aims to inspire others with the story of how he recovered from the wounds, picked up the pieces and began helping other amputees.

In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 photo, actor Michael Caine poses for a portrait during press day for the upcoming film "Youth" at The Four Seasons, in Los Angeles. The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 4, 2015.  (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

Michael Caine reflects on 'Youth' and old age

- Associated Press

Michael Caine sits down for lunch at the St. Regis Hotel in midtown New York clutching a copy of the day's Daily News given to him by the hotel doorman, who's earmarked a photo of Caine and his "Youth" co-star Jane Fonda.

The Cosmopolitan casino-resort agrees to union contract

- Associated Press

Five years after workers first sought union representation and two years after angry labor protests led to arrests, the Culinary Union has brokered a deal with The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas to represent the casino-resort's more than 2,000 workers.