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CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council has voted to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups containing the chemical BPA.

Spokesmen for the ordinance’s sponsors, Aldermen Edward Burke and Manny Flores, said the ban approved Wednesday will go into effect early next year. The measure does not require the mayor’s signature.

Last week, Minnesota became the first state to ban BPA from plastic baby bottles and sippy cups. Congress and several other states are considering similar legislation.

BPA is short for bisphenol A. It’s used to harden plastics and to line food containers. Experts disagree on whether it poses health risks to humans.

The American Chemistry Council says the ban is unwarranted and not based on science.


Swiss bank must repay debt

HELENA — A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday that Credit Suisse must offer about $42 million in cash to clear other creditors’ claims on top of any bid it makes for a luxury Montana resort at auction.

Judge Ralph Kirscher said in the ruling that the Swiss bank is required to cover other parties’ debts in any offer it makes to buy the exclusive Yellowstone Club. Credit Suisse is using its lien on the club to make one of two bids in an auction in Billings.

The order follows a partial finding Tuesday by the judge that Credit Suisse’s $375 million loan to the now-bankrupt club was predatory and should be subordinated to other debts.


Mayor wants to tax college students

PROVIDENCE — The mayor of Providence wants to slap a $150-per-semester tax on the 25,000 full-time students at Brown University and three other private colleges in the city, saying they use resources and should help ease the burden on struggling taxpayers.

Mayor David Cicilline said the fee would raise between $6 million and $8 million a year for the city, which is facing a $17 million deficit.

If enacted, it would apparently be the first time a U.S. city has directly taxed students just for being enrolled.

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