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For the first time, the California Air Resources Board will auction off pollution permits on Wednesday called “allowances” to hundreds of businesses, including electric companies and refineries.

Some of the businesses regulated under California’s plan say the extra costs will result in higher electricity rates and job losses.

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UPS bows to pressure, ends grants to Boy Scouts

ATLANTA — The UPS Foundation says it will no longer give grants to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group excludes gays and lesbians from being Scouts or Scout leaders.

The philanthropic arm of the Atlanta-based shipping giant made the change Thursday after an online petition protesting the foundation’s annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. The UPS Foundation gave $150,000 to the Boy Scouts in 2010. It wasn’t clear how much they gave the group last year.

UPS spokeswoman Kristen Petrella says groups applying for the grants will have to adhere to the same standards UPS does. The company says it does not discriminate against anyone based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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