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HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii state Senate plans to vote on a bill aimed at protecting celebrities and other public figures from unwanted media attention.
The so-called Steven Tyler Act would create a civil violation for people who take photos or videos of others' private moments.
The Aerosmith lead singer is originally from Massachusetts but owns property in Maui. He asked Sen. Kalani English from Maui to introduce the bill after photos of Tyler and his girlfriend made news and caused family drama.
Several celebrities submitted testimony supporting the bill, including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne and the Osborne family. But national media organizations worry the proposal could limit press freedoms.
Longtime media lawyer Jeff Portnoy says the bill is vague and unnecessary, despite amendments aligning the text with an existing California anti-paparazzi statute.
US SCIENTISTS REPORT BIG JUMP IN HEAT-TRAPPING CO2
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New federal figures show the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air jumped dramatically in 2012, making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees. Many governments set a 2-degree increase as the upper limit.
Scientists say the rise in CO2 reflects the global economy revving up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in China.
U.S. government scientists report that carbon dioxide levels jumped by 2.67 parts per million for a total of just under 395 parts per million compared to 2011.
That's the second highest rise in carbon emissions since records started being kept in 1959. Only 1998 had a bigger increase.
REPORT: SUSPECT IN NY CRASH READY TO SURRENDER
NEW YORK (AP) -- The suspected driver who fled the scene of a grisly crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and ultimately the child they were expecting is meeting with an attorney Tuesday and plans to report to police.
Julio Acevedo, 44, told the Daily News of New York that he was speeding away from a gunman who was trying to shoot him early Sunday when the accident with a hired car happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.
He said he fled the scene because he was worried he'd be killed and didn't know the couple had died until he saw it in newspapers.
WINTER CLINGS ON WITH UPPER MIDWEST SNOWSTORM
CHICAGO (AP) -- Mother Nature apparently saved the best, or at least the biggest, for last.
The storm rolling into Chicago on Tuesday was expected to dump as much as 10 inches on the city, the most since the 2011 blizzard and its more than 20 inches of snow.
"This will be the biggest widespread storm of the winter," National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley said.
The storm started Sunday in Montana, hit the Dakotas and Minnesota on Monday and then barreled through Wisconsin and Illinois on its way to Washington, where it was expected late Tuesday night.
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