California to end private prisons and immigrant detention camps

Supporters of a new bill, expected to be signed this week, say private prisons contribute to a culture of incarceration. The United States‘s largest state prison system is moving to quit the practice of farming out inmates to jails run under contract by private companies, following a nationwide decline in the for-profit incarceration business. California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to sign legislation this week designed to effectively ban private, for-profit corporations from running prisons or immigration detention facilities. Sponsors of the measure, which was introduced in December, say it…

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HOTTOPIC: US-Mexico border wall poses ‘severe environmental threat’

Bulldozers are clearing the way to build a new wall that may come with an enormous environmental cost. Bulldozers are clearing the way to build a new wall on the border between Mexico and the United States. The wall is a $5bn commitment by US President Donald Trump to stop asylum seekers getting into the US. But experts say the environmental cost of the wall may be enormous too, as well as irreversible. Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from northern Mexico.

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Up in smoke: Alibaba to stop selling vape components in US

The Chinese e-commerce giant’s move follows decisions by US firms to pull e-cigarettes from shelves as illnesses rise. Alibaba’s presence in the United States vaping market is evaporating after it said it will stop selling e-cigarette components there. The Chinese e-commerce firm is the latest company to announce that it would clamp down on offering e-cigarette products to US buyers amid growing regulatory scrutiny into reports of lung disease and deaths linked to vaping. Alibaba’s decision on Wednesday follows announcements by Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc this week that…

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