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Los Angeles Bans Heat-Sucking Roofs

From now on, the city's building code will require new residential construction to include "cool roofs" capable of reflecting sunlight.


Why Vancouver Is Banning the Doorknob

A not-so-ridiculous idea.


Welcome to Madrid! Here's a Long List of Things You're Not Allowed to Do

Spain's capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.

The U.K. Doesn't Want Motorists Using Google Glass, Obviously

Also, New York updates its list of offensive license plates, and one rebellious bureaucrat thwarts Pennsylvania's anti-gay-marriage laws.

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Vancouver Bans Coal – Let's See How That Goes

Your weekly look at all the stuff our elected leaders are outlawing.

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Some People Are Really Upset About the Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban

Your weekly roundup of what cities are banning around the world.

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Beating Horses To Make Them Go Into the Ocean: Not Cool

Also, Malibu considers outlawing rat poison and another Mexican city bans bullfighting.

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Chicago Wants to Crack Down on Pedicabs: This Week in Bans

Also, Tampa wants to turn down the bass on car stereos and an Iowa city declares war on poopy geese.

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Florida County Starts Paddling Students, Again

How else will educators get naughty kids to fall in line?


You'd Better Not Be Caught With Long Hair in Gaza

Also, politicians in Racine ban weapons (except for their own) and New York battles a slimy lake menace.


How Does One Get Banned From Every Public Library in the World?

You probably don't want to know.

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Moscow Says 'No' To New Mosques

The mayor says citizens are "irritated by people who speak a different language" and have "different manners."

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What Will Mike Bloomberg Ban Next?

For one thing, he's not happy with your iPod earbuds.


No More Alcohol for Egypt's Suburbs

Also, a Sydney mall muzzles screaming children and Winston Churchill gets the axe from downtown Nottingham.

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Why Is the U.S. Capitol Still Burning Coal?

Also, a London neighbor fights against public gobbing and Sydney's wealthy whine about public-park weddings.

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Charlottesville, Va., Says 'No' to Drones

Also, BART tries to get public poopers to keep it in their pants, and Penn State fights against a boozy "State Patty's" tradition.

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Tree-Climbing Obama Heckler Exiled From D.C.

Also, politicians in Naples are sick of you assuming they're all criminals, and the U.K. suspends the coolest teacher ever.


Soon, the Only Place to Smoke in San Francisco Will Be Alcatraz

Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.


Banned in America, 2013 Edition: Conversion Therapy, Eating Horse Meat, Plus Many More

Grab tight your freedoms, America: The country's collective legislatures are unleashing a torrent of new regulations.