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Why U.S. Cities Have Been Making it Harder to Feed the Homeless

Los Angeles is the latest city to consider a ban on providing meals to the homeless in public.

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Why Vancouver Is Banning the Doorknob

A not-so-ridiculous idea.

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Coming Soon to the E-Cigarette Regulation Debate: A Sliver of Clarity

The FDA is set to release proposed regulations on electronic cigarettes by the end of this month. Confused local governments could sure use them.

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Kolkata Tries to Reduce Traffic in the Worst Possible Way

Officials recently decided to prohibit people form using bicycles on nearly 200 streets in the central city during the day.

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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.

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Careful Ladies. According to a Saudi Cleric, Driving Could Damage Your Ovaries

New logic from one of the country's most conservative "scholars."

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The Hong Kong Marathon Wants to Ban Selfies

Even a quick snap can cause a massive, dangerous runner pile-up, organizers say.

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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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The Latest Scourge Afflicting Our Parks: Outdoor Yoga Classes?

Denver and Santa Monica are cracking down on fitness classes in public spaces.

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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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It Really Only Took About 20 Years for the U.S. to Turn Smokers Into Pariahs

How a policy built on very little data has transformed the way we view smoking.

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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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One Chinese City Wants to Punish Unmarried Women With Kids

Because it's their fault that married men cheat on their wives, the reasoning goes.

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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?

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Public Health Initiative of the Day: No Salt For You

Mexico City's "Menos sal, más salud" encourages restaurant owners to make salt shakers available only for those who request them.

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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.

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

You probably don't want to know.