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New York state has sued PepsiCo for allegedly polluting one of its rivers with plastic bottles and wrappers.

The lawsuit accuses the soft drinks company and its Frito-Lay subsidiaries of creating a public nuisance by the mass production of the single-use items, some of which inevitably fall or blow into the Buffalo River when they are discarded.

The legal action alleges PepsiCo has hurt the environment, claiming it is partly responsible for litter that ends up in water supplying the city of Buffalo with drinking water.

The lawsuit was filed in the state’s Supreme Court by attorney general Letitia James who said: “No company is too big to ensure that their products do not damage our environment and public health.

“All New Yorkers have a basic right to clean water, yet PepsiCo’s irresponsible packaging and marketing endanger Buffalo’s water supply, environment, and public health.”

The attorney general’s office noted that a 2022 survey named PepsiCo as the single largest identifiable contributor to plastic waste in the Buffalo River.

It found that of 1,916 pieces of plastic waste containing an identifiable brand, 17.1% were produced by PepsiCo. McDonald’s was a distant second.

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The lawsuit links the plastic waste to the prevalence of microplastics, which are pieces less than 5mm in length and could be harmful to human health if ingested.

Ms James, a Democrat, wants PepsiCo to warn customers about the potential health and environmental risks of its packaging.

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The lawsuit also wants the court to force the company to develop a plan to keep its packaging out of the Buffalo River, and seeks financial penalties and restitution.

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PepsiCo, which is headquartered in Westchester County in New York, said in a statement that it was serious about “plastic reduction and effective recycling”.

It did not directly comment on the lawsuit’s claim that it was legally responsible for keeping litter out of the Buffalo River.

Last week, Coca-Cola, Danone and Nestle were accused of misleading claims about the number of recycled plastics they use.

Lawyers complained to the European Commission that the firms’ claims that their single-use plastic bottles are either 100% recycled or 100% recyclable bottles aren’t accurate.

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Travis Scott arrested for ‘causing a disturbance while drunk and trespassing’

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Rapper Travis Scott has been arrested for “disorderly intoxication and trespassing”, police in the US have said.

Scott, who has two children with Kylie Jenner, was arrested for causing a “disturbance” on a charter boat at the Miami Beach Marina, where he “was drunk, and asked to leave multiple times”, the Miami Beach Police Department said.

Officers were called to the marina at 12.44 am on Thursday morning to reports of a disturbance, according to official records.

The 10-time Grammy Award nominee was reportedly getting off a charter boat when the owner of the boat asked him to leave, 7News Miami said on its website.

The force said officers found Scott, arguably one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the world, “standing by the dock yelling at the vessel occupants”, and while he complied with their instructions to begin with, he then ignored them, NBC, Sky’s US partner, said.

Officers could sense “a strong smell of alcohol coming from the defendant’s breath”, records showed.

Though he agreed to leave the dock after being threatened with arrest, he did not go quietly.

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As he walked to the boardwalk, Scott “walked backwards yelling obscenities to the occupants of the vessel”, police said.

He left the marina, but returned five minutes later and was seen by officers walking back toward the vessel.

Scott spoke to a sergeant he had spoken to earlier and began yelling once again – “becoming erratic” and “disturbing the peace of the occupants of the marina and nearby residential buildings causing a public disturbance”, court documents said.

The 33-year-old musician was arrested at 1.17am and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center at 4.35 am on a charge of alleged disorderly intoxication as well as trespassing property after warning.

He submitted a $650 (£512) bond – $500 (£394) for the trespass charge and $150 (£118) for disorderly intoxication, the Daily Mail said.

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Scott, real name Jacques Bermon Webster II, has achieved four number-one hits on the US charts and is known for his energetic live shows and successful albums, including Astroworld.

He has two children with the socialite and media personality, Kylie Jenner, but the pair are no longer together.

His European tour, titled Circus Maximus, is due to start in The Netherlands next Friday and he is scheduled to play Manchester’s Co-Op Live venue on 13 July.

In 2021, 10 fans died in a crowd surge at his Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas, where he was born.

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He did not face criminal charges over their deaths but remains involved in civil cases alleging that organisers were at fault.

Last year he scored his first UK number one album with Utopia, which has been streamed more than 50 billion times globally, NME said.

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Texas: Video shows moment driver rams into two cyclists before driving over one of them

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The moment two cyclists were rear-ended by a drunk driver has been caught on camera by one of their colleagues.

Filmed on Monday, the video shows cyclists riding on the right-hand side of the road near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport when a white SUV rams them from behind.

Both riders are knocked to the ground – the SUV then veers to the left, before driving over one of the stricken cyclists.

Thomas Geppert, 69, was was taken to hospital with a severe laceration to his leg, the other victim, 65-year-old Deborah Eads was treated at the scene.

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Local news outlets reported other cyclists riding with the pair then pursued the driver – 31-year-old Benjamin Hylander – to a nearby Shell petrol station and forced him to return to the scene of the crash.

According to a police report, Hylander told investigators he had a beer an hour before the crash, but a breathalyser test showed his blood alcohol concentration was over the minimum threshold of 0.15.

It added that officers also found six empty cans of Voodoo Ranger beer while searching his vehicle.

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Hylander is now in custody and has been charged with two counts of intoxication assault with a vehicle, one count of accident involving injury, and one count of driving while intoxicated.

His employer is listed as American Airlines, who said on Wednesday that he would be withheld from service.

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Sky News has contacted DFW Airport Police and American Airlines for comment.

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Justin Timberlake drink-driving charge: Lawyer to ‘vigorously defend’ pop star

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Justin Timberlake drink-driving charge: Lawyer to 'vigorously defend' pop star

Justin Timberlake’s lawyer has said he is “looking forward to vigorously defending” the US singer after he was arrested and charged with drink-driving.

Timberlake, 43, had reportedly been having dinner with friends on Long Island, New York, before his arrest in the early hours of Tuesday.

The Grammy winner was held overnight and formally charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) misdemeanour at Sag Harbor Village Justice Court on Tuesday morning before being released.

Lawyer Edward Burke Jr said: “I look forward to vigorously defending Mr Timberlake on these allegations.

“I will have a lot to say at the appropriate time but am currently awaiting full discovery from the District Attorney’s office.”

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The 43-year-old pop star was driving a BMW when he was pulled over in Sag Harbor, a wealthy village in the Hamptons, at 12.37am local time after failing to maintain his lane of travel and pause at a stop sign, the local police department said.

An officer who stopped him described his eyes as being “bloodshot and glassy” and said a “strong odour of an alcoholic beverage was emanating from his breath”, according to a court document.

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“He was unable to divide attention, he had slowed speech, he was unsteady afoot and he performed poorly on all standardised field sobriety tests,” the court papers added.

Timberlake, whose mugshot was released after his arrest, reportedly told officers he had one martini and was following some friends home, and refused to take a breath test.

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His next court date is scheduled for 26 July, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said.

It comes after local media reported the police officer who pulled him over was so young he failed to recognise the pop star.

Page Six, the New York Post’s celebrity and entertainment site, cited a source who told them the officer “didn’t recognise him or his name”.

According to their reporting, a second source told them that during the arrest, Timberlake said “under his breath – ‘This is going to ruin the tour’.”

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Timberlake, who rose to fame with boyband NSYNC before finding huge success as a solo artist with hits including Like I Love You, Cry Me A River, SexyBack and Mirrors, is scheduled to appear in Chicago for two dates this week before further shows across the US, Canada and Europe between June and December.

Timberlake, who used to date fellow pop star Britney Spears, has also starred in films, including The Social Network and Friends with Benefits.

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