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On climate change, Biden $3.5T plan making up for lost time

Sep. 28, 2021 16:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden visited one disaster site after another this summer — from California wildfires to hurricane-induced flooding in Louisiana and New York — he said climate change is “everybody’s crisis” and America must get serious about the “code red”...

City Council passes Detroit River protection ordinance

Sep. 28, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Companies operating along Detroit’s riverfront face increased inspections and maintenance rules following a dock collapse and materials spill into the waterway. The Detroit River Protection Ordinance was approved Tuesday by the City Council and goes...

Yellen says infrastructure overhaul will US boost economy

Sep. 28, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Tuesday that President Joe Biden's spending proposals will address long-overdue U.S. infrastructure needs and prepare the country to meet future challenges. In remarks before the National Association for Business...

US Steel: Plant's orange plume had elevated iron levels

Sep. 28, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says a northwestern Indiana plant's discharge of elevated levels of iron were the cause of an orange plume that entered a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of several nearby beaches and a water treatment facility. Company...

'Neglected danger': Nukes not in forefront in speeches at UN

Sep. 28, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It was the Marshall Islands' turn to speak, and the president wanted to remind world leaders of a cause the United Nations has espoused since its founding. “No effort should be spared," President David Kabua told the U.N. General Assembly this month,...

Feds aim to reduce lines of planes waiting to take off

Sep. 28, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials plan to roll out software at 27 large U.S. airports that they hope will eliminate long lines of planes waiting to take off while also slightly reducing fuel consumption. It won't happen soon. A Federal Aviation Administration official...

Green energy takes hold in unlikely places with Ford project

Sep. 28, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ky. (AP) — When Ford revealed plans to ramp up its commitment to the fledgling electric vehicle sector, the automaker chose to create thousands of jobs and pump billions in investments into two states where Republican leaders have vilified the push for green energy and defended...

Kennebec dam owner sues Maine agencies as saga continues

Sep. 28, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River sued two Maine agencies on Monday alleging they improperly cooperated on fish passage regulations that impact the future of the dams and fish populations. The lawsuit filed in Kennebec...

$5B conservation plan offers new approach, but faces hurdles

Sep. 28, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

A pledge by nine grantmakers to give $5 billion to conservation efforts that address threats to biodiversity and to help curb climate change is taking a different approach than philanthropy has embraced in the past — one that may require those organizations to do things differently. ...

Gov. Lee: $500 million incentive package for Ford factory

Sep. 28, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offered $500 million in incentives for the creation of a $5.6 billion campus where Ford Motor Co. plans to build electric F-Series pickup trucks at the Memphis Regional Megasite industrial complex, Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday. The...