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Biden picks first person of color to head Census fulltime

Apr. 13, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he would pick the president of the American Statistical Association to lead the U.S. Census Bureau as it works toward releasing data from the 2020 census that will be used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts. If...

At 1st Cabinet meeting, Biden says team 'looks like America'

Apr. 01, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first Cabinet meeting looked and felt different from those of his predecessor. Biden's full Cabinet met Thursday in the spacious White House East Room, not the comparatively cramped West Wing room that bears the group's name, to...

AP Interview: EPA head removes Trump-era science advisers

Mar. 31, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move he said would help restore “scientific integrity,” the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency is removing dozens of scientists and other experts from key advisory boards named under President Donald Trump, saying they were overly friendly to...

Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting amid infrastructure push

Mar. 31, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden will convene his first Cabinet meeting on Thursday, a presidential rite of passage that will be used to promote his new infrastructure plan. The gathering will look very different from those held by his predecessor. To begin with, the full...

New chief Florida science officer named by DeSantis

Mar. 30, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A new chief science officer for Florida has been chosen, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. At an event celebrating Everglades restoration projects near Miami, DeSantis said Universy of South Florida professor and water expert Mark Rains will take over the...

Arkansas governor signs computer science requirement bill

Mar. 23, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed into law Tuesday legislation to require that high school students take a computer science course before graduating. Hutchinson had pushed for the measure as part of his legislative agenda after a task force...

Lawsuit challenges new admissions policy at elite Va. school

Mar. 10, 2021 05:01 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A conservative legal group is suing a northern Virginia school district for discriminating against Asian Americans by overhauling the admissions process at a selective public high school to recruit more Black and Hispanic students. The Pacific...

Biden faces steep challenges to reach renewable energy goals

Mar. 04, 2021 12:11 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Joe Biden wants to change the way the U.S. uses energy by expanding renewables, but he will need to navigate a host of challenges — including the coronavirus pandemic and restoring hundreds of thousands of lost jobs — to get it done. ...

AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China's rise

Mar. 04, 2021 09:11 AM EST

An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing "AI-enabled" weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. Schmidt and current...

Senate denies reimbursing attorney fees following audit

Feb. 19, 2021 10:39 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate has defeated a bill that would have reimbursed several officials who hired attorneys after they were caught up in criminal investigations resulting from 2019 state audits. The reimbursements would have only applied if a...