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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Dec. 08, 2021 13:01 PM EST

Champaign News-Gazette. December 5, 2021. Editorial: Secret spending plan an affront to open, honest government Pulling fast ones is a longstanding, but unfortunate, practice in Illinois’ legislative process. There’s a reason why the governor and...

'Cheugy,' 'omicron' among 2021's most mispronounced words

Dec. 07, 2021 01:25 AM EST

“Cheugy” is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common — broadcasters butcher their names. And virtually everyone is having trouble with “omicron.” All...

Shell pulls out of controversial Cambo project in Scotland

Dec. 03, 2021 10:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial plan to develop a new oil field near Scotland’s Shetland Islands, buoying environmentalists’ hopes that the project may be shelved altogether as Britain seeks to combat global warming. Shell, which...

Australian opposition promises deeper emission reductions

Dec. 02, 2021 23:54 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia would set a more ambitious target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by the end of the decade if the government changes hands in elections early next year, the opposition leader said on Friday. Center-left Labor Party...

30,000 in UK without power for 5th night after storm

Dec. 01, 2021 09:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some 30,000 people in the north of England and in Scotland have been without electricity for the better part of a week after a storm brought snow, ice and the most severe disruption to infrastructure in years, British officials said Wednesday. Storm Arwen...

The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

Nov. 29, 2021 18:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday broadened its recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is identified in more countries. The agency had previously approved boosters for all adults, but only...

UK to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

Nov. 29, 2021 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is extending its COVID-19 booster vaccine program to millions more people as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new omicron variant, which is feared to be more contagious and vaccine-resistant. The British government said Monday that it...

Scotland's leader aims for independence referendum in 2023

Nov. 29, 2021 10:51 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s leader said Monday that she will renew her push for independence from the United Kingdom next year, with the aim of holding a referendum on secession in 2023. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the independence campaign, stalled by the...

Tens of thousands without power in UK in storm's wake

Nov. 28, 2021 11:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people in Scotland and northern England remained without power Sunday after a storm brought sleet, subzero temperatures and disruptions across much of the U.K. Icy gusts caused power cuts around the border between Scotland and England,...

At least 3 people dead during first winter storm in UK

Nov. 27, 2021 14:18 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — At least three people have died in the U.K. after the year's first winter storm battered parts of the countries with gusts of nearly 100 mph (160 kph). The storm, which was named Arwen by the country's Met Office, hit parts of the north of England,...