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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 12, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Photo altered to include judge who...

Polio detected in NYC's sewage, suggesting virus circulating

Aug. 12, 2022 13:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The virus that causes polio has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday. The presence of the...

Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it

Aug. 12, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely...

Poland: 'Huge' amounts of chemical waste dumped into river

Aug. 12, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Friday that “huge amounts of chemical waste” were probably dumped intentionally into the Oder River, which runs along the border with Germany, causing environmental damage so severe it will take the river years to recover. Tons...

Dems near congressional passage of climate, health package

Aug. 12, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their flagship climate change and health care bill toward House passage Friday, placing President Joe Biden on the brink of a back-from-the-dead triumph on his leading domestic goals that could energize his party going into November’s elections. ...

European drought dries up rivers, kills fish, shrivels crops

Aug. 12, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

LUX, France (AP) — Once, a river ran through it. Now, white dust and thousands of dead fish cover the wide trench that winds amid rows of trees in France’s Burgundy region in what was the Tille River in the village of Lux. From dry and cracked reservoirs in Spain to falling water...

European firefighters join battle to stop French wildfires

Aug. 12, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Firefighters from across Europe started arriving in France on Friday to help battle several wildfires, including a giant blaze ravaging pine forests in the southwest. A series of heat waves have compounded a critical drought in much of Europe to create prime wildfire...

India to miss renewable energy goal, officials, experts say

Aug. 12, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — India will miss its renewable energy target for the end of the year, with experts saying “multiple challenges” including a lack of financial help and taxes on imported components are stalling the clean energy industry. The country has installed just over...

Oil company cleaning up spill in Dunn County

Aug. 12, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil company is cleaning up a spill in Dunn County. Officials with the state Department of Environmental Quality said that Leland Oil and Gas notified state agencies of the spill from a bulk oil tank about 3.5 miles northeast of Killdeer on Monday. The...

In Biden's big bill: Climate, health care, deficit reduction

Aug. 12, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The biggest investment ever in the U.S. to fight climate change. A hard-fought cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions left over to pay down federal...