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Ellen DeGeneres to end long-running TV talk show next year

May. 12, 2021 22:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is calling time on her long-running talk show. The daytime host, who has seen a ratings hit after allegations of running a toxic workplace, has decided that the upcoming 19th season will be the last, ending in 2022. It coincides with the...

Biden courts Hill leaders, but GOP won't budge on big deal

May. 12, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite sharing pleasantries at the White House, Republican congressional leaders signaled no willingness Wednesday to embrace President Joe Biden's ideas for a massive infrastructure investment, insisting instead on a much smaller package and rejecting the idea of...

Kerry: US weighs sanctions on China solar over forced labor

May. 12, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

The Biden administration is considering sanctions over China’s alleged use of forced labor in production of solar panels and other components in renewable energy, climate envoy John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday. Kerry’s comments at the House Foreign Affairs...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

May. 12, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. May 11, 2021. Editorial: Welcome progress in Madison Observers of Wisconsin politics could be forgiven for believing the state’s political culture was primarily focused on bickering. That is, after all, seemingly the...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 9, 2021. Editorial: Focus should be on a safer University of Minnesota campus Student activists seem more focused on a number of unhelpful demands. Tensions are running high between some University...

Analysis: Violence upends Biden's Israel-Palestinian outlook

May. 12, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence has flummoxed the Biden administration in its first four months as it attempts to craft a Middle East policy it believes will be more durable and fairer than that of its predecessor. Its early hesitation to...

Mining ban considered to protect bird species in US West

May. 11, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will consider a ban on new mining on large expanses of public lands in Western states to protect a struggling bird species, the greater sage grouse. The Interior Department review comes in response to...

EPA sets grants to restore 'brownfields' at blighted sites

May. 11, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday announced more than $66 million in grants to 151 communities nationwide to assess and clean up contaminated or abandoned "brownfields'' — industrial and commercial properties that contain a hazardous substance, pollutant or...

Petitioning starts for plan to expand Mississippi Medicaid

May. 11, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Health care professionals on Tuesday became the first people to sign petitions to put Medicaid expansion on the November 2022 ballot in Mississippi. Organizers of Initiative 76 have a year to gather more than 106,000 signatures. But to reach the...

AP source: Biden to tap Rahm Emanuel for ambassador to Japan

May. 11, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is expected to nominate former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Japan, according to a person familiar with the president's decision. The person, who was not authorized to comment publicly about the...