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S. Carolinians scattering 3 mil seeds to staunch flooding

Apr. 22, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Schoolchildren and other volunteers are scattering more than three million loblolly pine seeds across South Carolina on Thursday in an effort to help mitigate the effects of disastrous flooding statewide, government officials said. The Earth Day...

Biden summit draws climate vows from sparring global leaders

Apr. 22, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden convened leaders of the world's most powerful countries on Thursday to try to spur global efforts against climate change, drawing commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting emissions...

German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

Apr. 22, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday as it was passed by parliament's upper house. The upper house,...

Burgum vetoes bill barring mask mandates by state officials

Apr. 21, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum and the GOP-controlled Legislature renewed their longstanding power struggle Wednesday, with the second-term governor vetoing a bill that would prohibit state officials from mandating face coverings. In his veto message,...

California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties

Apr. 21, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency Wednesday in two Northern California counties where grape growers and wineries are major users, an order that came in response to arid conditions affecting much of...

Latin American leaders seek more vaccines at Andorra summit

Apr. 21, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Representatives of 22 countries from Latin America and Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, in their first, mostly virtual meeting since the pandemic started, called for more equitable access to coronavirus vaccines and flexible funding for their economic recovery. ...

Bill to prevent retail shutdowns in disasters passes House

Apr. 21, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state House on Wednesday gave divided approval to a Republican-sponsored bill to let many retail stores remain open during a declared state of disaster emergency, which backers said would safely prevent smaller businesses from going broke. ...

Maryland music venues struggle to stay afloat amid pandemic

Apr. 21, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

Independent music venues continue to struggle financially to survive while in the midst of Maryland’s lifted pandemic restrictions and vaccine accessibility. Tecla Tesnau, owner of Baltimore’s indie-rock club Ottobar, said she remembers when she thought the pandemic...

2 arrested in Portland protests, mayor extends emergency

Apr. 21, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested two people Tuesday night in downtown Portland, Oregon, after a large group of people marched through the streets and smashed windows of businesses, including different Starbucks locations. The city has seen repeated protests and...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Apr. 21, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ April 21 The South Florida Sun Sentinel on the guilty verdict against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's killing: A murderer has been found guilty of his crime. That...