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Grain ship to dock in Ukraine, leave for Africa

Aug. 12, 2022 05:12 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Thrown between hope and despair, expectations were raised Friday that the first U.N. grain transport ship could soon be leaving Ukraine for Africa while more Russian shelling struck the east of the country. Closing in on the half-year mark, the war has sent...

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

Aug. 12, 2022 01:03 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 seniors in the Medicare program. A new corporate minimum tax to ensure big businesses pay their share. And billions left over to pay...

Nuke or no nuke? California officials ponder nuclear future

Aug. 12, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Legislature has less than three weeks to determine if it will take an extraordinary step and attempt to extend the life of California's last operating nuclear plant, a decision that would be made amid looming questions over the cost and who would pay and...

Newsom: California must boost water recycling, desalination

Aug. 11, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should invest tens of billions of dollars in water recycling, storage and desalination over the next two decades to shore up its supply as the state gets drier and hotter, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a proposal released Thursday. It comes as...

UN demands end to military activity at Ukraine nuke plant

Aug. 11, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. nuclear chief warned Thursday that “very alarming” military activity at Europe’s largest nuclear plant in southeastern Ukraine could lead to dangerous consequences for the region and called for an end to attacks at the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia facility....

Give and take: West gives Ukraine weapons, bans Russian coal

Aug. 11, 2022 16:55 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — On a day of give and take, Western nations made more pledges to send arms to Ukraine while the European Union's full ban on Russian coal imports kicked in Thursday, adding to the sanctions against Moscow that intelligence claims are hurting its defense exports. ...

Massachusetts governor signs major climate bill into law

Aug. 11, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' governor signed into law Thursday a major climate change bill that's meant to bring the state closer to its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker encourages the development of offshore wind...

Investigation blames human error for nuclear plant siren

Aug. 11, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Authorities blamed human error Thursday for some sirens that were inadvertently activated at a New Hampshire nuclear power station last month. The state Homeland Security and Emergency Management agency and plant owner NextEra Energy Resources put out...

UK meets energy firms but no help yet for hard-hit consumers

Aug. 11, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and senior ministers held inconclusive talks Thursday with energy companies amid mounting pressure to help residents cope with soaring gas and electricity prices. Johnson, who is in his final weeks as prime minister, joined...

Ukraine says 9 Russian warplanes destroyed in Crimea blasts

Aug. 10, 2022 22:55 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a deadly string of explosions at an air base in Crimea that appeared to be the result of a Ukrainian attack, which would represent a significant escalation in the war. Russia denied any...