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UN rights chief: Action on climate a matter of survival

Oct. 28, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights official called Thursday for countries to act decisively on climate change, saying it is a “matter of survival” for humanity. In a statement ahead of next week's U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, the global body's High...

Oil chiefs set to testify at landmark congressional hearing

Oct. 28, 2021 05:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top executives at ExxonMobil and other oil giants are set to testify at a landmark House hearing Thursday as congressional Democrats investigate what they describe as a decades-long, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing...

Paid family leave falls out of Biden's bill as tempers rise

Oct. 28, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats signaled a deal is within reach on President Joe Biden's big domestic bill, but momentum fizzled and tempers flared as a paid family leave proposal fell out and a billionaires' tax appeared scrapped, mostly to satisfy a pivotal member of the 50-50 Senate. ...

Biden bound for global summits as domestic agenda in limbo

Oct. 28, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to show the world that democracies can work to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As he prepares to push that message at a pair of global summits, his case could hinge on what's happening in Washington, where he is rushing to finalize a...

Biden, Dems get low marks on spending talks: AP-NORC poll

Oct. 28, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden and Democrats try to get a roughly $2 trillion package over the finish line, a new poll shows that fewer than half of Americans approve of how they have handled the spending bill. And many say they know little to nothing about it. ...

Turkey's Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

Oct. 28, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual...

Australia rules out committing to methane reduction target

Oct. 28, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday ruled out promising to cut methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade in a stance that will add to criticism that the country is a laggard in addressing climate change. Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions...

Facebook expanding Los Lunas data center by 2 new buildings

Oct. 27, 2021 23:36 PM EDT

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is expanding its Los Lunas data center by two new buildings, according to company officials. Once completed, company officials said the nearly 3.8 million-square-foot data center will represent an investment of nearly $2 billion and will...

Paid family leave falls out of Biden bill as tempers rise

Oct. 27, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats signaled a deal is within reach on President Joe Biden's big domestic bill but momentum fizzled and tempers flared late Wednesday as a paid family leave proposal fell out and a billionaires' tax appeared scrapped, mostly to satisfy a pivotal member of the...

Feds offer loans to those harmed by California oil spill

Oct. 27, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The federal government will offer disaster loans to businesses harmed by an oil spill that shut down Southern California shorelines earlier this month, it was announced Wednesday. The U.S. Small Business Administration approved disaster...