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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019 file photo, logs are stacked at a lumber mill surrounded by recently charred and deforested fields near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil. Dozens of Brazilian corporations are calling for a crackdown on illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest, expressing their concerns in a letter Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to the vice president, who heads the government's council on that region. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Bolsonaro imposes 4-month ban on fires to preserve Amazon

Jul. 16, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday banned setting agricultural and forest fires as the country enters the dry season at a moment when the government faces pressure from local and foreign companies to show greater commitment to environmental protection....

South Dakota reports an increase in new unemployment claims

Jul. 16, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — New unemployment claims in South Dakota increased during the most recent reporting period as the U.S. economy struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, but the number of continued state claims has decreased from its highest mark in May. The Department of Labor and Regulation...

France looks at law for returning colonial-era artifacts

Jul. 16, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French government presented a draft law Wednesday that would enable France to return certain cultural artifacts taken from African countries during the colonial era. The law, which will go to parliament for consideration, centers on the transfer of ownership of several African objects,...

Nearly $23 million aimed at 3 rural Tennessee projects

Jul. 16, 2020 4:14 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. David Kustoff has announced nearly $23 million in federal loans and grants for community facilities projects in three rural West Tennessee counties. The Republican congressman's office said in a news release Wednesday that the funding for the projects is part of a $153...

A Berkeley police vehicle waits at a stop light near graffiti calling for the defunding of the Berkeley police department on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. The city of Berkeley moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead use unarmed civilian city workers as part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement. The City Council also set a goal of cutting the police budget by 50%. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stops

Jul. 15, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After hours of emotional public testimony and a middle-of-the-night vote by Berkeley leaders, the progressive California city is moving forward with a novel proposal to replace police with unarmed civilians during traffic stops in a bid to curtail racial profiling. The City Council...

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, left, speaks with Sen. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, right, about broadband services in rural communities following a Senate hearing on distance learning, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Both Presley and Public Service Commissioner for the Southern District Dane Maxwell, second from right, addressed the senators as the lawmakers also heard from education leaders, communications experts and businessmen about the impact and expense of COVID-19 on the state's educational institutions. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Reeves chooses senator to lead Mississippi utilities staff

Jul. 15, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Tate Reeves has appointed a third-term Republican state senator to be the new director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff, a group that analyzes proposals and provides advice to the three elected members of the Public Service Commission. Sen. Sally Doty, 53, of Brookhaven,...

Signs in Spanish warn about symptoms of COVID-19 at the entrance to the Girl's Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida breaks 300K mark for coronavirus; another 112 die

Jul. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida passed the 300,000 mark of confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday and reported more than 100 daily deaths for the third time in a week, prompting state Democratic leaders to accuse Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of not acting aggressively enough to stem the virus....

Colorado water officials to regulate ‘forever chemicals’

Jul. 15, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Water Quality Control Commission is putting new limits on a class of chemicals common in everything from nonstick pans to firefighting foam. Colorado Public Radio reports the commission voted unanimously Tuesday to regulate per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS...

President Donald speaks during an event on American infrastructure at UPS Hapeville Airport Hub, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump reins in major environmental law to speed big projects

Jul. 15, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he is rolling back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with keeping big construction projects from fouling up the environment and ensuring there is public input on major...

FILE- In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, robots work on an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up despite a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

Europe's shift to electric cars picks up despite recession

Jul. 15, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The coronavirus has cancelled business plans all over the world but Europe's push into electric cars isn't one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a deeply painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments....