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Many environmentalists back Biden's move to tap oil reserve

Nov. 24, 2021 05:18 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and climate activists generally supported President Joe Biden's decision to release a record 50 million barrels of oil from America's strategic reserve, even as the move appeared to contradict his long-term vision of combating climate change. ...

Boston mayor divests vulnerable city from fossil fuels

Nov. 22, 2021 15:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu signed an ordinance Monday designed to divest the city from fossil fuels. The ordinance will prohibit the use of public funds from being invested in the stocks, securities or other obligations of any company that derives more than...

Michelle Wu sworn in as Boston’s first woman elected mayor

Nov. 16, 2021 15:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Michelle Wu was sworn in Tuesday as Boston’s first woman and first person of color elected mayor in the city's long history. The swearing-in of the city's first Asian American mayor came two weeks after Wu won the city's mayoral election. Before Wu,...

Legislative push for permanent daylight saving time renewed

Nov. 06, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Members of Congress are renewing the push to make daylight saving time permanent as most of the nation prepares to turn back the clocks one hour this Sunday. U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, said the bipartisan Sunshine...

Boston elects Wu, first woman and Asian American as mayor

Nov. 03, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston voters, marking a key milestone in the city's long political history, for the first time elected a woman and an Asian American as mayor on Tuesday, tapping City Councilor Michelle Wu to serve in the city’s top political office. Wu’s victory...

An "eraser button"? Focused ideas could help bridle Big Tech

Nov. 02, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Break up Big Tech? How about shrinking the tech companies’ shield against liability in cases where the content they push to users causes harm? Or creating a new regulator to strictly oversee the industry? Those ideas have captured official attention...

Boston mayoral candidates hoping to make history Tuesday

Nov. 01, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The two candidates hoping to make history in Boston's mayoral contest — Democrats Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George — spent the final hours of the campaign racing from neighborhood to neighborhood urging their voters to turn up at the polls Tuesday. ...

Senators put YouTube, TikTok, Snap on defensive on kids' use

Oct. 26, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators put executives from YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat on the defensive Tuesday, questioning them about what they’re doing to ensure young users’ safety on their platforms. Citing the harm that can come to vulnerable young people from the sites...

Biden's dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

Oct. 19, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want? But increasingly the answer is crystal clear. The conservative West Virginia Democrat wants to dismantle President Joe Biden's proposed climate change strategies and social services...

Biden's dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

Oct. 18, 2021 21:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's enduring question: What does Joe Manchin want? But increasingly the answer is crystal clear. The conservative West Virginia Democrat wants to dismantle President Joe Biden's proposed climate change strategies and social services...