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Today in History

Dec. 13, 2021 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2021. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 2000, Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down...

Biden's climate plan aims to reduce methane emissions

Nov. 02, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday launched a wide-ranging plan to reduce methane emissions, targeting a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming and packs a stronger short-term punch than even carbon dioxide. The plan...

Maine groups get more than $700K to grow rural opportunities

Oct. 31, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Organizations in Maine are slated to get more than $700,000 from the federal government to help with rural challenges such as high-speed internet, education and health care. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the money...

USDA OKs disaster declarations for North Carolina counties

Oct. 21, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Twelve counties in western North Carolina have been granted requests for a primary county disaster designation after excessive rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Fred during the summer, according to a news release. The news release from Gov, Roy...

Judge limits strikers' conduct at Deere plant in Iowa

Oct. 20, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order that details how picketing workers at the Deere & Co. plant in Davenport must conduct themselves. In seeking the injunction Wednesday, Deere officials alleged that striking workers had...

Biden administration move could block Minnesota copper mine

Oct. 20, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Biden administration dealt a serious blow Wednesday to the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, ordering a study that could lead to a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The...

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

Oct. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year, and on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several steps it plans to take...