Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal

By Hope Yen and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Lawmakers racing to seal a bipartisan infrastructure deal early this coming week are hitting a major roadblock over how much money should go to public transit, the group’s lead Republican negotiator said Sunday. As discussions continued through the weekend, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said […]

G20 environment ministers meet to prepare for COP26 in Nov.

With forest fires raging in the U.S. and Russia and floods devastating parts of Western Europe, environment and energy ministers from the Group of 20 industrialized countries gathered on Thursday, July 22, 2021, for two days of talks ahead of November’s crucial climate change conference.

Huge Oregon blaze grows as wildfires burn across western US

Associated Press BLY, Oregon (AP) — The largest wildfire in the U.S. torched more dry forest landscape in Oregon on Sunday, one of dozens of major blazes burning across the West as critically dangerous fire weather loomed in the coming days. The destructive Bootleg Fire just north of the California border grew to more than […]

California fire jumps highway, prompts evacuations; Oregon blaze balloons

By DAISY NGUYEN and GILLIAN FLACCUS | The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO  — A rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday as critically dangerous wildfire weather loomed in the coming days. The Tamarack Fire, […]

Unstable weather will continue to fuel huge Oregon blaze

By Gillian Flaccus | Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Dry, unstable and windy conditions will keep fueling a massive wildfire in southern Oregon, forecasters said, as the largely uncontained blaze grows by miles each day. The Bootleg Fire was just one of numerous wildfires burning across the U.S. West. Crews had to flee the fire […]

Cyprus asks EU, Israel for help fighting huge forest fire

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus asked fellow European Union nations on Saturday to help battle a huge forest fire in a mountainous region of the east Mediterranean island nation that has forced the evacuation of at least seven villages. Cypriot Environment Minister Costas Kadis told state broadcaster CyBC that the fire has claimed “huge tracts […]

Report showed ‘major’ damage before Florida condo collapse

By CURT ANDERSON and BERNARD CONDON ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The ground-floor pool deck of the oceanfront condominium building that collapsed near Miami was resting on a concrete slab that had “major structural damage” and needed to be extensively repaired, according to a 2018 engineering report that also uncovered “abundant cracking and spalling” of […]

Biden to GOP: ‘Don’t get in the way’ of infrastructure plan

By Lisa Mascaro and Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is warning naysayers in Congress not to “get in the way” of his big infrastructure plans as the White House panned a counteroffer from Republican senators to tap unused COVID-19 relief for a more modest investment in roads, highways and other […]

The Latest: Colo. governor extends statewide mask mandate

By The Associated Press DENVER — Colorado’s governor has extended a statewide mask mandate for another 30 days, but loosened face covering requirements for groups who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Under Gov. Jared Polis’ new executive order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or more are no longer required to wear masks if at […]

The Latest: US to talk to WTO on wider vaccine distribution

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. trade representative will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from being more widely distributed. The White House has been under intense pressure to join an effort to help […]