Wildfire rages in Southern California coastal mountains

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire raging through Southern California coastal mountains threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down Wednesday as the fire-scarred state faced a new round of dry winds that raise risk of infernos. The Alisal Fire covered more than 24 square miles (62 square kilometers) in […]

UN climate summit leader says rich countries need to pay up

Alok Sharma, the British official who will preside over an upcoming U.N. climate summit said he’s losing sleep over how to get long-promised funding for poorer nations to switch to cleaner energy and cope with the worst impacts of climate change.

Brussels weekend climate march draws thousands

Dressed as endangered fish or tigers or wearing toy polar bears on their heads, demonstrators marched through Brussels on Sunday, October 10, 2021, to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow starting this month.

Ruling party narrowly loses Czech vote; PM Babis may be out

By Karel Janicek | Associated Press PRAGUE — Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ centrist party on Saturday narrowly lost the Czech Republic’s parliamentary election, a surprise development that could mean the end of the populist billionaire’s reign in power. The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the lower house of the Czech Republic’s parliament took […]

Google places limits on climate denial ads

Google will ban digital ads promoting false climate change claims from appearing next to other content, hoping to limit revenue for climate change deniers and stop the spread of misinformation on its platforms.

Flooded Tennessee town wrestles with how, where to rebuild

By Jonathan Mattise and Travis Loller | Associated Press WAVERLY, Tenn. — In the 100 years that Jim Traylor’s family had lived in his house in rural Waverly, Tennessee, it hadn’t once flooded. The normally shallow Trace Creek where he had fished and swam as a kid had never crossed the one-lane road that separated […]

Democrats still struggling to save Biden $3.5T bill

By Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite a long night of frantic negotiations, Democrats were unable to reach an immediate deal to salvage President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion government overhaul, forcing leaders to call off promised votes on a related public works bill. Action is to resume Friday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had pushed […]

Pelosi vows to pass infrastructure, eyes smaller social bill

By Hope Yen | Associated Press WASHINGTON — With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while acknowledging the total […]

Trudeau’s Liberals win Canada election, but miss majority

By ROB GILLIES TORONTO (AP) — Canadians gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party a victory in Monday’s parliamentary elections, but his gamble to win a majority of seats failed and nearly mirrored the result of two years ago. The Liberals won the most seats of any party. The 49-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power […]

Canadians vote in pandemic election that could cost Trudeau

By ROB GILLIES TORONTO (AP) — Canadians voted Monday in a pandemic election that could weaken Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or reward his government’s handling of the pandemic. Trudeau gambled on an early election to try to capitalize on the fact that Canada is now among the most fully vaccinated countries in the world. But […]