Latest: Oregon deputy on leave over wildfire claims

The Latest on wildfires in the U.S. West (all times local): 1 p.m. OREGON CITY, Ore. — A sheriff’s deputy in Oregon has been placed on leave after a video surfaced in which he suggested left-wing activists had been “causing hell” in setting wildfires — a claim that has been debunked by the FBI. Clackamas […]

The Latest: Biden vows to unite an America mired in crises

By The Associated Press Joe Biden is vowing to unite an America torn by crisis and contempt. Biden accepted the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, achieving a pinnacle in an unfinished quest that has spanned three decades and been marred by personal tragedy, political stumbles and more dynamic rivals. The past hurdles fell away as […]

Democrats pound their message: To oust Trump, you must vote

By STEVE PEOPLES, MICHELLE L. PRICE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama warned that American democracy could falter if President Donald Trump is reelected, a stunning rebuke of his successor that was echoed by Kamala Harris at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night as she embraced her historic role as the […]

The Latest: Jill Biden makes personal case for husband Joe

By The Associated Press Jill Biden offered a deeply personal and hopeful endorsement of her husband as a man who can lead the nation through adversity during the Democratic National Convention. On Tuesday night, she pledged to the nation that if her husband is elected president, America’s classrooms “will ring out with laughter and possibility […]

Bhutan Imposes Coronavirus Lockdown for the First Time

(THIMPU, Bhutan) — The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has imposed its first nationwide lockdown due to a virus infection in a returning traveler who had been released from quarantine. The government issued a stay-at-home order for its approximately 750,000 people, and all schools, offices and commercial establishments were closed. The government’s statement said the lockdown […]

Wildfires Rage in Arctic Circle and Sea Ice Melts Amid Siberian Heatwave

(GENEVA) — The U.N. weather agency warned Friday that average temperatures in Siberia were 10 degrees Celsius (18 Fahrenheit) above average last month, a spate of exceptional heat that has fanned devastating fires in the Arctic Circle and contributed to a rapid depletion in ice sea off Russia’s Arctic coast. “The Arctic is heating more […]

Polar bears will go extinct by 2100 because of climate change, study says

The heating of the planet is pushing Earth’s polar bear population to its limit, and according to a new study, they could have fewer than 100 years left before extinction.The carnivorous bears live by hunting seals in the Arctic Ocean, but as more and more ice melts in that region, their habitat continues to shrink. […]

The Latest: China has 1st non-imported infection in 2 weeks

By The Associated Press BEIJING — China has reported its first non-imported case of the new coronavirus in two weeks, an infected person on the island of Hainan off the southern coast. The National Health Commission said Sunday that there were also five imported cases in the previous 24-hour period, bringing the nation’s total case […]