Source: Biden to pick Yellen as treasury secretary

By Christopher Rugaber and Michael Balsamo | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary, a pivotal role in which she would help shape and direct his economic policies at a perilous time, according to a person familiar with the transition plans. Yellen, […]

President-elect Joe Biden turns 78

By Aamer Madhani | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In two months, he’ll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice. As he wrestles with those issues, Biden will be attempting […]

Pope Francis calls to congratulate president-elect Biden

By Will Weissert and David Crary | Associated Press It’s not exactly divine intervention, but even the pope considers the U.S. presidential race over. President-elect Joe Biden, a lifelong Roman Catholic, spoke to Pope Francis on Thursday, despite President Donald Trump refusing to concede. Trump claims — without evidence — that the election was stolen […]

Study: 1M to 2M tons of US plastic trash go astray every year

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press More than a million tons a year of America’s plastic trash isn’t ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300 plastic grocery bags per person is landing in places such as oceans and roadways, according to a new study of U.S. plastic trash. In 2016 […]

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

By Matthew Brown, John Flesher and Jim Mone | Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just days […]

Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands […]

Veggie burgers are still burgers, at least in Europe

Associated Press BRUSSELS — It’s a meaty issue but the EU has taken a stance: veggie burgers are in fact burgers. European lawmakers said Friday that plant-based products that do not contain meat, including veggie burgers, soy steaks and vegan sausages, can continue to be sold as such in restaurants and shops across the European […]

Colorado fire season drags on longer than normal

By Patty Nieberg | Associated Press/Report for America DENVER — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out of a movie, it’s become the reality of Colorado’s wildfire season. The blazes have burned the second-most acreage since 2000 and included the state’s […]

Tracking map: Hurricane Delta heads toward Louisiana on Laura’s path

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana residents confronting the menace of a new hurricane weeks after one battered their communities got stark warnings Thursday to brace for winds that could turn debris into missiles. Forecasts showed Delta had strengthened back into a Category 3 hurricane as it bore down on the state carrying winds of up […]

US to block palm oil from major Malaysian producer

By Margie Mason and Robin McDowell | Associated Press The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about children, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual […]