Yellen says infrastructure plans will boost US economy

By Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Tuesday that President Joe Biden’s spending proposals will address long-overdue U.S. infrastructure needs and prepare the country to meet future challenges. In remarks before the National Association for Business Economists, Yellen called on Congress to support the Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion “Build […]

Trudeau’s Liberals win Canada election, but miss majority

By ROB GILLIES | The Associated Press TORONTO — 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 the result was remarkably similar to the election two years ago. The Liberals won the most seats of any party. The […]

Biden surveys storm damage in NY, NJ, talks climate change

By Aamer Madhani and Darlene Superville | Associated Press MANVILLE, N.J. — Pointing accusingly at climate change, President Joe Biden toured deadly Northeast flood damage Tuesday and said he was thinking about the families who suffered “profound” losses from the powerful remnants of Hurricane Ida. Biden traveled to New Jersey and New York City to […]

July 2021 was hottest month ever recorded, NOAA says

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press Earth sizzled in July and became the hottest month in 142 years of recordkeeping, U.S. weather officials announced. As extreme heat waves struck parts of the United States and Europe, the globe averaged 62.07 degrees (16.73 degrees Celsius) last month, beating out the previous record set in July 2016 […]

Wildfires leave at least 32 dead in Algeria

Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria — At least 25 Algerian soldiers were killed saving residents from the wildfires ravaging mountain forests and villages east of the capital, the president announced Tuesday night as the death toll from the blazes crept up to at least 32. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune tweeted that the soldiers saved 100 citizens from […]

Biden presses Merkel on Russia pipeline project

By Aamer Madhani, Alexandra Jaffe and Frank Jordans | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Welcoming Angela Merkel to the White House for a final time, President Joe Biden renewed his concerns to the German chancellor Thursday about a major, nearly complete Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline but said they agreed Russia must not be allowed to use energy […]

Senate Democrats reach $3.5 trillion budget agreement

By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday that they’d reached a budget agreement envisioning spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade, paving the way for their drive to pour federal resources into climate change, health care and family-service programs sought by President Joe Biden. […]

Ice shelf protecting Antarctic glacier is breaking up faster

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press A critical Antarctic glacier is looking more vulnerable as satellite images show the ice shelf that blocks it from collapsing into the sea is breaking up much faster than before and spawning huge icebergs, a new study says. The Pine Island Glacier’s ice shelf loss accelerated in 2017, causing […]

Trillions of cicadas set to emerge from 17-year slumber

By Seth Borenstein | Associated Press COLUMBIA, Md. — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph. And then another. And another. And four more. In maybe a third of a square foot of dirt, the University of Maryland entomologists find […]