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2022-11-30 17:13:05
by Dan McCue
WHO Recommends New Name for Monkeypox Disease

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has begun using the term “mpox” as the preferred synonym for monkeypox. Both names... Read More

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has begun using the term “mpox” as the preferred synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out, the organization said. According to the WHO, when... Read More

2022-11-29 22:49:18
by Tom Ramstack
Big Grocery Merger Gets Chilly Reception by Senators Worried About Price and Quality

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel showed a cynical attitude toward a proposed $24.6 billion merger of major grocery chains Kroger... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel showed a cynical attitude toward a proposed $24.6 billion merger of major grocery chains Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. during a hearing Tuesday. The chief executive officers promised consumers would benefit if the Federal Trade... Read More

Polio is Back in Indonesia, Sparking Vaccination Campaign

PIDIE, Indonesia (AP) — Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in... Read More

PIDIE, Indonesia (AP) — Children in school uniforms and toddlers with their parents lined up Monday for polio vaccinations in the Sigli town square on the northern tip of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, after four children were found infected... Read More

2022-11-29 19:39:30
by Dan McCue
‘Tis the Season: Capitol, White House Christmas Trees to Be Lighted

WASHINGTON — If you love attending Christmas tree lightings, the next two days will be especially exciting. On Tuesday night,... Read More

WASHINGTON — If you love attending Christmas tree lightings, the next two days will be especially exciting. On Tuesday night, at 5 p.m., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will join members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation and Gov. Roy... Read More

MyPlate? Few Americans Know or Heed US Nutrition Guide

Here’s a quick quiz: What replaced the food pyramid, the government guide to healthy eating that stood for nearly 20... Read More

Here’s a quick quiz: What replaced the food pyramid, the government guide to healthy eating that stood for nearly 20 years? If you’re stumped, you’re not alone. More than a decade after Agriculture Department officials ditched the pyramid, few Americans... Read More

2022-11-29 15:46:18
by Dan McCue
Rep. Donald McEachin Dies Just Weeks After Winning Reelection

WASHINGTON — Rep. A. Donald McEachin, D-Va., an ardent champion for environmental justice and for policies to mitigate climate change,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. A. Donald McEachin, D-Va., an ardent champion for environmental justice and for policies to mitigate climate change, died on Monday, just weeks after winning reelection to Congress. McEachin, who had been battling cancer and other health issues... Read More

US Bat Species Devastated by Fungus Now Listed as Endangered

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort... Read More

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Biden administration declared the northern long-eared bat endangered on Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to save a species driven to the brink of extinction by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease. “White-nose syndrome is decimating... Read More

Biden Calls on Congress to Head Off Potential Rail Strike

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline... Read More

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline in the stalled contract talks, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers would take up legislation this week to impose... Read More

2022-11-28 22:58:04
by Dan McCue
French President’s US Visit to Feature Serious Talk, a State Dinner and a Side Trip to New Orleans

WASHINGTON — French President Emmanuel Macron’s whirlwind visit to the U.S. this week will include multiple stops in the nation’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — French President Emmanuel Macron’s whirlwind visit to the U.S. this week will include multiple stops in the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday and end with a visit to the Big Easy on Friday. The White House announced... Read More

2022-11-28 21:54:20
by Dan McCue
Deadline Extended to Apply to Be Bioenergy Project Reviewer

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has extended its application deadline for subject matter experts wishing to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has extended its application deadline for subject matter experts wishing to participate in its 2023 Project Peer Review.  The extension is part of the office’s ongoing effort to expand its reviewer... Read More

2022-11-28 21:47:57
by Dan McCue
Plug Power to Expand Hydrogen Fuel Cell Service for Food Logistics Firm

CARTERET, N.J. — FreezPak Logistics, a leading third-party logistics company in the consumer foods sector, has announced plans to expand... Read More

CARTERET, N.J. — FreezPak Logistics, a leading third-party logistics company in the consumer foods sector, has announced plans to expand its operations by utilizing the advantages offered by green hydrogen fuel cells provided by Latham, New York-based Plug Power Inc.... Read More

2022-11-28 21:46:31
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Leans Toward Limiting Public Corruption Prosecutions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case Monday in which a victory for the defendant would make it... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case Monday in which a victory for the defendant would make it harder to prosecute public corruption cases when one of the accused is a private citizen. Statements by the justices during... Read More

Mandates on Credit Cards Will Allow Big-Box Stores to Cheap Out on Security

It’s rare these days to see a cash-only business in the United States. Why? Because consumers prefer the security of... Read More

It’s rare these days to see a cash-only business in the United States. Why? Because consumers prefer the security of credit cards and enjoy earning rewards, while businesses like faster, safer transactions and higher sales. Accepting cash is also more expensive... Read More

2022-11-28 17:20:55
by Dan McCue
$550M in Clean Energy Funding to Benefit State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department has issued a Notice of Intent announcing $550 million to support the deployment of community-based... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department has issued a Notice of Intent announcing $550 million to support the deployment of community-based clean energy in state, tribal and local governments — an initiative it says will directly benefit more than 250 million... Read More

2022-11-28 17:19:27
by Dan McCue
Canadian Teachers Back Solar, Wind Project Acquisitions Across US

WASHINGTON — The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board has agreed to provide $805 million in financing to NextEra Energy Partners... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board has agreed to provide $805 million in financing to NextEra Energy Partners to help it acquire a 2 GW portfolio of solar, storage and wind assets across the United States. The deal... Read More

2022-11-28 17:16:50
by Dan McCue
$50M Available to Clean Up Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells on Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has issued a final guidance for tribes on how to apply for the... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has issued a final guidance for tribes on how to apply for the first $50 million in grant funding available under the bipartisan infrastructure law to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells.... Read More

2022-11-28 17:13:52
by Dan McCue
DOE Approves Conditional Funding to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has approved roughly $1.1 billion in conditional funding for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy has approved roughly $1.1 billion in conditional funding for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company filed its application for federal funding on Sept. 2, 2022, the same... Read More

2022-11-28 17:12:37
by Dan McCue
Regulators Identify Proposed Wind Energy Areas Along Central Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has identified eight areas along the central Atlantic coast that regulators believe would be prime... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has identified eight areas along the central Atlantic coast that regulators believe would be prime locations for wind energy facilities. The so-called “draft wind energy areas” being considered by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management... Read More

Prince William Focuses US Trip on Climate Amid Harry Row

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and the Princess of Wales will be looking to focus attention on their Earthshot Prize... Read More

LONDON (AP) — Prince William and the Princess of Wales will be looking to focus attention on their Earthshot Prize for environmental innovators when they make their first visit to the United States in eight years this week, a trip... Read More

McCarthy's Pursuit of Speaker's Gavel Comes at a High Cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is in the fight of his political life, grinding through the promises and proposals, cajoling... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is in the fight of his political life, grinding through the promises and proposals, cajoling and deal-making necessary to win over reluctant colleagues whose support he needs to become House speaker. Every new commitment from... Read More

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Starts to Erupt, Sending Ash Nearby

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly... Read More

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby, authorities said Monday. The eruption began late Sunday night in... Read More

Biden, Family Attend Christmas Tree Lighting on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown... Read More

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — The Biden family's tradition of eating lunch, shopping and watching a Christmas tree lighting in downtown Nantucket on Friday became mostly about keeping the president's 2-year-old grandson from having a meltdown. There was President Joe Biden's... Read More

Murkowski Withstands Another Conservative GOP Challenger

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican, has twice withstood challenges from more conservative factions of... Read More

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a moderate Republican, has twice withstood challenges from more conservative factions of her party; more than a decade ago, she mounted a historical write-in campaign to beat a tea party favorite, and... Read More

New State Voter Fraud Units Finding Few Cases From Midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems. That's just what election experts... Read More

2022-11-23 18:30:40
by Dan McCue
Senate Panel to Hold Hearing on Taylor Swift Ticket Fiasco

WASHINGTON — When you’re Taylor Swift, things get noticed — even in the halls of Congress. Just days after the... Read More

WASHINGTON — When you’re Taylor Swift, things get noticed — even in the halls of Congress. Just days after the reigning pop superstar scored six wins at the 2022 American Music Awards, the Senate subcommittee that handles antitrust and consumer... Read More

2022-11-23 17:17:52
by Dan McCue
White House Offers Up Thanksgiving ‘Talking Points’ to Get Through Thursday’s Dinner

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk may have invited former President Donald Trump back to Twitter, but it’s the Biden administration that... Read More

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk may have invited former President Donald Trump back to Twitter, but it’s the Biden administration that is taking full advantage of the social media platform for some pre-holiday messaging. In a Tweet posted shortly after 9... Read More

2022-11-22 21:31:30
by Tom Ramstack
Attorneys General Push Back Against Senators Who Protect Fossil Fuel Industry

WASHINGTON — A blame game like the one that marked the COP27 international climate change conference continued this week in... Read More

WASHINGTON — A blame game like the one that marked the COP27 international climate change conference continued this week in Washington between Democratic attorneys general and Senate Republicans. Attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia fought back... Read More

2022-11-22 21:28:06
by Dan McCue
Administration Extends Student Loan Payment Pause Through June

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday afternoon extended its pause of federal student loan repayments to June 30, 2023,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday afternoon extended its pause of federal student loan repayments to June 30, 2023, saying the move was necessary to give the U.S. Supreme Court time to rule in a case challenging the program.... Read More

2022-11-22 20:41:18
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Says Trump Must Give Tax Returns to Congress

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave former President Donald Trump a little less to be thankful for this Thursday, clearing... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave former President Donald Trump a little less to be thankful for this Thursday, clearing the path for the imminent handing over of his tax returns to a congressional committee. As is their custom, the... Read More

2022-11-22 19:17:58
by Dan McCue
We Can't All Travel Like a President, But 54.6M Said to be Traveling for Thanksgiving Anyway

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four point six million people are predicted to travel 50 miles or more to celebrate Thanksgiving, a 1.5%... Read More

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four point six million people are predicted to travel 50 miles or more to celebrate Thanksgiving, a 1.5% increase over last year, and 98% of pre-pandemic volumes, according to AAA. In fact, this year is projected to be... Read More

2022-11-22 16:00:11
by Dan McCue
First Lady Receives Official White House Christmas Tree

WASHINGTON — First Lady Jill Biden and her 2-year-old grandson Beau formally received the 2022 White House Christmas tree on... Read More

WASHINGTON — First Lady Jill Biden and her 2-year-old grandson Beau formally received the 2022 White House Christmas tree on Monday, declaring it “beautiful” as the growers, invited guests and a smattering of administration staffers looked on. The tree, a... Read More

Flip of Michigan Legislature Highlights Role of Fair Maps

Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year, translating into their party winning control... Read More

Democratic candidates for the Michigan House and Senate won a majority of votes this year, translating into their party winning control of both legislative chambers. That may seem like a natural result, but it hasn't been in previous elections. While Democrats... Read More

Georgia Runoff: Why One Senate Seat is Crucial for Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But holding on to... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured their majority in the Senate for the next two years. But holding on to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock’s seat in Georgia’s runoff next month could be crucial to their success. If Warnock wins the runoff against Republican Herschel Walker,... Read More

2022-11-21 22:40:24
by Tom Ramstack
Trump to Be Hit With Second Round of Lawsuit by Woman Claiming Rape

WASHINGTON — An advice columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her before he was president plans to refile her... Read More

WASHINGTON — An advice columnist who accused Donald Trump of raping her before he was president plans to refile her defamation lawsuit against him this week and add a new legal claim. The new claim of battery results from the... Read More

2022-11-21 22:36:43
by Tom Ramstack
Railroad Unions Reject Labor Contract in a Potential Blow to US Economy

WASHINGTON — Railroad unions that rejected a proposed labor contract on Monday are threatening the nation’s economy as the Christmas... Read More

WASHINGTON — Railroad unions that rejected a proposed labor contract on Monday are threatening the nation’s economy as the Christmas season approaches. The “no” vote by the unions sets the stage for a strike as soon as Dec. 9, unless... Read More

2022-11-21 18:13:03
by Dan McCue
Biden Pardons Turkeys, Celebrates ‘Friendsgiving’ With Military Families

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden had a busy schedule on his plate on Monday, in some ways almost literally. The... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden had a busy schedule on his plate on Monday, in some ways almost literally. The day began with the president pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate in a ceremony on a chilly South... Read More

GOP's Lackluster Fundraising Spurs Post-Election Infighting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trailing badly in his Arizona Senate race as votes poured in, Republican Blake Masters went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trailing badly in his Arizona Senate race as votes poured in, Republican Blake Masters went on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program and assigned blame to one person: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “You know what else is incompetent, Tucker? The... Read More

Lawmakers Urge Action After Report of Other High Court Leak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel is reviewing “serious allegations” in a report... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said his panel is reviewing “serious allegations” in a report that a former anti-abortion leader knew in advance the outcome of a 2014 Supreme Court case involving health care coverage of contraception.... Read More

2022-11-19 14:58:52
by Tom Ramstack
Theranos Founder Sentenced to 11 Years for Fraud With Blood Testing Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge in San Jose, California, on Friday sentenced former Theranos, Inc., Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes... Read More

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A judge in San Jose, California, on Friday sentenced former Theranos, Inc., Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes to more than 11 years in prison for defrauding investors with phony blood-testing technology. "I regret my failings with every... Read More

2022-11-18 21:57:23
by Dan McCue
Hoyer Endorses Clyburn for New Leadership Role

WASHINGTON — The future of the leadership of the House Democratic Caucus took another turn Friday afternoon with outgoing House... Read More

WASHINGTON — The future of the leadership of the House Democratic Caucus took another turn Friday afternoon with outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., endorsing the candidacy of outgoing House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., for assistant Democratic leader... Read More

Stop the Slaughter: We Must Call for Congressional Action to Save America’s Horses

When I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia I was given just a 5% chance of survival. Revolutionary treatment options... Read More

When I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia I was given just a 5% chance of survival. Revolutionary treatment options saved me.  Being around horses provided me a sense of safety and serenity. And it helped me find my life’s... Read More

2022-11-18 20:18:11
by Dan McCue
Garland to Name Special Counsel for Trump Investigations

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to take over two major criminal investigations involving former... Read More

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to take over two major criminal investigations involving former President Donald Trump, including his role in events leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and... Read More

2022-11-18 18:58:00
by Tom Ramstack
DC Sues Washington Commanders Again Claiming Season Ticket Holders Cheated

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued the Washington Commanders football team Thursday for allegedly keeping refundable deposits... Read More

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued the Washington Commanders football team Thursday for allegedly keeping refundable deposits that were supposed to be returned to season ticket holders. The lawsuit says the team violated Washington, D.C.’s, consumer protection... Read More

2022-11-18 18:24:05
by Dan McCue
Jeffries Announces Bid to Be Top Democrat in the House

WASHINGTON — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., made it official Friday morning, formally announcing his bid to replace outgoing House Speaker... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., made it official Friday morning, formally announcing his bid to replace outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as the head of the party next year. Though it was no secret Jeffries would seek the... Read More

Schools Struggle to Staff Up for Youth Mental Health Crisis

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after... Read More

Mira Ugwuadu felt anxious and depressed when she returned to her high school in Cobb County, Georgia, last fall after months of remote learning, so she sought help. But her school counselor kept rescheduling their meetings because she had so... Read More

2022-11-17 21:39:55
by Dan McCue
Federal Judge Stays Title 42 Ruling to Give Administration Time to Adjust

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday granted the Biden administration’s request for a stay of his earlier order, striking... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday granted the Biden administration’s request for a stay of his earlier order, striking down the controversial Title 42, a Trump-era immigration policy that has since allowed authorities to expel more than 2.4 million... Read More

2022-11-17 21:16:23
by Tom Ramstack
Airlines Advised to Improve Access for Disabled Passengers

WASHINGTON — Airlines were forced to address turmoil about disability access Thursday in Congress at a time they already are... Read More

WASHINGTON — Airlines were forced to address turmoil about disability access Thursday in Congress at a time they already are embroiled in complaints from employees and passengers. Heather Ansley, a government relations executive for the Paralyzed Veterans of America, summed... Read More

Pelosi to Step Aside From Dem Leadership, Remain in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, making... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, making way for a new generation to steer the party after Democrats lost control of the House to Republicans in the midterm... Read More

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