House passes $1.9T pandemic bill on near party-line vote

WASHINGTON — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. The new president’s vision for flushing cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19 passed on […]

House to vote on virus bill; arbiter says wage hike a no-go

WASHINGTON — Democrats are ready to shove a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package through the House on Friday, despite a setback that means a minimum wage boost is unlikely to be in the final version that reaches President Joe Biden. A near party-line vote seemed certain on the measure, Biden’s first crack at his initial […]

European court: governments must prove climate change effort

A top European court is forcing 33 governments to prove they are cutting emissions in line with the requirements of the 2015 Paris climate accord By BARRY HATTON Associated Press February 26, 2021, 12:14 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LISBON, Portugal — A top European court is forcing […]

EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages?

Facebook announced Thursday that it is removing all remaining Myanmar military and military-controlled pages from its site and from Instagram, which it also owns. It said it will also block advertising from military-linked businesses. The decision follows a Feb. 1 coup in which the military removed elected leaders from power and jailed others. Days after […]

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

WASHINGTON — Republicans rallied solidly against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s parliamentarian that could bolster or potentially kill a pivotal provision hiking the federal minimum wage. Despite their paper-thin congressional majorities, Democratic leaders were poised to push the sweeping package through the House on Friday. […]

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

Republicans are rallying solidly against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill By ALAN FRAM Associated Press February 25, 2021, 12:39 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — Republicans rallied solidly Wednesday against Democrats’ proposed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill as lawmakers awaited a decision by the Senate’s […]

White nationalist gets prison over rape threat, extortion

A self-proclaimed white nationalist has been sentenced to nearly three-and-a-half years in federal prison for threatening to rape the wife of a man who was part of a separate racist group he felt was harassing him By MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press February 24, 2021, 7:52 PM • 4 min read CONCORD, N.H — A self-proclaimed […]

New Zealand volunteers refloat 28 whales in rescue effort

Volunteers in New Zealand are optimistic they can save the 28 whales that remain from a mass stranding after refloating them for the second time in two days By NICK PERRY Associated Press February 23, 2021, 3:03 AM • 3 min read WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Volunteers in New Zealand were optimistic they could save […]

Volunteers in New Zealand try to rescue 40 stranded whales

Volunteers in New Zealand are trying to save 40 stranded whales by refloating them on the high tide By NICK PERRY Associated Press February 22, 2021, 6:43 AM • 2 min read WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Volunteers in New Zealand were trying to save 40 stranded whales Monday evening by refloating them on the high […]

Bosnia village with link to Mars enthralled by rover landing

Bosnian villagers are preparing to gather in front of a video screen in the yard of their community’s only school to watch NASA’s Mars rover attempt a difficult landing Thursday in a crater on the Red Planet named after their small village By ALMIR ALIC Associated Press February 17, 2021, 3:01 PM • 4 min […]