Not so fast: California’s last nuke plant might run longer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An aggressive push toward renewable energy has run headlong into anxiety over keeping the lights on in California, where the largest utility is considering whether to try to extend the lifespan of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant. California is the birthplace of the modern environmental movement that for decades … Read more

Senate vote on tax and climate bill: Live updates

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warmingmoderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers … Read more

Russian forces began assault on two eastern Ukrainian cities

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered key targets … Read more

Senate rules referee weakens Dem drug plan in economic bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats’ plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden’s top domestic goals. Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan rules arbiter, … Read more

Russian forces began assault on two eastern Ukrainian cities

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. . Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered … Read more

Floods strike a new blow in a place that has known hardship

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Evelyn Smith lost everything in the deadly floods that devastated eastern Kentucky, saving only her grandson’s muddy tricycle. But she’s not planning to leave the mountains that have been her home for 50 years. Like many families in this dense, forested region of hills, deep valleys and meandering streams, Smith’s roots … Read more

Why Louvre’s Mona Lisa keeps a smile: Paris’ cooling system

PARIS (AP) — The Mona Lisa may maintain her famously enigmatic smile because she benefits from one of Paris’ best-kept secrets: An underground cooling system that’s helped the Louvre cope with the sweltering heat that has broken temperature records across Europe. The little-known “urban cold” network snakes unsuspecting beneath Parisians’ feet at a depth of … Read more

US to fill border wall gaps at open area near Yuma, Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday authorized the completion of the Trump-funded US-Mexico border wall in an open area of ​​southern Arizona near Yuma that has become one of the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Biden had pledged during his campaign to stop all future wall construction, but the administration later agreed to … Read more

The Pope ends his Canadian visit with a stop in a small, far-north city

In his extensive papal travels, Pope Francis has never traveled further north than Iqaluit, the capital city of the Inuit-governed territory of Nunavut. On Friday, it will be the final stop of his somber six-day visit to Canada. It is a distinctive destination – home to about 7,500 people but not a single traffic light, … Read more

Mideast nations wake up to damage from climate change

CAIRO (AP) — Temperatures in the Middle East have risen far faster than the world’s average in the past three decades. Precipitation has been decreasing, and experts predict droughts will come with greater frequency and severity. The Middle East is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to the impact of climate change … Read more