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President Joe Biden announced modest new steps to tackle climate change and promised more robust measures to come, saying, “It’s an emergency and I’m going to look at it that way.
The president on Wednesday stopped issuing a formal declaration of a climate emergency. Democrats and environmental groups called for such a statement after a leading Democratic senator dashed hopes for sweeping legislation to tackle global warming.
During a speech at a former coal plan in Massachusetts, Biden said he would use his executive powers to turn concerns about a climate emergency into “formal and official government actions.”
The prohibition of certain semi-automatic weapons is progressing in the House. On Wednesday, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee began considering legislation banning certain assault weapons.
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Indiana’s Republican-dominated Senate leaders have proposed banning abortion with limited exceptions – a move that comes amid a political storm over a 10-year-old rape victim who came to the neighboring Ohio State to terminate her pregnancy.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a new initiative to protect same-sex marriage in federal law. Schumer weighed in on the bill on Wednesday after a surprising number of House Republicans helped pass the landmark legislation in their chambers on Tuesday. Some GOP senators are signaling support.
Indiana man who ran into a burning house and saved five people, including a 6-year-old girl he jumped out of a second-story window with, says he’s no hero and that the serious injuries he suffered in the dramatic rescue were “all worth it.”
Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes slowed for the fifth consecutive month in June as rising mortgage rates and rising prices kept many home hunters on the sidelines. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that sales of existing homes fell 5.4% last month from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.12 million.
Individual health insurance rates are increasing across the country. The coronavirus pandemic has caused many people to postpone routine health care. But now a lot of people are going back to doctor’s offices. Health insurers in individual markets in 13 states and Washington DC will raise rates an average of 10% next year.
High diesel prices are driving up the cost of everything from groceries to Amazon orders and furniture. That’s because almost everything delivered, whether by truck, train, or ship, uses diesel fuel.
South Carolina disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh has pleaded not guilty to shooting and killing his wife and son. His defense attorneys agreed on Wednesday to ask the judge to deny him bail, saying he couldn’t afford to post it anyway.
The European Union chief proposes that member states cut their gas consumption by 15% over the next few months to ensure that any Russian cuts to the bloc’s natural gas supply will not fundamentally disrupt industries and n will send extra cold into homes next winter.
The British Conservative Party has chosen Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss as the two finalists in an election to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The pair came first and second in a vote by Conservative lawmakers on Wednesday.
A Sesame Street-themed amusement park has apologized after a viral video appears to show a costumed character waving at two 6-year-old black girls during a parade outside Philadelphia. Sesame Place has since issued two apologies, saying the performer didn’t intentionally ignore the girls and promising to take steps to do better.
Micronesia likely became the last country in the world with a population of over 100,000 to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. For more than two and a half years, the Pacific archipelago managed to avoid any epidemic thanks to its geographical isolation and border controls.