President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. Biden spoke Tuesday from the White House hours after the verdict alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair saying the country’s work is far from finished with the verdict. “We can’t stop here," Biden declared.
Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn is drastically scaling back a planned $10 billion factory in Wisconsin, confirming its retreat from a project that former U.S. President Donald Trump once called "the eighth wonder of the world." Under a deal with the state of Wisconsin announced on Tuesday, Foxconn will reduce its planned investment to $672 million from $10 billion and cut the number of new jobs to 1,454 from 13,000. The Foxconn-Wisconsin deal was first announced to great fanfare at the White House in July 2017, with Trump boasting of it as an example of how his "America first" agenda could revive U.S. tech manufacturing.
The only way for 13-year-old Adam Toledo to get justice, activists say, is with a federal probe into the Chicago police officer who shot him during a foot chase down a darkened alley. About a dozen people gathered Tuesday at a legal office in the heart of a Latino neighborhood, near Little Village where the boy was shot last month, to ask the Justice Department to get involved. “We cannot leave it up to the police department to investigate itself and expect meaningful reforms,” said attorney and activist Arturo Jáuregui.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans. The 50% target would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment and help the Biden administration prod other countries for ambitious emissions cuts as well. The proposal would require dramatic changes in the power and transportation sectors, including significant increases in renewable energy such as wind and solar power and steep cuts in emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and oil. The nonbinding but symbolically important pledge is a key element of the two-day summit, which begins Thursday as world leaders gather online to share strategies to combat climate change. The emissions target has been eagerly awaited by all sides of the climate debate. It will signal how aggressively Biden wants to move on global warming, a divisive and expensive issue that has riled Republicans to complain about job-killing government overreach even as some on the left worry Biden has not gone far enough to address a profound threat to the planet. The three people who know about the White House plans spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because they were not authorized to discuss the pledge ahead of Biden's announcement. Biden has sought to ensure that the 2030 goal, known as a Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC, is aggressive enough to have a tangible impact on climate change efforts — not only in the U.S. but throughout the world — while also being achievable under a closely divided Congress. The climate target is a key requirement of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which Biden rejoined on his first day in office. It’s also an important marker as Biden moves toward his ultimate goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Scientists, environmental groups and even business leaders had called on Biden to set a target that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. “Wow. That’s ambition with a capital A," Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb said Tuesday after learning of Biden's plans. “That target would put us roughly in line with the most ambitious emissions reductions targets” projected by scientists and environmentalists. Cobb, like other experts, said details of Biden's strategy will be crucial, “because those details will likely determine whether this ambitious new goal can be translated into policy. The clock is ticking fast, environmentally and politically.” Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said the 50% goal “is precisely what is needed ... an actionable goal within the next decade that puts us on the path toward limiting warming below a catastrophic 1.5 degrees Celsius'' globally. The climate summit that Biden is hosting is among his first international actions since the United States officially returned to the Paris accord. The U.S. withdrawal from the global pact under former President Donald Trump was part of Trump's effort to step away from global allegiances in general and his oft-stated but false view that global warming was a hoax or at least an overstated claim by the world’s scientists. Biden, by contrast, has made action on climate change a centerpiece of his presidency. He has also paused new oil and gas drilling on federal lands and proposed a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan that would remake the U.S. power grid and add 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles, among other actions intended to sharply cut fossil fuel pollution that contributes to global warming. The summit is “the starting gun for climate diplomacy” after a four-year “hiatus” under Trump, said Larsen, now a director at the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Biden’s top climate envoy, has been pressing global leaders, including his counterpart in China, for commitments and alliances on climate efforts. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who reintroduced the Green New Deal on Tuesday with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the 50% target was appropriate to meet the scope and scale of the climate crisis. “The United States must be an undeniable global leader in climate action,'' Markey said Tuesday. “We cannot preach temperance from a barstool and not pay our fair share when approximately 40% of all the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is red, white and blue.'' A 50% reduction by 2030 is “technically feasible and well within our reach,'' Markey added. “We can and should fight to pass legislation and deploy funding that will allow us to exceed that target.'' Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, said Biden's pledge would set “punishing targets" for the U.S. even as adversaries such as China and Russia “continue to increase emissions at will. The last thing the economy needs is higher energy prices and fewer jobs, but that’s exactly what we’re going to get.'' Like other nations, the U.S. goal includes methane and some hydrofluorocarbon gases that trap more heat but don’t last as long as carbon dioxide. The 50% pledge was first reported by The Washington Post. ___ Associated Press writers Seth Borenstein and Aamer Madhani contributed to this report. Matthew Daly, The Associated Press
Players, pundits and fans cheered a "beautiful day for football" after the breakaway European Super League unravelled with the withdrawal of the six English clubs who had signed up to the controversial competition. Following a storm of protests and threats of sanctions from the game's European and world governing bodies, the Super League said it would "reconsider" its next steps after it was reduced to three teams each from Spain and Italy on Tuesday. Amid reports that Italian sides Inter Milan and AC Milan had also withdrawn, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher declared the competition dead in the water.
Chelsea ground out a goalless draw with 10-man Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden's latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated, Biden on Wednesday will reflect on his efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access in his first three months in the White House. But with all those 16 and older now eligible for shots, the president is expected to outline his administration's plans to drive up the vaccination rate even further. With roughly 28 million vaccine doses being delivered each week, demand has eclipsed supply as the constraining factor to vaccinations in much of the country. While surveys have shown that vaccine hesitancy has declined since the rollout of the shots, administration officials believe they have to make getting vaccinated easier and more appealing. Maximizing the number of Americans vaccinated in the coming months is critical for the White House, which is aiming to restore a semblance of normalcy around the July Fourth holiday and even more so by the beginning of the next school year. Biden was not expected to set new public targets for vaccinations, and administration officials have been careful to avoid predicting when they project the country will have vaccinated enough people to reach herd immunity. The U.S. is on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult by the end of May and for every American by July, but administering them will be another matter. In recent weeks the White House has launched a massive outreach campaign to Americans to get vaccinated, relying on funding from the $1.9 trillion virus relief package passed last month to launch ads and fund direct community engagement to under-vaccinated constituencies. Biden set his 200 million shot goal last month after meeting his 100 million-in-100 days goal just over a month ago. At the time the U.S. was well on pace to meet the higher target, and the pace of vaccinations has only accelerated, to about 3 million shots per day. The 100 million-dose goal was first announced on Dec. 8, days before the U.S. had even one authorized vaccine for COVID-19, let alone the three that have now received emergency authorization. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic. By the time Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, the U.S. had already administered 20 million shots at a rate of about 1 million per day, bringing complaints at the time that Biden’s goal was not ambitious enough. He quickly revised it upward to 150 million doses in his first 100 days. It a deliberate effort by Biden to set clear — and achievable — metrics for success as part of a strategy of underpromising, then overdelivering. Aides believe that exceeding his goals breeds trust in government after the Trump administration’s sometimes fanciful rhetoric on the virus. Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
Japan's government is considering a state of emergency for Tokyo and Osaka as new COVID-19 case numbers surge, broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday, a move that would enable the giant cities to impose curbs to try to stop infections spreading. With thousands of new cases resulting from highly infectious strains of the virus, the government is expected to declare the state of emergency this week for the capital and Osaka, Japan's second-biggest city, as well as the latter's neighbouring Hyogo prefecture, a number of domestic media outlets reported. Japan has so far avoided the kind of explosive spread of the pandemic that has plagued many Western countries, with total cases so far at about 540,000 and a death toll of 9,707.
UN climate envoy Mark Carney and U.S. peer John Kerry on Wednesday announced a new plan to boost efforts by the financial system to help move the global economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. While many large banks, insurers and asset managers have started to commit to some form of action, the frameworks used can differ and some are not rooted in climate science or backed up by interim targets between now and 2050. To help fix the problem, the new group - Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) - will bring existing net zero initiatives together under one umbrella to help ensure all sub-sector efforts are consistent and ambitious.
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details from tonight’s episode of Fox’s The Resident. On Tuesday’s edition of The Resident, original cast member Shaunette Renée Wilson made her final appearance. The actress took to Twitter before the episode aired to confirm her exit from the Fox medical drama. “After deeply thoughtful reflection, I approached the producers some time […]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino homered and the Tampa Bay Rays pounded out 17 hits in a 14-7 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Meadows, Randy Arozarena and Joey Wendle had three hits each, and Manual Margot and Yoshi Tsutsugo had three RBIs apiece. The Rays roughed up starter Brad Keller (1-2) for five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Keller allowed three hits and walked three, including Lowe to load the bases on his final pitch. Jake Newberry relieved and walked the next two batters to give Tampa Bay a 5-0 advantage. Carlos Santana homered and had two hits and three RBIs for the Royals. Tampa Bay rattled off another four-run inning in the sixth sparked by five straight hits from the heart of the batting order. Rich Hill allowed four runs in two innings for Tampa Bay. Andrew Kittredge (3-0) followed with a scoreless inning, and Trevor Richards pitched one-run ball over the last three innings for his first career save. Zunino and Meadows hit back-to-back homers in the ninth. TRAINERS ROOM Rays: RHP Cody Reed (left thumb weakness) was placed on the 10-day IL. Tampe Bay recalled RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. from the alternate training site. Honeywell tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run, two hits and two walks. Royals: The Royals have only had three players spend time on the injured list this season. RHP Josh Staumont spent one day on the IL for a non-disclosed injury. UP NEXT The Rays have yet to announce the starter for the series finale Wednesday. Jacob Junis (1-0, 1.50) will take the mound for Kansas City. __ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Cody Friesen, The Associated Press
Sunday's Oscars could be a watershed moment for Black talent. But why don't wins typically equal the kind of success white stars see?
Leading finance firms sign up to Mark Carney forum on low-carbon investmentBarclays, HSBC and Axa among 160 firms in global alliance to hasten transition to net zero economies Banks have joined the new Glasgow forum which aims at ‘mainstreaming climate finance’ but which does not set deadlines for ending fossil fuel investment. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images
Sales of homes above $1 million surged 81% in February from a year earlier. Homes sold under $100,000 were down 26%.
It will be a sad birthday when Queen Elizabeth II turns 95 on April 21, 2021, just days after the funeral of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.
The air we breathe continues to be unhealthy for many Americans, according to a new report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association.
Being a member of the Girl Guides can be an exciting and rewarding experience, for both Guides and adult volunteer leaders alike. There are more than one million adult members of the Girl Guides across 152 countries in a worldwide sisterhood; local adult volunteer leader, trainer, and area commissioner Noella Brisebois has been involved with the local Badlands Prairie Rose unit for the last 25 years and says it has been “an amazing thing” to be part of. “My daughter was in Sparks, and they were looking for leaders or they would need to close units,” Brisebois said of her beginnings as a volunteer leader. Although her daughter is now grown, Brisebois continues to volunteer her time to the local Girl Guides. In her time as a leader, Brisebois has had the opportunity to travel to two of the five Girl Guide World Centres--located in Mexico, Switzerland, London, India, and Africa--and has built long standing friendships with other leaders around the world. She recounted how she met another leader during one of these trips, and later took a vacation to London, England to visit. The local unit had a trip organized for 2020 which was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, Brisebois says there are plans for two Canadian trips in 2022--to the Maritimes, and to Quebec and Ontario. Brisebois shares the Prairie Rose unit has also been part of local service projects including delivering 140 Valentine's Day cards to the senior centres in the community. They also repainted fence posts and picnic tables at the Drumheller Lion’s Youth Campground, where they host campouts with the unit, thanks to paint and tint donations from Drumheller Canadian Tire. “Leaders get training, whether that’s first aid or time management,” Brisebois says. She adds she has even taken a canoe course, and all training is paid for by the unit. Currently, the Prairie Rose unit has 10 leaders who have an accumulated 167 years experience between them. However, they will lose five leaders and are in desperate need of new volunteers to avoid closing the local unit. “It’s such a great support system,” Brisebois says, lamenting it would be sad to see the local unit close. She adds those interested in joining do not need to have a child enrolled to become a leader, and encourages any women interested to reach out to email@example.com for more information. Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail
Amalgamated Bank today announced that it is a founding member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance, part of the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero.
“Let’s celebrate this moment while acknowledging the path to true justice takes much more work,” Emmitt Smith posted on Twitter.
How vaccines are affecting Covid-19 outbreaks globally. Despite their life-saving capabilities, many countries have yet to administer enough doses to reap the full benefits