Wildfires scorch parts of Europe amid extreme heat wave

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe, with firefighters battling blazes in Portugal, Spain, Croatia and southern France on Wednesday amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change. In Portugal, Civil Protection commander André Fernandes said multiple fires have caused the evacuation of more than … Read more

California sets nation’s toughest plastics reduction rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Companies selling shampoo, food and other products wrapped in plastic have a decade to cut down on their use of the polluting material if they want their wares on California store shelves. Major legislation passed and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday aims to significantly reduce single-use plastic packaging in … Read more

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate changethe Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not give … Read more

EPA: ‘Forever chemicals’ pose risk even at very low levels

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Environmental Protection Agency is warning that two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds found in drinking water are more dangerous than previously thought and pose health risks even at levels so low they cannot currently be detected. The two compounds, known as PFOA and PFOS, have been voluntarily phased out by US manufacturers, but there … Read more

Election 2022: Nevada GOP contest crucial to Senate control

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Adam Laxalt is one of Nevada’s most prominent Republicans, someone who has already won statewide office and attracted support from both former President Donald Trump and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Yet in the final weeks before Tuesday’s US Senate primary, Nevada’s former attorney general has faced a surprisingly spirited challenge … Read more

Tentative Senate gun deal has surprises, and loose ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outline of a bipartisan Senate agreement to rein in gun violence has no game-changing steps banning the deadliest firearms. It does propose measured provisions making it harder for some young gun buyers, or people considered threatening, to have weapons. And there are meaningful efforts to address mental health and school safety … Read more

Ohio governor signs bill allowing armed school employees

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio school districts could begin arming employees as soon as this fall under a bill signed into law Monday by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. The law, as enacted, requires up to 24 hours of training before an employee can go armed, and up to eight hours of annual training. The training … Read more

Takeaways: Trump’s mind ‘made up,’ the Giuliani factor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection systemically made the case in its second hearing Monday that Trump and his advisers knew that his claims of fraud in the 2020 election were false. The argument is key to the committee’s investigation as the nine-member panel details its evidence about what … Read more

Texas shooting records could be blocked by legal loophole

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As public pressure mounts for more information on the deadly Uvalde school shootingsome are concerned that Texas officials will use a legal loophole to block records from being released — even to the victims’ families — once the case is closed. Since the May 24 shooting at a Texas elementary school … Read more

Dad who carried Confederate flag into Capitol heads to trial

A federal judge’s acquittal of a New Mexico man in April was a rare blemish on the Justice Department’s record of securing convictions in US Capitol riot boxes. More than two months later, a Delaware father and his hope the same judge will clear them, too. Widely published photographs showed Kevin Seefried carrying a Confederate … Read more