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People downwind of atomic blasts renew push for US payout

People downwind of atomic blasts renew push for US payout

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the desert northeast of Las Vegas, residents living along the Nevada-Arizona border would gather on their front porches for bomb parties or ride horses into the fields to watch as the U.S.
States sue to undo Biden pause on US oil & gas lease sales

States sue to undo Biden pause on US oil & gas lease sales

NEW ORLEANS — Thirteen states sued the Biden administration Wednesday to end a suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water and to reschedule cancelled sales of leases in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska waters and western states.
Canadians lend voices to Bono's animated series on vaccine importance

Canadians lend voices to Bono's animated series on vaccine importance

LOS ANGELES — Canadian actors Patrick J. Adams and Karine Vanasse are among the stars who've teamed up with U2 lead singer Bono for a new online animated series about the critical need for global access to vaccines.
Federal judge nixes Ohio's push for early redistricting data

Federal judge nixes Ohio's push for early redistricting data

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Ohio that tried to get the U.S. Census Bureau to provide data used for drawing congressional and legislative districts ahead of its planned release. U.S.
Volunteer firefighter killed in care home blaze was dad to 2

Volunteer firefighter killed in care home blaze was dad to 2

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. — A volunteer firefighter who died while trying to rescue residents of an assisted living home in suburban New York that was engulfed in flames was identified Wednesday as a 35-year-old father of two young boys.

Kenya wants United Nations agency to shut down refugee camps

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya says it has given the United Nations 14 days to come up with a plan to close refugee camps in the country that host hundreds of thousands from war-torn neighbouring nations.
Crowds flock to Iceland volcano for a closer glimpse of lava

Crowds flock to Iceland volcano for a closer glimpse of lava

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — The eruption of a long-dormant volcano in southwestern Iceland has drawn large crowds of visitors eager to get close to the lava flows.
Pope taps Chilean sex abuse whistleblower for Vatican panel

Pope taps Chilean sex abuse whistleblower for Vatican panel

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday named a Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse to serve on a Vatican commission that advises the pontiff on how to protect children from pedophile priests.
The power of touch: Boutique stretching thrives amid COVID

The power of touch: Boutique stretching thrives amid COVID

CENTERVILLE, Ohio — Pandemic-weary Americans starved for human interaction and physical touch are taking advantage of a growing wellness option once reserved for Hollywood actors, rock stars and elite athletes: boutique stretching.
Pope, citing pandemic effect, cuts pay for cardinals, others

Pope, citing pandemic effect, cuts pay for cardinals, others

VATICAN CITY — Trying to save jobs as the pandemic pummels Vatican revenues, Pope Francis has ordered pay cuts for cardinals and other clerics, as well as nuns, who work at the Holy See.