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Federal study: New climate law to slice carbon pollution 40%

Clean energy incentives in the new spending package signed this week by President Joe Biden will trim America's emissions of heat-trapping gases by about 1.1 billion tons (1 billion metric tons) by 2030, a new Department of Energy analysis shows. The first official federal calculations, shared with The Associated Press...
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Rushdie's attacker indicted, expected to appear in court

MAYVILLE, N.Y. — (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the man who stabbed Salman Rushdie as the acclaimed author prepared to give a talk in western New York, county prosecutors said Thursday. Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, is scheduled to appear on the charges at...
FAIRVIEW, NJ

LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow to emcee MTV Awards

NEW YORK — (AP) — The MTV Video Music Awards later this month will have not one emcee but three, with rap stars LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow all set to anchor the ceremony. They’ll introduce and present the famous Moonmen trophies alongside performers including...
NEWARK, NJ

Top TikToker Khaby Lame finally gets Italian citizenship

ROME — (AP) — The king of TikTok, Khaby Lame, finally has another title: Italian. The 22-year-old influencer, who ranks as the most popular TikToker with 148 million followers, took his oath of citizenship Wednesday in Chiavasso, a municipality outside Turin, according to the local government. Lame moved...
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In Mexico resort, squatters make a stand against developers

TULUM, Mexico — (AP) — Unchecked development has hit this once laid back beach town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast so hard that developers are now eager — even desperate — to build condominiums and hotels in a shantytown. While police are trying to evict squatters...
TRAVEL

Africa CDC says renaming of monkeypox variants curbs stigma

KAMPALA, Uganda — (AP) — The head of Africa's public health agency says he's “really pleased” that the World Health Organization is renaming the strains of the monkeypox disease to remove references to African regions amid concerns about stigmatization. The variant of the disease formerly known...
PUBLIC HEALTH

US home sales fell again in July as housing slowdown deepens

LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Sales of previously occupied U.S. homes slowed for the sixth consecutive month in July, deepening the housing market’s slide under the weight of sharply higher mortgage rates, surging inflation and slower, but still solidly rising home prices. The National Association of Realtors...
BUSINESS

Missing child found inside Florida teacher’s home

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators searching for a missing teenager in Florida located him inside a home belonging to a teacher. The teenager, who was not identified, had been reported missing by his parents on Aug. 12, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Deputies...
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL

Kohl's cuts 2022 outlook, closing mixed week for retailers

Kohl’s slashed its expectations for the year after sales slumped in the second quarter, sending shares down 9% at the opening bell Thursday and closing out a mixed week for retailers. The company that owns Coach and Kate Spade also issued an sales outlook for the year that fell...
BUSINESS

US stocks drift between gains and losses in early trading

NEW YORK — (AP) — Stocks are off to a weak start on Wall Street, drifting between small gains and losses in the first few minutes of trading Thursday. Several big technology companies were lower, with the notable exception of Cisco Systems, which turned in stronger-than-expected quarterly results. The S&P 500 was just barely in the red, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq fell a bit more. Energy companies were among the relatively few clear winners as the price of crude oil rose. European indexes were slightly higher and Asian markets closed lower overnight. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 2.85%.
STOCKS

3rd sailboat carrying migrants reaches southern Greek island

ATHENS, Greece — (AP) — Greek authorities say another sailboat carrying dozens of migrants arrived Thursday at Kythera, the third in just under two days to make it to the southern island that isn't on the usual route for asylum-seekers trying to reach the European Union. Greece's coast...
IMMIGRATION

Police in Nigeria find 20 mummified bodies in Benin City

ABUJA, Nigeria — (AP) — Twenty mummified bodies including those of children were discovered in a building in Benin City in southern Nigeria, the country’s police said, shocking many in what is usually a busy neighborhood. Three suspects were arrested during the raid, Jennifer Iwegbu, a police...
PUBLIC SAFETY

For hire or food, garden sitters save the day during summer

NEW YORK — (AP) — Take my chard, please!. The season has come when many home gardeners, their numbers booming since the pandemic began, are being rewarded with fully matured, ready-to-pick vegetables and flowers. It's also vacation season, and this summer travel is back. How do you maintain...
GARDENING

Emirates to suspend Nigeria flights over blocked funds

ABUJA, Nigeria — (AP) — Emirates airline will suspend all flights to Nigeria from September 1 because the West African country has failed to repatriate millions of dollars of its funds, the Dubai-based airline announced on Thursday. The airline — which has been battling to repatriate its millions...
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Leaning lighthouse tower of Bremen could collapse into sea

BERLIN — (AP) — Officials in Bremen said Thursday that an iconic lighthouse at the German city’s port has tilted sideways and could soon topple over entirely. Public broadcaster Radio Bremen quoted the head of the water police, Uwe Old, saying nothing could be done to save the lighthouse.
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Florida school intruder identified as opossum in girls’ bathroom

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Things got wild inside a central Florida school when an opossum was found inside the girls’ bathroom. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office shared pictures of the mischievous marsupial in a Facebook post, with a caption saying that the school resource officer, upon arriving at Indialantic Elementary, sprang into action “as he was notified that an intruder was on campus and had barricaded themselves in the girls’ bathroom!”
BREVARD COUNTY, FL