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U.S. hits COVID-19 milestone as vaccinations top 4 million

Washington - America edged closer to approaching a degree of normalcy on Saturday when the Biden administration announced the U.S. set a new record for the number of COVID-19 shots administered in one day, inoculating over 4 million people.

Tropical plants and animals moving north as planet warms

As climate change reduces the frequency and intensity of killing freezes, tropical plants and animals that once could survive in only a few parts of the U.S. mainland are expanding their ranges northward, a new U.S. Geological Survey-led study has found.

Financial risk from flooding in U.S. rising due to climate change

Brooklyn - The cost of federal flood insurance will need to increase significantly in much of the country to meet the growing risks of climate change, new data suggests, creating a political headache for the Biden administration.

Three-quarters of the U.S. is covered in snow — most in 18 years

As cold weather has infiltrated most of the country, the snow has covered more than 73 percent of the continental United States on Tuesday, according to National Weather Service data.

COVID-19 cases in U.S. drop below 100K for first time in 2021

The number of new daily coronavirus cases has dropped below 100,000 for the first time this year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The last time John Hopkins recorded less than 100,000 daily cases was on Nov. 2.

Op-Ed: China's Taiwan bluster — Lack of ideas meets lousy options

Sydney - In the idea-less world of international power politics, China’s incursion into Taiwanese airspace just adds more bile to the global mess. This time, however, there’s more heat and more risk.

Images show the extent of food insecurity in America

About 4 in 10 Americans have experienced food insecurity for the first time during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since March as many as seven million people have enrolled in the federal government's food stamp program and that won't last much longer.

Op-Ed: On Nov. 4, U.S. will become only nation to exit Paris Agreement

On Nov. 4, the day after the presidential election, the U.S. will earn a dubious distinction: It will become the only country in the world to formally exit the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is highest in the developed world

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) came out with a series of articles on Monday that highlighted just how miserably the United States has failed in controlling the coronavirus pandemic.

United States by far the top arms supplier to the Middle East

The Center for International Policy (CIP) in a new report finds that from 2015 to 2019 the US was the largest supplier of arms to the Middle East and North Africa supply just less than half, 48 percent, of the weapons used in the area during that period.

Majority of Americans at risk as number of COVID-19 cases surge

The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week. The news portends a rough fall and winter as the pandemic collides with the flu season.

Number of COVID-19 cases across the globe surpasses 30 million

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by Johns Hopkins University. The global count of COVID-19 infections climbed past 30 million on Thursday with over half coming from three countries.

India becomes second country with over 5 million COVID-19 cases

India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the country’s feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages.

Katie Nageotte sets new PB in the women's pole vault: 4.92 meters

American pole vaulter Katie Nageotte has a major reason to celebrate. She has set a new personal best in the women's pole vault.

U.S. COVID-19 cases shatter records as mask debate heats up

The U.S. reported over 75,600 COVID-19 cases on Thursday alone, marking a new daily record as cases continue to surge across the country. At least 943 people were reported dead that day.

Reopening agenda not working as COVID-19 cases surge in U.S.

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in record numbers swept through more U.S. states, including Florida and Texas, as most push ahead with reopening and President Donald Trump plans an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Op-Ed: How safe are whistleblowers? A look at Canada and the U.S.

Canadian whistleblower laws are woefully inadequate to protect informants - exposing them to retribution and it's time to bolster protections before a crisis hits, says an expert who has helped defend more than 7,000 whistleblowers worldwide.

Hemp is now the cannabis cash crop as demand for CBD rises

Marijuana is still banned for recreational use across much of the world, and even medical access is limited in many countries. However, players in the $340 billion global industry are turning their attention to pot's less-regulated cousin, hemp.

Mexico not in favor of Trump's safe-third-country agreement

Mexico is not ready to sign a safe-third-country agreement with the Trump administration regarding asylum seekers at their shared border, the Mexican ambassador to the United States said on Thursday ahead of a Monday deadline.

U.S. at top of the garbage pile in global waste crisis

The US produces far more garbage and recycles far less of it than other developed countries, according to a new analysis by the global risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft.

Lake Ontario water levels the highest in recorded history

Water levels on Lake Ontario have reached the highest point in recorded history, putting the Toronto Islands in Canada at risk of significant flooding, while New York residents along the lake's shores are facing similar risks.

Trump move to redefine poverty will deprive people of assistance

Washington - This week, the Trump administration proposed to redefine “poverty” in a way that could deprive millions of low-income Americans of needed assistance by making it harder for them to qualify for help.

China and Saudi Arabia solar investments reshaping geopolitics

Riyadh - Uneasy about its oil dependence and lack of domestic manufacturing capabilities, Saudi Arabia is courting China for help with the next stage of its energy policy, amid predictions that renewable energy generation will change modern geopolitics.

Carbon tax or cap-and-trade — Which system works best?

Fighting global warming will require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution if the world is to avoid the consequences of climate change. How nations go about achieving zero emissions in a cost-effective way is the key.

Macron calling for a 'real European army' to counter Russia, U.S.

Paris - Emmanuel Macron has used the first world war armistice centenary commemorations to call for a “real” European army, warning that rising nationalism and populism threaten the fragile peace on the continent.

The last six mountain caribou in U.S. being sent to Canada

The six remaining members of the South Selkirk caribou herd remaining in the lower 48 states are being moved further north into British Columbia, Canada, a desperate measure to try to save the mountain caribou's most southerly herds,

China and the U.S. will eventually be parallel global AI leaders

China and the United States are locked in a new arms race for dominance in artificial intelligence (AI), a contest that may lead to geographical spheres of dominance.

Op-Ed: Trump is pulling this country down into the sewer with his hatred

Trump used his Twitter account today to post an outright racist campaign ad aimed at Democrats. The tweet stirred up controversy, and anger by both political parties and is a clear signal that our elected leader is a danger to our country.

Prime Minister Trudeau — Canada won't be rushed into NAFTA deal

New York - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said he would not be rushed into renewing NAFTA and indicated it was possible the three member nations might fail to conclude a new pact.

Saudi Arabia escalates dispute with Canada as U.S. stays mum

Riyadh - As the diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Canada escalates, the United States — Canada’s most important ally and largest trade partner — declined to come to the defense of the Canadian government.
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