ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Depression 18 formed in the eastern Atlantic on Wednesday evening and could be a major hurricane by next week, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. Eastern time update.
The depression is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm by Thursday and gain hurricane status by the weekend before being forecast ...Read more
NEW YORK — The MTA is done playing nice on its mask mandate.
Transit officials on Wednesday announced a crackdown on riders who skirt a state rule that requires them to wear a mask while on transit.
The new enforcement push begins Thursday, officials said. It comes more than a year after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Sept. 10, 2020, order ...Read more
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a section of the Heritage Act, a controversial law protecting monuments and statutes, requiring a supermajority vote by the Legislature is unconstitutional.
In their unanimous opinion, the justices wrote that the lawmakers who initially passed the Heritage Act did not have...Read more
WASHINGTON — The United States will double the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses it is donating to the global inoculation effort as the international community struggles to meet its goals for protecting people from the coronavirus.
The larger donation, announced by President Joe Biden on Wednesday, will bring the U.S. commitment to more than 1...Read more
A panel for the Centers for Disease Control started considering whether to recommend booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday — and exactly who might be in line to get them.
The debate, which has proved more controversial than many expected, comes after a separate group of Food and Drug Administration experts last week ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — As fall officially begins, the rolling average of new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania is climbing steadily as vaccinations plateau across much of the Philadelphia region. Meanwhile, New Jersey’s average daily case count — still far higher than it was just two months — continues to plateau.
Hospitalizations, which ...Read more
WASHINGTON — The worsening conflict in Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, is raising alarms in the White House and on Capitol Hill over humanitarian fallout, including the growing risk of mass starvation and even a full-fledged civil war that could destabilize an entire region.
Some 1 million people in Ethiopia’s northern ...Read more
WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris plans to meet Thursday afternoon with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, making history as the highest-ranking Indian American to welcome the leader of a country that is becoming one of America’s most important allies.
“It does represent a ‘coming of age’ moment for the diaspora, which is ...Read more
DETROIT — It's confirmed: More than 1 million Michiganders have contracted COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic last year, according to state health department data.
That means about one in 10 Michigan residents has battled the highly contagious form of the coronavirus in the past 18 months. And that doesn't include at least another 123,...Read more
Former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against The New York Times and his niece over an investigative report on his tax avoidance for which she provided documents is just his “latest stunt,” her lawyer said.
The suit, which accuses Mary Trump and The Times of conspiring to breach a confidential settlement, is doomed to fail because the ...Read more
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Republican state lawmaker has filed legislation that would create Texas-style abortion restrictions in Florida that would allow anyone to sue abortion providers or any person who helps someone get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
The bill, filed Wednesday by state Rep. Webster Barnaby of Deltona, ...Read more
WASHINGTON — Civil and human rights groups on Wednesday criticized the White House’s immigration policies for inflicting “cruelty on Black, Brown and Indigenous immigrant communities,” according to a letter sent by the organizations to President Joe Biden.
“We fear that commitments made on the campaign trail ... are being shredded ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration on Wednesday issued a climate plan for 2021 that notes the state’s average temperature has risen nearly 2 degrees since 1900 — most of it in the past 20 years — and is likely to feature more warmth, flooding and extreme weather events unless greenhouse gas emissions are lowered.
At a news ...Read more
WASHINGTON — David L. Cohen, a decades-long fixture in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s political, civic and business circles, won bipartisan praise Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing on his nomination to become the U.S. ambassador to Canada.
Both of Pennsylvania’s senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, introduced...Read more
WASHINGTON — As Democrats consider legislation to respond to a new Texas state ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, they have lost the support of one of the few remaining Republicans who support abortion rights.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Tuesday she opposes the Democrats’ bill, which would prohibit states from ...Read more
The National Hurricane Center is expecting to see the 18th tropical depression of the year by as early as Wednesday afternoon, it said in the 2 p.m. EDT update.
Meanwhile, tropical depressions Peter and Rose seemed to almost be joined together at the hip as they entered the Atlantic together. They degenerated together and they may dissipate ...Read more
WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders for weeks have denied they would potentially dust off the budget reconciliation process once again as a last resort to lift the statutory debt ceiling with a simple majority vote if they can’t find at least 10 Republican votes in the Senate.
Republicans, however, would like nothing more than for Democrats to ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Twin blazes continued to threaten California’s towering sequoia trees and create new miseries for nearby residents, spewing smoke and worsening air quality across central California on Wednesday.
From Fresno to Tulare, the air was hazy and ash-filled from the Windy and KNP Complex fires. Officials in the San Joaquin Valley and...Read more
WASHINGTON — The United States will double the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses it is donating to the global inoculation effort, President Joe Biden announced Wednesday.
The commitment will bring to more than 1 billion the total number of doses the U.S. has pledged to other countries in hopes of bringing the pandemic to a close and preventing...Read more
The top leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday ordered mandatory use of face masks in its temples around the globe to fight COVID-19 and again called for members to get vaccinated, citing church history in prior pandemics.
Cases in the church’s home state of Utah and neighboring states are on the rise again...Read more
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