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Houston guides are looking for clues to a concert disaster in which Aug. were killed

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities said they would watch videos, interview witnesses and check concert transcripts to see how eight people died at a Houston music festival when fans suddenly flocked to the stage to see rapper Travis Scott. City officials said Saturday they were in the initial stages of investigating the pandemic that unfolded Friday night at Astroworld, a sold out, two-day event at NRG Park with an estimated 50,000 attendees. One attendee said the crowd was pushing forward when a timer clicked to start Scott’s performance. “As soon as he jumped on stage, it was as if an energy took over and everything was mixed up,” said concert-goer Niaara Goods.

Foreign citizens will request US-approved admissions when travel resumes

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – When COVID-19 devastated Hungary in April, Budapest-based Akos Sipos received his second dose of vaccination believing he was doing the right thing for his own health and helping to end the pandemic. But Sipos, 46, soon found that the vaccine he was receiving, the Russian Sputnik V, banned him from traveling to a number of other countries where he was not approved. The nations include the United States, which is pushing a new air travel policy that bans Sipos and many like him from entry. “I thought it was better to get Sputnik today than a western vaccine at an uncertain future time,” said Sipos, who works as a search engine optimization specialist, of his initial decision to get the vaccine.

Kerry Gathers Global Climate Boost As US Uncertainty Grows

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – John Kerry is everywhere and on the move at a fateful UN climate summit. President Joe Biden’s envoy at the Glasgow talks, Kerry, steams from side talks with U.S. rivals China and Russia, carefully looking for climate similarities, to press conferences praising progress. Kerry shows up at project launches and rewards CEOs and bankers for their efforts to reduce emissions with high-level talks and praise. The lanky envoy smiles for a photo with indigenous women from Brazil, whose feather headdresses barely reach his chin. Towards the end of the first of two weeks of the UN climate change summit, Kerry’s voice grew hoarse from his mission to collect global climate efforts that threaten to hit a wall at home.

Iraqi Prime Minister survives drone attack

BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi survived an attack by armed drones that targeted his residence early Sunday and officials said he was unharmed. The attack was a major escalation amid tensions sparked by the refusal of Iran-backed militias to accept the results of last month’s general election. Two Iraqi officials told the Associated Press that seven of al-Kadhimi’s security forces were injured in the attack by two armed drones in the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to make official statements. “I am fine and among my people.

Appeals court suspends vaccine mandate for larger companies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily suspended the Biden government’s vaccine needs for companies with 100 or more employees. The U.S. 5th Court of Appeals granted an emergency postponement of the federal occupational health and safety agency’s requirement that these workers be vaccinated or require face masks and weekly tests by Jan. 4. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said the action prevented President Joe Biden from “moving forward with his illegal submission.” “The president will not impose medical procedures on the American people without constitutional controls and countermeasures,” Republican Landry said in a statement.

Biden welcomes the infrastructure victory as a “monumental step forward”

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden on Saturday hailed Congress’ passage of his $ 1 trillion infrastructure package as a “monumental step forward for the nation” after falling Democrats put a month-long stalemate among their ranks over the deal To seal, infrastructure week, “a beaming Biden told reporters.” I can say that: infrastructure week. “The House of Representatives passed measure 228-206 on late Friday, which led to long cheers from the easier democratic side of the chamber. Thirteen Republicans, mostly moderate, backed the bill, while six of the left-wing Democrats opposed the passage of the bill promising legions of jobs, broadband, water and other public works to be passed a president’s desk, de ssen’s approval ratings have fallen and whose nervous party got a cold shoulder from voters last week’s out-of-year elections.

Roads, transit, internet: what is in the infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan now going to President Joe Biden to sign the law includes money for roads, bridges, ports, rail, clean water, the power grid, broadband internet and more. The House passed the bipartisan plan Friday night, and Biden said Saturday he would hold a signing ceremony when lawmakers return from a week-long hiatus. The new law promises to reach almost every corner of the country. It is a historic investment that the president compared to building the transcontinental railroad and the interstate highway system. The White House estimates that investment will create an average of around 2 million jobs a year over the next decade.

Glasgow environmental negotiators are trying to solve 4 key challenges

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) – As this year’s UN climate talks enter their second week, negotiations on key issues are moving forward slowly. Encouraged by some high profile announcements at the beginning of the meeting, delegates are optimistic about the prospect of tangible progress in the fight against global warming. Laurent Fabius, the former French foreign minister who helped draft the Paris climate agreement, said the general atmosphere had improved since talks began on October 31 and “most negotiators want an agreement”. But negotiators still struggled late Saturday in putting together a series of draft decisions for government ministers to be finalized in the second week of talks.

Local Democrats warn party: Growing republican wave is real

NEW HOPE, Pennsylvania (AP) – The Democrats of Bucks County, Pennsylvania felt the red wave over the summer as frustrated parents filled school board meetings to complain about masking requirements and an academic theory about systemic racism that wasn’t even taught was in local schools. They realized that the wave grew as concerns, fueled by misleading reports in conservative media, surfaced in independent elections for judges, sheriffs, and even the district clerk. And so they weren’t surprised – but devastated nonetheless – when Democrats in this important district northeast of Philadelphia were wiped out in the local elections on Tuesday.

EXPLANATION: How warming affects Arctic sea ice and polar bears

Majestic, increasingly hungry and threatened with extinction, the polar bear relies on something that is melting on our warming planet: the sea ice. In the harsh and unforgiving Arctic, where freezing cold is not just a way of life but a necessity, the polar bear stands out. But where it lives, where it hunts, where it eats – it disappears under your feet in the crucial summer time. “They have always been a human species that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years,” said the government’s longtime polar bear researcher Steve Amstrup, now chief scientist at Polar Bear International. “Polar bears just have something special.” Scientists and advocates point to polar bears, marked “Endangered” on the list of endangered species, as a glowing warning signal for the rest of the planet – “the canary in the cryosphere”. As world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, to step up efforts to contain climate change, the specter of polar bears looms over them.

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