• California: “More People Will Be Sick, and More Will Die”
    2020-04-27 01:52:09 UTC

    Southern California — Los Angeles county beaches, trails and playgrounds were closed, and officers on horseback were patrolling those areas to enforce social distancing rules. The city also opened cooling centers for people “who might not be able to survive the heat wave at home,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. Everyone else should stay...
  • Coronavirus: Wild Animals Move Into Cities and Air Cleans Up
    2020-04-22 06:47:38 UTC

    <p>An unplanned grand experiment is changing Earth.</p><p>As people across the globe stay home to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, the air has cleaned up, albeit temporarily. Smog stopped choking New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, and India&rsquo;s getting views of sights not visible in decades. Nitrogen di...
  • Online Concert: Golden Gate Park Turns 150 years old
    2020-04-05 07:13:46 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden Gate Park turns 150 years old on Saturday, and the huge party to celebrate San Francisco’s beloved treasure will, for the time being, take place online. Originally, city officials planned a yearlong celebration that included free museum admission, concerts and the participation of more than 150 cultural ...
  • Holland: Van Gogh painting Spring Garden Stolen From Museum
    2020-03-30 20:52:35 UTC

    Amsterdam — A Van Gogh painting has been stolen from a museum in the Dutch town of Laren. Police said on Monday there had been a break in at the Singer Laren Museum at 03:15 local time (02:15 GMT). The museum later announced that Van Gogh’s Spring Garden, on loan from the Groninger Museum, was missing. The Singer Laren Museum is clo...
  • Zimbabweans Tell of Hopelessness Ahead of Fight With Coronavirus
    2020-03-30 21:01:51 UTC

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — “We are already ruined. What more harm can coronavirus do?” Irene Kampira asked as she sorted secondhand clothes at a bustling market in a poor suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. People in one of the world’s most devastated nations are choosing daily survival over measures to protect themselves from a vir...
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Move to California
    2020-03-30 00:58:29 UTC

    After months of rumors that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were California-bound, reports emerged Thursday that the couple recently left Canada and arrived in Los Angeles. According to People, Meghan and Harry are in a secluded compound and have not left because of the coronavirus crisis. A friend of the couple’s confirmed the move ...
  • France: Merci, Stay At Home
    2020-03-27 23:12:35 UTC

    PARIS (AP) — Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower. The Paris landmark also had a message for the broader French public: Stay home. Lights spelled out “Merci,” French for ’Thank you,” and...
  • France: No Excuse to Get Out, 1 Baguette at A Time
    2020-03-26 15:53:36 UTC

    LE VESINET, France (AP) — In France, the fight against COVID-19 is being waged one baguette at a time. No longer just a mere staple, the iconic loaf and the French daily ritual of buying it have become loaded with moral, civic and public health considerations that could never have been imagined before the new coronavirus turned life...
  • Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates Is Stepping Down From Company’s Board to Focus on Philanthropy
    2020-03-14 22:02:26 UTC

    <p>REDMOND, Wash. (AP) &mdash; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Friday he is stepping down from the company&rsquo;s board to focus on <a href="">philanthropy.</a></p><p>Gates was Microsoft&rsquo;s CEO until 2000 and since then has gradually scaled back his involvement in the compan...
  • Warm Winter: Germany’s Vineyards Will Produce No Ice Wine
    2020-03-13 19:45:47 UTC

    <p>FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) &mdash; A warm winter means that, for apparently the first time in the history of German winemaking, the country&rsquo;s fabled vineyards will produce no ice wine &mdash; a pricey, golden nectar made from grapes that have been left to freeze on the vine.&nbsp;</p><p>The German Wine Institute said Sunday that ...
  • World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus Crisis Is Now a Pandemic
    2020-03-11 16:52:06 UTC

    <p>ROME (AP) &mdash; Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic.</p><p>Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who heads the U.N. agency, said the WHO is &ldquo;deeply concerned by the alarming levels of spread and severity&rdquo; of t...
  • You Don't Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home in US
    2020-03-10 19:48:35 UTC

    Many Americans may be unnecessarily talking themselves out of homeownership. Thirty-seven percent of non-homeowners say not having enough saved for a down payment is holding them back from homeownership, but 62% of Americans incorrectly believe you have to have at least 20% of a home’s purchase price to buy, according to NerdWallet’s 2...
  • Italy Hopes of Not Becoming Next Epicenter of Spreading Coronavirus
    2020-03-10 17:46:24 UTC

    ROME (AP) — The boisterous hum of Rome dwindled to a whisper and police patrols kept people apart in cafes as Italy enforced an extraordinary, sweeping lockdown Tuesday in hopes of not becoming the next epicenter of the spreading coronavirus epidemic now that life in China is edging back to normal. The travel restrictions that were ...
  • Passengers to Be Let Off Princess Cruise in Oakland
    2020-03-10 17:28:18 UTC

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of increasingly bored and restless passengers aboard a cruise ship struck by the coronavirus waited for their turn Tuesday to get off the vessel and go into two weeks of quarantine at military bases around the U.S. Passengers wearing masks trickled out of the Grand Princess and walked to the bottom of a...
  • Billionaire Can't Recall Why He Bought Pablo Picasso Paintings
    2020-03-10 17:20:19 UTC

    MONACO (AP) — Billionaire art collector David Nahmad can’t fully recall why he bought “Nature Morte,” a charmingly simple oil on canvas that Pablo Picasso painted in 1921. Given that Nahmad owns about 300 of the Spanish genius’ works, his forgetfulness is perhaps understandable. With such a princely trove — Nahmad says his Picasso c...
  • New Hope in Virus Outbreak in China: Fall in New Cases
    2020-02-12 18:59:17 UTC

    BEIJING (AP) — Dr. Mike Ryan, the head of emergencies for the World Health Organization, says “it’s way too early to try to predict the beginning of the end” of the virus outbreak in China. Ryan was speaking at a news conference Wednesday at WHO headquarters in Geneva. He says it is reassuring that the number of daily cases appea...
  • Bird Numbers Plunge in US and Canada
    2019-09-20 01:59:31 UTC

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From grasslands to seashores to forests and backyards, birds are disappearing at an alarming rate in the United States and Canada, with a 29% population drop since 1970 and a net loss of about 2.9 billion birds, scientists said on Thursday. People are to blame, the researchers said, citing factors including wi...
  • Hurricane Dorian Shows We Are Losing the Fight Against Global Warming
    2021-12-22 19:25:23 UTC

    <p>As Hurricane Dorian churns its way through the Atlantic, we need to recognize that climate change can make any hurricane more intense and Category 5 hurricanes more likely. Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas, release carbon dioxide and methane into Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere. These gases trap heat, which means that...
  • Drowned Man’s Mother Feels a Hole That “Nobody Can Fill”
    2019-06-26 18:04:49 UTC

    SAN MARTIN, El Salvador (AP) — The mother of a man who drowned alongside his 23-month-old daughter while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas says she feels a hole that “nobody can fill.” Rosa Ramírez says she begged Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez not to leave, and if he had to, to leave young Valeria with her. The two were ...
  • Japan Eats Whale Despite Environmental Concerns
    2019-06-24 04:59:19 UTC

    MINAMIBOSO, Japan (Reuters) - Whale cutlets, sliced raw whale, deep-fried whale nuggets, whale bacon and whale jerky feature on the menu at the restaurant Yoko Ichihara runs - and that's just a small sample of the ways Japan eats whale. Though Japan's government maintains that eating whale is a cherished part of its food culture, na...
  • Mozambique's Cyclone Survivors Face Cholera
    2019-03-27 17:36:23 UTC

    BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) - Dozens of fragile patients poured into a clinic in the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, as the government said it had confirmed the first five cases of cholera in the wake of deadly Cyclone Idai. Thousands of people were trapped for more than a week in submerged villages without acces...
  • China’s Population to Reach 1.442 Billion in 2029
    2019-01-06 05:03:07 UTC

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s population is set to reach a peak of 1.442 billion in 2029 and start a long period of “unstoppable” decline in 2030, government scholars said in a research report published on Friday. The world’s most populous country must now draw up policies to try to cope with a declining labor force and a rapidly age...
  • Catastrophic Effects of Climate Change
    2018-11-25 02:46:14 UTC

    (Reuters) - Climate change will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, hitting everything from health to infrastructure, according to a government report issued on Friday that the White House called inaccurate. The congressionally mandated report, written with the help of more than a dozen U...
  • European lawmakers vote to ban single-use plastics
    2018-10-25 19:15:10 UTC

    European lawmakers have approved measures to reduce plastics polluting seas and oceans. A proposed ban targets the top 10 single-use plastic products that litter Europe's beaches. The European Parliament on Wednesday approved measures that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic items, including straws, cotton swabs and disposable...
  • Green crabs from Nova Scotia threaten coastal ecosystem
    2018-09-19 05:21:29 UTC

    BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better suited for the hockey rink. Green crabs from Nova Scotia are the same species as their cousins that already inhabit Maine waters, but are ornerier and angrier, threatening to accelerate harm to the coastal...