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A debate pledge to ‘transition’ from oil puts climate at center of campaign finale

Joe Biden’s pledge to “transition away from the oil industry” to address climate change put the issue on center stage for the final stretch of a campaign year in which the warming planet has played a larger role than ever before.

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Community activists, statisticians, and civil rights groups say racial and ethnic minorities are historically undercounted, and shortcomings in the 2020 census could set the course of life in their communities for years to come.

Trump administration pressures CDC to back detention of migrant children in border hotels amid coronavirus

The Trump administration has been pressuring health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to endorse the use of border hotels to hold migrant children before deporting them.

Migrant parents could face fateful choice: Be separated from their children or stay together in jail

The federal judge who oversees long-running litigation about the treatment of migrant children in US custody ordered the government Friday to finalize its procedures.

Washington state discovers first ‘murder hornet’ nest in US

Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said.

Trump hasn’t met with virus task force in months, Fauci says

It’s been “several months” since President Trump met with the White House coronavirus task force, said Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, who’s faced repeated criticism from the president.

USPS ordered to restore sorting machines for election mail

The order is a win for a group of states that successfully sued USPS and President Trump to halt a series of operational changes that hobbled the postal service just before an expected surge in use of mail-in ballots during the pandemic.

Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to Idaho reel under the surge.