Beach trash finds: Full pickle jar, vape pods, cremation bag

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — As New Jersey’s beaches go, so goes the state of the environment. Items plucked from the sand during spring and fall cleanups each year help illustrate trends going on in the state and the nation, and last year was a particularly good example. Empty cartridges used with electronic cigarettes, known […]

Amid virus, humble toilet paper is suddenly a hot commodity

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There’s no denying Tissue Plus is on a roll. As luck would have it, the company launched production of toilet paper a couple of weeks ago — just as the reality of the coronavirus outbreak was starting to hit the U.S. Consumers began stocking up on the basic necessity in the […]

The Latest: US service member dies because of coronavirus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Navy hospital ship arrives in New York City. —Japan urges head of WHO to […]

Trump tries new approach for $1 trillion infrastructure plan

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a presidential candidate in 2016, Donald Trump promised a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that would use tax incentives to spur private investment in public works projects. He has so far failed to persuade Congress to pass anything like that. In another election year, Trump has outlined a new $1 […]

Military faces limitations in responding to virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is already helping combat the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and is considering ways to do more. But the military faces limits. Its health care system is geared more toward handling combat casualties than infectious diseases. And there are logistical and legal concerns about expanding the military’s role in […]

Feds: Seattle barrel company used hidden drain to pollute

SEATTLE (AP) — A century-old Seattle barrel company has been indicted along with its third-generation owner in what prosecutors describe as a long-running pollution conspiracy. The 36-count indictment made public Wednesday said Seattle Barrel and Cooperage used a hidden drain to pump caustic wastewater directly into the King County sewer system. Seattle Barrel refurbishes used […]

Big spending bill nearing Senate OK has victories all around

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted to advance a $1.4 trillion government spending package in a last bipartisan burst of legislating before bolting for the holidays from a Capitol riven by impeachment. The first bill in a two-bill package, covering domestic programs, passed easily Thursday by a 71-23 vote. A vote on a Pentagon and […]

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