White House to host July 4 ‘independence from virus’ bash

WASHINGTON — Cue the fireworks. President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of coronavirus pandemic disruption. Even as the U.S. is set to cross the grim milestone of 600,000 deaths from the virus on Tuesday, […]

Cruise industry tanks: DeSantis’ mixed messaging leaves business grounded

A court case in Florida might not only decide the financial fate of America’s cruise industry, in ports from Miami to Anchorage, but also the political fate of a governor (and 2024 presidential contender) who now finds himself caught in its wake. Beyond the lawsuit, the overriding issue is whether cruise lines can mandate vaccinations and other […]

G-7: What’s driving the day at summit in U.K. attended by President Joe Biden

FALMOUTH, England – Leaders from some of the world’s wealthiest nations were gathering Friday for their first in person meetings since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, England, runs through Sunday. Talks encompass measures to globally distribute COVID-19 vaccines, climate change and shared security concerns from cyberattacks to China’s geopolitical rise. Here’s how day one of the G-7 […]

Joe Biden is meeting with the G-7 on his first presidential trip abroad. What is the G-7 and what do they do?

President Joe Biden traveled to Europe Wednesday on the first international trip of his presidencywhich coincides with the European Union’s recent reopening of its borders to vaccinated tourists.  During the eight-day tour, Biden will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, visit Queen Elizabeth II and attend the Group of Seven, or G-7, summit in Cornwall, England on June 11-13. It […]

Giant tortoise thought to be extinct 112 years ago found on Galapagos Island

The search is on for a mate for a giant tortoise thought to be extinct a century ago.  Earlier this week, scientists at Yale University confirmed a giant female tortoise found in the Galapagos Islands was last reported 112 years ago and thought to be “lost forever,” Galapagos Conservancy said in a press release.  The tortoise was discovered on Fernandina Island during a 2019 expedition […]