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Groups push to remove proposed funding for nuclear testing

Technology
A defense spending bill pending in Congress includes an apology to New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and other states affected by nuclear testing over the decadesBy SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated PressJuly 24, 2020, 10:12 PM4 min readALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Deep within a multibillion-dollar defense spending measure pending in Congress is an apology to New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and other states affected by radiation from nuclear testing over the decades. But communities downwind from the first atomic test in the New Mexico desert on July 16, 1945, are still holding out for compensation for health effects that they say have been ongoing for generations due to fallout from the historic blast. So far, their pleas for Congress to extend and expand a federal radiation compensation program have gone unanswe...
Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

Republicans, with exception of Trump, now push mask-wearing

Health
WASHINGTON -- In Republican circles -- with the notable exception of the man who leads the party -- the debate about masks is over: It’s time to put one on. As a surge of infections hammers the South and West, GOP officials are pushing back against the notion that masks are about politics, as President Donald Trump suggests, and telling Americans they can help save lives. Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, on Tuesday bluntly called on Trump to start wearing a mask, at least some of the time, to set a good example. "Unfortunately, this simple, lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you’re for Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do,” Alexander said. It’s a rare break for Republicans from Trump, who earlier this month told
Fuel prices push inflation to unexpected six-month high

Fuel prices push inflation to unexpected six-month high

Business
The rate of Consumer Price Index inflation increased to 1.8% in January from 1.3% in December, the Office for National Statistics has said.The rate was above expectations of around 1.6% and was also the highest in six months, pushed up by higher petrol prices and a smaller-than-usual drop in airfares. Fuel prices were up 4.7% compared with a year earlier - the biggest rise since November 2018.ONS statistician Mike Hardie said: "The rise in inflation is largely the result of higher prices at the pump and airfares falling by less than a year ago."In addition, gas and electricity prices were unchanged this month, but fell this time last year due to the introduction of the energy price cap." ...
China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

China tests Mars lander in international cooperation push

Technology
China has invited observers to a test of its Mars lander as it pushes for inclusion in more global space projectsBy SAMUEL McNEIL Associated PressNovember 14, 2019, 8:01 AM3 min read China invited observers to a successful test Thursday of its Mars lander as the country pushes for inclusion in more global space projects. The demonstration of hovering, obstacle avoidance and deceleration capabilities was conducted at a site outside Beijing simulating conditions on the Red Planet, where the pull of gravity is about one-third that of Earth. China plans to launch a lander and rover to Mars next year to explore parts of the planet in detail. China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone earlier this year by landing a probe on the mysterious far side of the moon. It has developed r...
No-deal Brexit would push borrowing above £100bn, IFS warns

No-deal Brexit would push borrowing above £100bn, IFS warns

Business
A no-deal Brexit would see government borrowing rise to almost £100bn a year and overall debt reaching levels not seen since the 1960s, a leading economic think-tank has warned.Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicted a mini-boom in public spending, funded by the extra borrowing, to help soften the blow if the UK crashes out of Europe without a deal. But the boom would likely be followed by bust as the government struggles to cope with the consequences of a smaller economy and higher debt on its funding of public services, the IFS said.The findings were published in the think-tank's "green budget" setting out the issues likely to be facing the chancellor Sajid Javid as he prepares his first budget.It also contained analysis from economists at the global investment bank