Biden administration launches environmental justice office

Forty years after a predominantly Black community in Warren County, North Carolina, rallied against hosting a hazardous waste landfill, President Biden's top environment official visited what is widely considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement Saturday to unveil a national office that will distribute $3 billion USD in block grants to underserved communities burdened by pollution.
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Reaction to destruction caused by post-tropical storm Fiona across the East Coast

Post-tropical storm Fiona knocked out power to more than 500,000 customers in the Maritimes and forced towns in Cape Breton and on Newfoundland's southwestern coast to declare states of emergency on Saturday. Officials in Port aux Basques, N.L.
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Pink Floyd founder cancels Poland concerts after war remarks

Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has canceled concerts planned in Poland amid outrage over his stance on Russia's war against Ukraine, Polish media reported Saturday.
An official with the Tauron Arena in Krakow, where Waters was scheduled to perform two concerts in April, said they would no longer take place.
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'Baby' island appears in Pacific Ocean after underwater volcano erupts

The Central Tonga Islands welcomed the birth of a new baby -- a baby island, that is.
The new baby island emerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean, where underwater volcanoes are plentiful. One of these submerged volcanoes awoke on September 10, spewing lava, steam, and ash, according to a statement from the NASA Earth Observatory.
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Mali's prime minister lashed out Saturday at former colonizer France, the UN. secretary-general and many people in between, saying that the tumultuous country had been "stabbed in the back" by the French military withdrawal. In the same remarks, Abdoulaye Maiga praised the "exemplary and fruitful cooperation between Mali and Russia.
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China on Taiwan: 'External interference' won't be tolerated

China underscored its commitment Saturday to its claim to Taiwan, telling world leaders that anyone who gets in the way of its determination to reunify with the self-governing island would be "crushed by the wheels of history.
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Pharoah Sanders, influential saxophonist revered in jazz world, dead at 81

Pharoah Sanders, the influential tenor saxophonist revered in the jazz world for the spirituality of his work, has died, his record label announced. He was 81.
Sanders, also known for his extensive work alongside John Coltrane in the 1960s, died in Los Angeles early Saturday, said the post on Twitter from Luaka Bop, the label that released his 2021 album, Promises.
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Over 400,000 Maritimers still without power in Fiona's wake

Strong winds and heavy rainfall from Fiona have left nearly 500,000 Maritimers without power, as of midnight Sunday.
The powerful post-tropical storm, which saw wind gusts as high as 141 km/h in Sydney and estimates of more than 200 millimetres of rain, continues to make its way through the Atlantic region Saturday afternoon.
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'The Crown' back in November for season 5 with new queen

"The Crown" will return to its Netflix throne in early November.
The drama series about Queen Elizabeth II and her extended family will begin its fifth season on Nov. 9, the streaming service said Saturday.
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Queen Elizabeth II's final resting place revealed in new Windsor Castle photograph

Buckingham Palace has released a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II's final resting place within St. George's Chapel following her interment in Windsor on Monday.
An engraved ledger stone featuring the name of the late monarch was installed in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel, on Monday evening after a private service attended by her family.
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Russian police block mobilization protests, arrest hundreds

Russian police moved quickly Saturday to disperse peaceful protests against President Vladimir Putin's military mobilization order, arresting hundreds, including some children, in several cities across the vast country.
Police detained more than 700 people, including over 300 in Moscow and about 150 in St.
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Families mourn as death toll from sunken Lebanon migrant boat rises to 86

The death — toll from a migrant boat that sank off the Syrian coast after sailing from Lebanon earlier this week has risen to 86, Syrian state TV reported on Saturday.
The sinking marks the deadliest such voyage yet from Lebanon, where mounting economic desperation has led many to board often rickety and overcrowded boats in the hope of reaching Europe.
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