By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
December 12, 2013 10:02 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The rapid melting in the Arctic eased up this year. But the government says global warming is still dramatically altering the top of the world, reducing the number of reindeer and shrinking snow and ice, while increasing certain fish and extending the growing season.
By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press
December 12, 2013 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevent future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker John Boehner unleashed a stinging attack on tea party-aligned conservative groups campaigning for the measure’s defeat.
LONGVIEW — The Cowlitz Public Utility District expects to sell power worth $5.5 million next year from its share of the output from the White Creek wind farm in Klickitat County, in south central Washington.
By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
December 12, 2013 9:41 a.m.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened meetings Thursday in the Middle East on his ninth trip of the year to the region.