United States & World News – WFAE

  • President Biden will address the U.N. General Assembly. A Texas doctor faces lawsuits for performing an abortion in defiance of a new law. Democrats pair spending bill with raising the debt ceiling.

  • To slow the collapse of nature, the Biden administration is promising to protect nearly a third of the country’s land and water by 2030. The plan is expected to rely heavily on private landowners.

  • New York’s mayor accuses courts of being slow to get back up to speed, saying they’re needed to combat violent crime. Have slower courts and fewer pretrial detentions added to the spike in violence?

  • Fungi, parasites, root rot: Climate change is increasing the risk of trees weakening and dying. Falling trees have increased power outages nationwide, which threatens public health and safety.

  • The U.S.’s top film schools are prioritizing a diverse student body. The demand for better representation on screen and behind the camera requires a talent pipeline from film schools.

  • Power outages are a growing problem in a hotter climate, and it’s not just from bigger storms. Rising temperatures are also damaging trees, making them more likely to fall on power lines.

  • Before COVID-19, the 1918-19 flu was universally considered the worst pandemic disease in human history. Whether the current scourge ultimately proves deadlier is unclear.

  • Before the pandemic, diversity training programs were all the rage at movie and TV studios. Now, how are they faring?

  • The Trump Organization and its longtime chief financial officer were back in court Monday, for the first time since their July indictment in New York on state charges of conspiracy to avoid taxes.

  • NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about GOP efforts to obtain voter information in connection with the 2020 presidential election.