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Biden calls for a big expansion of offshore wind – here's how officials decide where the turbines may go

(THE CONVERSATION) The Biden administration has announced ambitious plans to scale up leasing for offshore wind energy projects along the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts. In an announcement released on Oct. 13, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Interior stated that it will "use the best available science as well as knowledge f ... (full story)


As a patriot and Black man, Colin Powell embodied the 'two-ness' of the African American experience

(THE CONVERSATION) Colin Powell knew where he fit in American history.
The former secretary of state – who died on Oct. 18, 2021, at 84 as a result of COVID-19 complications – was a pioneer: the first Black national security advisor in U.S. history, the first Black chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and also the f ... (full story)


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EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

EXPLAINER: How mental illness law is changing Ohio death row

COLUMBUS (AP) — A new Ohio law prohibiting the execution of people who had severe mental illness at the time of their crime has begun seeing its first implementations.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in January signed the bill into law covering killers diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder o ... (full story)


Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped, including a 2-year-old.
The 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the group in Ganthier, a community ... (full story)