Biden tours flood-ravaged Kentucky as White House highlights climate crisis

Biden calls passage of historic climate and healthcare legislation as a ‘big deal’ in state where flooding has claimed 37 lives,

Joe Biden on Monday toured parts of eastern Kentucky devastated by the worst flooding in the state’s history and pledging to help recovery, while his spokesperson warned that the climate crisis was having an impact on such events there and across America.

At least 37 people have died in the flooding since a deluge late last month that dropped up to 10.5in of rain in only 48 hours.

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US news website Axios agrees $525m sale to Cox Enterprises

Axios, whose founders launched site in 2016, to be taken over legacy publisher that owns US regional newspapers

For $525m, Axios – publisher of punchy, notated news briefs – is set to be acquired by Cox Enterprises, a legacy publisher that owns a series of US regional newspapers.

The cash deal, announced Monday, is expected to close in the next few weeks and marks a significant moment in the growth of the news outlet, which was founded in 2016 by the same journalists who launched Politico in 2007.

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Blinken makes case for democracy at start of sub-Saharan Africa tour

Secretary of state tells reporters in South Africa that US ‘not trying to outdo anyone’ amid growing influence of Russia and China

Anthony Blinken, the US secretary of state, has appealed to “governments, communities and peoples” across Africa to embrace Washington’s vision of democracy, openness and economic partnership in the first major speech of three-nation tour of sub-Saharan Africa

Blinken was speaking in South Africa on the first stop of his tour, which will include the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

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Ahmaud Arbery’s murderer sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crime

Travis McMichael had already seen sentenced to life without parole in Georgia state court for Arbery’s murder

The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the 25-year-old Black man in a Georgia neighborhood was sentenced Monday to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime.

Travis McMichael received his sentence from US district court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood in the port city of Brunswick. The punishment is largely symbolic – McMichael was sentenced earlier this year to life without parole in a Georgia state court for Arbery’s murder.

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Democrats celebrate as climate bill moves to House – and critics weigh in

Bernie Sanders calls climate measures a ‘very modest step forward’ and Republicans denounce the bill altogether

Democrats celebrated the much-delayed Senate passage of their healthcare and climate spending package, expressing hope that the bill’s approval could improve their prospects in the crucial midterm elections this November.

The bill, formerly known as the Inflation Reduction Act, passed the Senate on Sunday in a party-line vote of 51-50, with vice-president Kamala Harris breaking the tie in the evenly divided chamber.

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