Iceland is holding an election with the pandemic largely behind it but its voters faced with a reality check. The travel restrictions with COVID-19 have laid bare just how much the sparsely-populated island got hooked on tourism, while there is little consensus on whether climate change presents a challenge or an opportunity. This country in the North Atlantic ocean is vulnerable to ...

Crews were hoping a shift in the weather would help them get the upper hand against several wildfires burning in Northern California and the southern Sierra. But forecasters warned Saturday the window of opportunity could be short-lived, as a cooling trend was expected to be followed by warmer temperatures and dry winds. The Fawn fire north of Redding had burned 7,544 acres and was 10% ...

SAN DIEGO — Like the many gun safety bills that have come before it, the one just signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is borne from tragedy. In 2019, John T. Earnest, a then-19-year-old Rancho Penasquitos college student, opened fire on a Poway synagogue using a rifle he bought at a Grantville gun shop. He did so under a narrow provision that allows 18- to 20-year-olds to buy guns as long ...

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry reaffirmed a request for “mutual legal assistance” to investigate the murder of President Jovenel Moise. In prerecorded remarks to the UN General Assembly, Henry emphasized that finding all those responsible for the assassination was a “top priority” of his government. “This is a transnational crime and because of this we are formally requesting mutual legal ...

MIAMI — The number of Haitian migrants stopped at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard zoomed past 1,000 for this fiscal year after two interceptions of 260 migrants returned to Haiti Friday, the agency announced. For the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2020 and will end Thursday, the Coast Guard says, crews have intercepted 1,119 Haitian migrants. That exceeds each of the previous four fiscal years, ...

LOS ANGELES — For much of the past year, the contest to become Los Angeles’ next mayor has been a sleepy affair, barely registering with voters and drowned out by a quixotic statewide recall election. All that changed this week, with a succession of candidates revealing — either directly or through surrogates — that they were joining the increasingly crowded race to replace Mayor Eric ...

CHICAGO — A team that began the month inviting questions about an uncertain future is finishing September by making uncanny history. The Cardinals won their club-record 15th consecutive game by rallying to overpower and overwhelm the Cubs, 8-5, on Saturday at Wrigley Field. In 130 years of professional baseball in the National League, no Cardinals team had won more than 14 consecutive games ...

A school bus driver was fatally stabbed in front of students after picking them up from a Washington state elementary school Friday afternoon, authorities said. The alleged killer, who is now in custody, got on the bus near Longfellow Elementary in the city of Pasco around 3 p.m. and launched the knife attack as multiple children watched in horror, according to police. The victim lost control ...

WASHINGTON — The House Budget Committee advanced a draft version of President Joe Biden’s signature tax and social spending measure, a milestone ahead of possible votes on the floor of the chamber next week. Lawmakers voted 20-17 in a mostly party-line ballot to move the bill forward during a rare weekend meeting. Congressional Democrats are using a fast-track budget process to ram the ...

LAS VEGAS — Looking up at the sports board inside the MGM Grand, there’s something startling to see if you can see past the surrounding strain of insanity — past the bright lights and flashy fluff, past the glitter and the tapped-out gritty, past even the tourist waving a Nebraska football hat in the air. “Let me in on that!’’ he’s saying Friday evening before the betting board of this ...

TAMPA, Fla. — The top-line trends are widely known, visible in political campaigns, video programming and store shelves: People of Hispanic heritage are growing in total number and as a share of the U.S. population. This decades-old progression is affirmed again in a much-anticipated annual survey from the Pew Research Center that coincides with the federally designated National Hispanic ...

CONWAY, S.C. — It was a short day of work for Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall and the Chanticleers’ other starters Saturday at Brooks Stadium. The Chants took care of business in the first half against an overwhelmed Massachusetts, allowing McCall to watch the entire second half of a 53-3 win from the sideline. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns and ...

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 15 people, including two children, were killed and more than 13 others wounded after a suicide bomb attack in the capital of Somalia. The attack took place just yards away from the presidential palace, police spokesperson Ali Hassan told dpa. "We have confirmed that 15 people, including three security forces, are dead. The death toll includes the bomber," the ...

MADRID — Commercial flights to the Spanish island of La Palma were disrupted on Saturday due to large amounts of volcanic ash, amid an ongoing volcanic eruption that began last week. Flights to the neighboring islands of Tenerife and La Gomera resumed, however, Binter airline said on Twitter. Ferries from La Palma to Tenerife were not affected. The crossing takes about four hours. The volcano ...

ANDERSON, Calif. — Firefighters faced off against the fast-moving Fawn fire as it edged closer to Shasta Lake on Saturday, hoping to take advantage of lighter winds and cooler temperatures expected to last through the weekend. The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in a rocky quarry area near Bear Mountain Road and has charred 7,544 acres in just three days, leveling at least 100 structures ...

NEW YORK — Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry underscored that the rights of migrants needed to be respected in a video message to the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Saturday, after the United States deported thousands of Haitians by plane earlier this week. "Fathers and mothers, who have children, are always going to flee poverty and conflict. They will always strive to offer better ...

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin praised last week's parliamentary elections as "free and fair" on Saturday, while hundreds of people gathered in Moscow to protest against the results of the polls that were overshadowed by massive accusations of fraud. "The elections themselves were held openly and in strict accordance with the law," Putin said during talks with top politicians from ...

China gave a hero’s welcome to Huawei Technologies Co.’s executive Meng Wanzhou as she touched down three years after her arrest in Canada, while two Canadians freed by Beijing returned to their homeland with less fanfare. “I am finally home after over 1,000 days of suffering,” Meng, wearing a red dress, said tearfully to the cheering crowd after landing at Shenzhen Bao’an International ...

BERLIN — In his first run for chancellor, Christian Democrat Armin Laschet risks losing the office that Angela Merkel held tight for conservatives for 16 years. So a day before the nation’s most competitive election in almost two decades, Merkel joined him on the campaign trail one last time to stump for her would-be successor. For voters who believe it makes little difference who the next ...

NEW YORK — An appeals court judge has tossed a monkey wrench into the city’s demand that teachers and other adults in public schools be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Monday, buying time for the city's Department of Education workers who are resisting a jab. In a Friday night order, Judge Joseph Bianco of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a temporary injunction against Mayor ...