Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in El Salvador angry at the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender. President Nayib Bukele says the cryptocurrency will help Salvadorans working abroad send money home. However, protesters fear that this will bring instability and inflation to the impoverished Latin AmericanContinue Reading

States are becoming increasingly wary of running their own hemp-production programs because of mounting costs and labor requirements for compliance testing and enforcement. The dilemma led North Carolina, a major hemp market, to become the first state to discontinue its pre-existing hemp oversight operation. Hemp farmers in North Carolina willContinue Reading

Snoqualmie Casino CEO Stanford Le says his venue’s planned Thursday opening of the state’s first legalized sports gambling took plenty of communication and legwork before and after last week’s final federal government approval. The casino’s 11 a.m. launch of Washington state’s first sportsbook comes just ahead of Thursday night’s season-openingContinue Reading

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Willie L. Phillips, Jr. as a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, electricity, and other energy projects, ensuring that consumers can access affordable,Continue Reading

Veteran federal Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon will quit Parliament at the next election, leaving the NSW seat that has been held by his family for almost 40 years. The one-time defence minister has been an outspoken critic of federal Labor’s policy direction since its 2019 election loss, arguing Opposition LeaderContinue Reading

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen sent a letter to Congressional leaders on Wednesday warning that if Congress does not act to raise the debt ceiling soon “the most likely outcome is that cash and extraordinary measures will be exhausted during the month of October.” Republicans are maintaining their position againstContinue Reading

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his most forceful pandemic actions and words, President Joe Biden ordered sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans — private-sector employees as well as health care workers and federal contractors — in an all-out effort to curb the surging COVID-19 deltaContinue Reading

Three quarters of local authorities in England do not have formal policies for paternal or maternal care for councillors, new data suggests. The Fawcett Society, which carried out the research, said it contributed to a lack of women pursuing careers in local government. Separate research shows about a third ofContinue Reading

To protest Texas’s new abortion law, activists say, they are pranking a website created by the state’s largest anti-abortion group. Protesters at the Texas Capitol in Austin this week. They are protesting a Texas law that restricts access to abortion. Credit…Montinique Monroe to The New York Times After Texas lawsContinue Reading