Politics
April 7

US resumes funding to UN agency for Palestinian refugees

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a resumption of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians, including to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees, nearly all of which had been eliminated under President Donald Trump.
Nation
April 7

Summoning seniors: Big new push to vaccinate older Americans

The first hurdle was getting on the bus. Seventy-four-year-old Linda Busby hesitated outside a community center where older people were loading up to go get the coronavirus vaccine.
Nation
April 7

Today in History

Today in History
Nation
April 7
In this March photo, Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference about migrant children detentions, in Dallas. Texas child welfare officials

Texas investigating abuse allegations at migrant facility

Texas child welfare officials said Wednesday they received three reports alleging abuse and neglect at a San Antonio coliseum that is holding more than 1,600 immigrant teenagers who crossed the southern border.
Nation
April 7

The Latest: 11 new COVID-19 cases in China's lone outbreak

Chinese officials say 11 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in a southwestern city bordering Myanmar that is the scene of China's current sole active outbreak.
Nation
April 7

Prominent Alabama GOP secretary of state won't run in '22

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a prominent state Republican viewed as having higher political ambitions, said Wednesday that he will not run for any elected office next year because of poor choices he made that have impacted his family.
Business
April 7

NRA boss says he didn't tell group leaders before bankruptcy

Wayne LaPierre, the embattled leader of the National Rifle Association, said Wednesday that he put the powerful gun-rights group into bankruptcy without first informing most of its board members and top officials.
Variety
April 7
First lady Jill Biden speaks at a virtual event with military families from around the world as part of the White House initiative to support military

Jill Biden shines fresh spotlight on military family program

Jill Biden on Wednesday delivered on her promise to prioritize the struggles of military families by reviving a decade-old initiative that challenged Americans to do something as simple as mow the lawn or drop off a meal for a family with a loved one in the armed forces.
Business
April 7

Commerce Secretary Raimondo defends census privacy method

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Wednesday defended a controversial privacy technique being used by the U.S. Census Bureau in the 2020 census, a method the agency promised would only make small changes to actual numbers in counts of racial and ethnic groups.
Business
April 7
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.

NRA exec sheltered on borrowed yacht after mass shootings

After school shootings that left dozens dead in recent years, National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre said the resulting outrage put him in such danger that he sought shelter aboard a borrowed 108-foot (32.92-meter) yacht.
Nation
April 7

Bond set for father, daughter in North Carolina murder case

A man and his daughter who were sentenced to prison in the 2015 death of an Irish businessman were released on bond Wednesday, weeks after the North Carolina Supreme court agreed that their convictions should be reversed.
Business
April 7

EXPLAINER: What to know about the Amazon union vote count

Amazon is known for quick delivery. But finding out whether Amazon warehouse workers voted for or against unionizing is going to take some more time.
Nation
April 7
In this 2019 photo Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. A lawsuit by former U.S. Rep. Hill against the Daily Mail was dis

Judge tosses former Rep. Katie Hill's suit against tabloid

A lawsuit by former U.S. Rep. Katie Hill of California against the Daily Mail was dismissed Wednesday by a judge who said the tabloid was protected under the First Amendment when it published nude photos of her.
Nation
April 7
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif.

Virginia becomes first Southern state to legalize marijuana

Virginia became the first Southern state to legalize marijuana Wednesday, as lawmakers voted to approve Gov. Ralph Northam's proposed changes to a bill that will allow adults to possess and cultivate small amounts of the drug starting in July.
Nation
April 7

Gov. Inslee signs bill to restore voting rights to parolees

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill automatically restoring voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies, even if they are still on parole — a measure sponsored by a lawmaker who was herself formerly incarcerated.
Business
April 7

Ex-California man charged with $14M boiler room scam

A former Southern California man was charged Wednesday with running a "boiler room" scheme that bilked more than 100 investors out of $14 million.
Politics
April 7
President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss

President Joe Biden will unveil a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence on Thursday, delivering his first major action on gun control since taking office.
Local
April 7

Expert: Chauvin never took knee off Floyd's neck area

Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd's neck area — and was bearing down with most of his weight — the entire 9 1/2 minutes the Black man lay facedown with his hands cuffed behind his back, a use-of-force expert testified Wednesday at Chauvin's murder trial.
Nation
April 7

Arkansas Senate OKs alternate, scaled-back hate crimes bill

The Arkansas Senate on Wednesday approved a stripped-down hate crimes bill derided by longtime supporters of such legislation who claim the measure is too vague and would provide "insufficient" medicine for a state that's one of only three nationwide without such a law.
Nation
April 7

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: