Business
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 open to compromise on infrastructure, but not inaction

President Joe Biden drew a red line on his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday, saying he is open to compromise on how to pay for the package but inaction is unacceptable.
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.
Politics
April 7

Trump endorses Mo Brooks among Alabama GOP Senate contenders

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Rep. Mo Brooks over any other Republican contenders in Alabama's 2022 Senate race, siding with the conservative firebrand who whipped up the crowd before the Capitol riot in January.
World
April 7

Taiwan will fight 'to the very last day' if China attacks

Taiwan's foreign minister on Wednesday said the island will defend itself "to the very last day" if attacked by China.
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.
World
April 7

UN chief proposes targets to lift South Sudan arms embargo

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Wednesday for implementation of the 2018 peace agreement in South Sudan, disarmament of former combatants and establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission as key targets in proposed benchmarks for the world's newest nation to get rid of a U.N. arms embargo.
Politics
April 7

China protests transit of US destroyer through Taiwan Strait

China on Thursday protested the passage of a U.S. destroyer through the Taiwan Strait in the latest move as both nations increase their naval activity in the region.
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.
World
April 7

Puerto Rico to open vaccinations to all amid COVID-19 spike

Puerto Rico's governor announced Wednesday that officials will start vaccinating all those 16 and older beginning Monday, prompting celebrations across a U.S. territory facing a spike in COVID-19 cases.
World
April 7

Hong Kong activists plead guilty to joining democracy rally

Three veteran Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, including well-known publisher Jimmy Lai, pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking part in an unauthorized rally in 2019 that led to violence between police and participants. The charges carry prison terms of up to five years.
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.
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.
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:
Local
April 7

Feds charge Minnesota man tied to violent boogaloo movement

A Minnesota man whom authorities describe as a self-proclaimed member of the anti-government "boogaloo" movement and had an interest in killing police was charged Wednesday with illegal possession of a machine gun.
Nation
April 7
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Portland leaders to re-establish anti-gun violence unit

The mayor of Portland, Oregon, and city commissioners have reached a deal on proposals intended to stem a spike in gun violence over the past year.
Local
April 7
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks with reporters on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in St. Cloud. Joining her are, from left, Jules’ Bistro owner Donell

COVID-19 relief programs 'vital' for St. Cloud restaurants, bars, owners and officials say

Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited St. Cloud to tout relief package