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An ash plume rises over La Soufriere on St. Vincent on April 13. The volcano is expected to continue erupting and has caused a humanitarian crisis.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 17:27

Between 16,000 and 20,000 people were evacuated from the area around the volcano on St. Vincent. Some evacuees are with family and friends; others are fleeing the island entirely.

A health worker treats a COVID-19 patient at a field hospital in Ribeirao Pires, greater Sao Paulo area, on Tuesday.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:56

The Supreme Court has approved an inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro's pandemic response. Doctors Without Borders says the country's approach has led to a "near collapse of Brazil's health system."

Former Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer Kim Potter was arrested Wednesday and released later that day on a $100,000 bond.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:04

Kim Potter has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. Wright's family has expressed skepticism about the police explanation that Potter mistook her gun for her Taser.

Two boys hold signs at an April 6 news conference, days after a Chicago police officer fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 16:02

The highly anticipated footage was released to the public on Thursday, more than two weeks after the seventh-grader was killed by an officer following an alleyway foot pursuit.

Unaccompanied minors wait to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents near the U.S.-Mexico border in La Joya, Texas on April 10. The Biden administration faces big challenges as it deals with the record-breaking surge of unaccompanied minors.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:35

Health and Human Services has opened a dozen emergency influx shelters for unaccompanied migrant children, easing a bottleneck at the border. But the Biden administration still faces big challenges.

Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson (from left), Sen. Ed Markey, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Rep. Mondaire Jones announce legislation Thursday to expand the number of seats on the U.S. Supreme Court outside the high court.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 15:07

Republicans were scathing in their response to the measure, but the bill has a grim future even without their opposition. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has no plans to bring it to the floor.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to media in Tokyo this month. Suga will take part in a Friday summit meeting with President Biden, the first foreign leader to meet the president face to face.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:46

As the U.S. tries to enlist allies to help meet the challenges posed by China, perhaps no nation is more central than Japan. Suga is the first foreign leader to meet face-to-face with President Biden.

Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. was born in Sierra Leone and came to the U.S. when he was 8. He regrets that he no longer has an accent. "The accent is like a reminder of who you are and it's a reminder of where you come from," he says.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:46

Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. lost a close friend from college to police violence. His podcast explores different aspects of the movement for Black lives — including Tejan-Thomas Jr.'s personal history.

A city street is closed this month for repairs and upgrades in Orlando, Fla. As part of an infrastructure proposal by the Biden administration, $115 billion is earmarked to modernize bridges, highways and roads.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 11:00

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds most support the plan, but three-quarters of Republicans do not. "Listen to your constituents," President Biden says, but that may mean little to no GOP votes.

Hartsville resident Rick Bradley, 62, received his first COVID-19 vaccine dose at the end of March at the local Walgreens, saying "this is not a summer cold or a conspiracy." He says some of his neighbors have become so used to COVID-19, that getting vaccinated has fallen off the priority list.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 10:08

A majority of white, rural conservatives in Tennessee are open to getting the vaccine at some point, but at least 45% won't consider it. Rates in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are also lagging.

Using fluorescent antibody-based stains and advanced microscopy, researchers are able to visualize cells of different species origins in an early stage chimeric embryo. The red color indicates the cells of human origin.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 10:01

An international team has put human cells into monkey embryos in hopes of finding new ways to produce organs for transplantation. But some ethicists still worry about how such research could go wrong.

Diners eat lunch at Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford, Conn., on March 19. Retail sales surged last month as $1,400 relief payments and easing coronavirus restrictions led shoppers to open their wallets.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:41

Retail sales jumped nearly 10% in March, as shoppers, flush with $1,400 relief payments, are feeling more confident about venturing out. Weekly unemployment claims dropped to a pandemic low.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin tells the judge on Thursday he will not testify on his own behalf in his trial over the death of George Floyd. His attorney, Eric Nelson, is seen at left.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 09:10

Chauvin told Judge Peter Cahill that he would exercise his Fifth Amendment right. Closing arguments are expected to begin on Monday.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Karen Gibson attends the service for slain U.S. Capitol Officer William "Billy" Evans, as his remains lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 08:10

Locking down the Capitol "defeats the purpose of having the people's house that is available and open to constituents," says Karen Gibson, who helped review the Jan. 6 assault on the building.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting Wednesday via video link. The sanctions against Moscow signal that "we are going to be clear to Russia that there will be consequences when warranted," the White House press secretary says.
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 07:34

President Biden is ordering a new round of economic sanctions that include restrictions on dozens of Russian entities and the expulsion of some Kremlin diplomats.

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