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AP-POLL-INFRASTRUCTURE — About 8 in 10 Individuals favor plans to extend funding for roads, bridges and ports and for pipes that provide consuming water. However a brand new ballot from The Related Press-NORC Heart for Public Affairs Analysis exhibits that’s about so far as Democrats and Republicans intersect on infrastructure. President Joe Biden has wager {that a} handshake with a bunch of Republican senators could be sufficient to energy a $973 billion infrastructure deal by means of Congress, whereas Democrats would individually take up a $3.5 trillion proposal that might embody cash for youngster tax credit, faculties, well being care and clear power. The ballot finds 55% of Individuals approve of Biden’s dealing with of infrastructure; 42% disapprove. By Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut. SENT: 805 phrases, photographs.

CHINA-LARGEST DETENTION CENTER — China’s largest detention middle is twice the scale of Vatican Metropolis and has room for no less than 10,000 inmates. The AP was the primary Western media allowed in throughout a state-led tour of Urumqi No. 3 Detention Heart in Dabancheng within the far western area of Xinjiang. No. 3 was transformed from an internment camp right into a pre-trial detention facility, the AP discovered, in what seems to be an try to maneuver Uyghurs and different largely Muslim minorities right into a extra everlasting jail system justified underneath the legislation. By Dake Kang. SENT: 1,700 phrases, photographs. An abridged model of 1,000 phrases can also be accessible.

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TOP STORIES

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VIRUS OUTBREAK — Demise charges are hovering throughout Southeast Asia as virus wave spreads. Indonesia has transformed almost its total oxygen manufacturing to medical use simply to fulfill the demand from COVID-19 sufferers struggling to breathe. Overflowing hospitals in Malaysia needed to resort to treating sufferers on the ground. And in Myanmar’s largest metropolis, graveyard employees have been laboring day and evening. Simply within the final two weeks, the three Southeast Asian nations have all surpassed India’s peak per capita demise charge from a brand new coronavirus wave. By David Rising and Eileen Ng. SENT: 1,360 phrases, photographs.

REPUBLICANS-VACCINES — Republican politicians are underneath growing stress to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the pictures as a brand new, extra contagious variant sends caseloads hovering. However few are suggesting whether or not they’re prepared to assist new motion. By Jill Colvin. UPCOMING: 850 phrases, photographs by 5 p.m.

CAPITOL BREACH-INVESTIGATION — Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot “will do the job it got down to do” after Republicans have stated they may boycott the probe. She left open the likelihood that she would appoint different members to the panel, as she has the authority to do underneath committee guidelines. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,000 phrases, photographs.

WESTERN-WILDFIRES — Decrease winds and higher climate helped crews utilizing bulldozers and helicopters battling the nation’s largest wildfire in southern Oregon whereas a Northern California wildfire crossed into Nevada, prompting new evacuations as blazes burn throughout the West. By Nathan Howard. SENT: 560 phrases, photographs. With WILDFIRES-SMOKE EXPLAINER — As wildlife smoke spreads, who’s in danger? SENT: 880 phrases, photographs.

HAITI-PRESIDENT-ASSASSINATED-COLOMBIA — The assassination of Haiti’s president this month has uncovered an business of retired Colombian troopers who feed non-public safety enterprises world wide. Haitian authorities have implicated no less than 20 retired Colombian troopers within the slaying of President Jovenel Moïse. By Regina Garcia Cano and Astrid Suarez. SENT: 1,090 phrases, photographs. WITH: HAITI-PRESIDENT-ASSASSINATED — A whole lot of employees fled companies in northern Haiti after demonstrations close to the hometown of assassinated President Jovenel Moïse grew violent forward of his funeral. SENT: 440 phrases, photographs.

OPENING-CEREMONY-DIRECTOR-FIRED — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony due to a Holocaust joke he made throughout a comedy present in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto stated a day forward of the opening ceremony that director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed. He was accused of utilizing a joke concerning the Holocaust in his comedy act, together with the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust.” By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 650 phrases, photograph. WITH: OLYMPIC SCANDALS– From doping, to demonstrations to soiled officers to the reluctant postponement of the Tokyo Video games, the Olympics have by no means lacked their share of off-the-field scandals that hold the Video games within the headlines lengthy after the torch goes out. SENT: 800 phrases, photographs.

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AMAZON-BUZZERS — Amazon is pushing landlords across the nation to provide its drivers the power to unlock residence constructing entrance doorways each time they should go away packages within the foyer as a substitute of the road. The service, known as Amazon Key for Enterprise, permits supply employees to make their rounds quicker since they don’t must ring doorbells. And fewer stolen packages may give Amazon an edge over different on-line retailers. However there might be drawbacks. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 965 phrases, photographs.

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THE OLYMPICS

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EXPLAINER-PROTEST-RULE — The straightforward act of taking a knee felt like one thing extra monumental when it occurred on Olympic soccer pitches in Japan on the opening evening of motion. Gamers from the U.S., Sweden, Chile, Britain and New Zealand ladies’s groups went to a knee earlier than their video games, anti-racism gestures the likes of which had not been seen earlier than on the Olympic stage. They figured to be the primary of many of those type of demonstrations over the three-week keep in Tokyo. SENT: 700 phrases, photograph.

OLY-ATHLETE PROTESTS — After photos of Olympic soccer gamers taking a knee had been excluded from official spotlight tapes and social media channels, the IOC says kneeling protests can be proven sooner or later. Gamers from 5 ladies’s groups kneeled on the primary day of competitors, the primary day such gestures had been allowed on the Olympics. SENT: 400 phrases, photographs.

THE-DIRTY GAMES? — It’s one of many uncomfortable realities of the Tokyo Olympics. Not a single one of many roughly 11,000 athletes competing over the subsequent 17 days has been held to the best requirements of the world anti-doping code over the important 16-month interval main into the Video games. SENT: 1,100 phrases, photographs.

OLY-TV-CROWD-NOISE — One in all Molly Solomon’s favourite recollections from the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics was watching Lindsey Vonn earlier than she skied. Cameras within the begin home would give attention to her, with microphones selecting up her respiration whereas she listened to closing directions. With no spectators within the stands in the course of the Tokyo Video games, Solomon is hoping to choose up on extra of these moments. The NBC Olympics govt producer says the community is not going to add further crowd noise to its protection. SENT: 515 phrases, photographs.

OLY-GUINEA-WITHDRAWS — The African nation of Guinea has pulled out of this 12 months’s Olympics, maintaining 5 athletes from competing on the Tokyo Video games. Minister of Sports activities Sanoussy Bantama Sow blamed the virus and its variants. SENT: 240 phrases.

JILL-BIDEN — Jill Biden is in Tokyo on her first solo worldwide journey as first woman. She’s main the U.S. delegation to the Olympic Video games. SENT: 890 phrases, photographs.

EXPLAINER-SURFING — Browsing is as a lot ability and science as intuition and timing. SENT: 980 phrases, photographs.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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MUSIC-KANYE-WEST — Kanye West is aware of make a splash even with an upcoming listening occasion in Atlanta. SENT: 370 phrases, photograph.

INTERNET-OUTAGE — Main web sites went down in what gave the impression to be a short however widespread outage. The web sites of Airbnb, AT&T, Costco and Delta confirmed error messages round noon. SENT: 75 phrases.

ECUADOR-PRISON-VIOLENCE — Rival gangs of inmates have fought in two prisons in Ecuador, killing no less than 18 folks and injuring dozens. SENT: 115 phrases, photographs.

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE — Police say a drive-by capturing in Chicago wounded eight individuals who had been driving on a celebration bus, considered one of a number of shootings within the metropolis that left no less than three folks useless on the identical day. SENT: 370 phrases, photograph.

ITALY-CAPRI-BUS-CRASH — Italian firefighters say a public bus on the holiday island of Capri crashed by means of a guardrail and landed on a seashore resort space. Capri’s mayor stated the bus driver died. SENT: 180 phrases, photographs.

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MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-US — The White Home addresses a summer-time surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and instances that’s spreading quick by means of the South, most prominently in Louisiana. UPCOMING: 900 phrases, photographs by 4 p.m.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-SMALL-BUSINESS-TOURISM — Small companies within the U.S. that depend upon tourism and vacationers say enterprise is bouncing again, as Individuals rebook postponed journeys and spend freely on meals, leisure and souvenirs. SENT: 1,115 phrases, photographs.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-JAPAN — Tokyo hit one other six-month excessive in new COVID-19 instances a day earlier than the Olympics start, as worries develop of a worsening of infections in the course of the Video games. SENT: 370 phrases, photographs.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-CHINA-COVID-ORIGINS — China says it gained’t settle for the World Well being Group’s plan for the second part of a research into the origins of COVID-19. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the Nationwide Well being Fee, says he was “reasonably greatly surprised” by the decision for an additional look into the pandemic’s origins and particularly, the idea that the virus might need leaked from a Chinese language lab. SENT: 600 phrases, photographs.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-VIRAL QUESTIONS-BREAKTHROUGH CASES — A small variety of COVID-19 “breakthrough” instances are anticipated after vaccination, and well being officers say they’re not a trigger for alarm. SENT: 380 phrases, graphic.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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BIDEN-ECONOMIC-DEVELOPMENT — President Joe Biden’s administration says it’s making $3 billion in financial growth grants accessible to communities — a tenfold improve in this system paid for by this 12 months’s COVID-19 reduction invoice. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo tells The Related Press her company will start accepting functions for the aggressive grants, which officers hope will create a whole lot of 1000’s of jobs. SENT: 335 phrases, photographs.

UNITED-STATES-AFGHANISTAN — The U.S. navy launched a number of airstrikes this week in assist of Afghan authorities forces preventing Taliban insurgents, together with within the strategically essential province of Kandahar, officers stated. SENT: 660 phrases, photographs. WITH: UNITED STATES-AFGHAN-VISAS — Home lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to permit in 1000’s extra of the Afghans who labored alongside Individuals within the Afghanistan struggle. SENT: 325 phrases,

JUSTICE-DEPARTMENT-GUN-TRAFFICKING — The Justice Division is launching gun trafficking strike forces in 5 cities within the U.S. It’s a part of an effort to scale back spiking violent crime by addressing unlawful trafficking and prosecuting offenses that assist put weapons within the fingers of criminals. Lawyer Basic Merrick Garland is launching the strike forces on Thursday in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. SENT: 540 phrases, photographs.

IOWA-SENATE-FINKENAUER — Iowa Democrat Abby Finkenauer is working for Republican Chuck Grassley’s U.S. Senate seat. The one-term former congresswoman hopes her blue-collar credentials will propel her ahead in a state that has grown extra conservative over time. SENT: 625 phrases, photographs.

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INTERNATIONAL

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PANDEMIC-AFRICA-SOUTH-SUDAN-MOTHERS — Even earlier than the pandemic hit, South Sudanese ladies had been accustomed to constructing lives on the sting of uncertainty. However COVID-19 is shaking that fragile basis. The nation is only a decade outdated and one of many world’s most tough locations to lift kids. Coronavirus has exacerbated starvation and poverty. And inflation is hollowing out earnings. Some ladies are getting jobs exterior dwelling for the primary time. SENT: 1,490 phrases, photographs, video. An abridged model of 1,020 phrases can also be accessible.

JERUSALEM-SHRINE-BRIDGE — A rickety bridge permitting entry to Jerusalem’s most delicate holy website is liable to collapse, in accordance with specialists, however the flashpoint shrine’s delicate place at ground-zero of the Israeli-Palestinian battle has prevented its restore for greater than a decade. SENT: 1,080 phrases, photographs.

NORWAY-ATTACK-ANNIVERSARY — Commemorations have begun to mark 10 years since Norway’s worst ever peacetime slaughter. On July 22, 2011, right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb within the capital, Oslo, killing eight folks, earlier than heading to tiny Utoya island the place he stalked and shot useless 69 largely teen members of the Labor Celebration’s youth wing. SENT: 715 phrases, photographs.

RUSSIA-WILDFIRES-EXPLAINER — A take a look at what’s fuelling 1000’s of wildfires that engulf broad expanses of Russia annually, destroying forests and shrouding territories in acrid smoke. SENT: 770 phrases, photographs.

KOREAS-US-NUCLEAR — Prime U.S. and South Korean officers agreed to attempt to persuade North Korea to return to talks on its nuclear program, which Pyongyang has insisted it gained’t do in protest of what it calls U.S. hostility. SENT: 500 phrases, photographs.

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NATIONAL

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INDIGENOUS BOARDING SCHOOLS-CHURCHES — Prime officers within the Episcopal Church launch a evaluate of the denomination’s function in working boarding faculties for Native American kids for a lot of a long time prior to now. The initiative follows the discoveries of unmarked graves at related faculties in Canada, and announcement of a U.S. Inside Division evaluate of such faculties by the U.S. , most of which which church-run. SENT: 1,260 phrases, photographs. Eds: An abriged model of 990 phrases is on the market.

NASHVILLE-INTERSTATE-RACE — Tennessee state Rep. Harold Love Jr.’s father put up a struggle within the Nineteen Sixties towards rerouting Interstate 40 as a result of he believed it will stifle and isolate Nashville’s Black neighborhood. His father was pressured to promote a North Nashville dwelling to make means for the freeway. After his father’s prediction got here true, Love Jr. is now a part of a bunch pushing to construct a cap throughout the freeway that may create a neighborhood house to assist reunify the town. The $120 million undertaking is being spearheaded by Mayor John Cooper’s administration. SENT: 1,075 phrases, photographs.

BRIBERY-INVESTIGATION-OHIO — The power big on the middle of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted to riveting new particulars of its function within the conspiracy as a part of a settlement settlement with federal prosecutors, together with the way it used secret darkish cash teams to fund the trouble and paid a soon-to-be prime utility regulator to jot down the laws it acquired in trade. SENT: 725 phrases, photograph.

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi lawyer basic’s workplace is predicted to file briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court docket to stipulate the state’s arguments in a case that might upend almost 50 years of courtroom rulings on abortion rights nationwide. SENT: 390 phrases, photograph.

GEORGIA-CHASE-DEADLY-SHOOTING — A choose is predicted to delve into the jury choice course of at a listening to for the upcoming homicide trial of three males accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was chased and shot after he was noticed working in a Georgia neighborhood. SENT: 330 phrases, photographs.

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HEALTH & SCIENCE

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COCKATOOS OPEN BINS AUSTRALIA —- Intelligent cockatoos have found out hoist open trash-can lids with their beaks. Scientists targeted on animal cognition are monitoring the unfold of this new “foraging approach” throughout the suburbs of Sydney. UPCOMING: 900 phrases, photographs by 5 p.m.

MED-SUPERBED-FUNGUS — U.S. well being officers say they now have proof that an untreatable “superbug” fungus has unfold in two hospitals and a nursing dwelling. Outbreaks of the Candida auris fungus had been reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing dwelling and at two Dallas-area hospitals. A handful of the sufferers had invasive fungal infections that had been impervious to all three main lessons of medicines. SENT: 375 phrases, photographs.

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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

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VIRUS-OUTBREAK-UNEMPLOYMENT-BENEFITS —The variety of Individuals looking for unemployment advantages rose final week from the bottom level of the pandemic, even because the job market seems to be rebounding on the energy of a reopened economic system. Jobless claims elevated to 419,000 from 368,000 the earlier week. The weekly variety of first-time functions for advantages, which usually tracks layoffs, has fallen steadily since topping 900,000 in early January. SENT: 655 phrases, photographs.

FINANCIAL MARKETS — Shares had been muted as buyers reviewed the newest company earnings and a shock improve within the variety of Individuals submitting for unemployment advantages. SENT: 345 phrases, photographs.

DAIMLER-ELECTRIC-CARS — Luxurious carmaker Mercedes-Benz is stepping up its transfer into electrical vehicles. It says it may possibly see a market situation the place all gross sales are electrical by the top of the last decade. For the shorter time period the Stuttgart-based carmaker says it plans to lift its share of battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles to 50% of gross sales by 2025. SENT: 405 phrases, photographs.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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TRAVEL-WOODLAWN-CEMETERY — Woodlawn Cemetery in New York Metropolis is the resting place of scores of well-known and influential folks. One latest trolley tour of jazz and vaudeville greats included the gravesites of Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George M. Cohan and extra. Different strolling and trolley excursions cowl themes corresponding to Black, Irish, Italian and ladies’s historical past. SENT: 800 phrases, photographs.

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SPORTS

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FBC–NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-RECRUITING — There are many questions concerning the impression of faculty athletes profiting off their superstar. The alternatives for athletes can now be a promoting level for coaches when pitching prospects on becoming a member of their packages. UPCOMING: 800 phrases, photographs by 6 p.m.

FBC–CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT — If the Southeastern Convention does add Texas and Oklahoma, as is being mentioned by the 2 faculties and the powerhouse league, may that be the primary domino to fall in one other spherical or realignment that reshapes faculty sports activities? By School Soccer Author Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 phrases, photographs by 6 p.m.

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