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VOL. 45 | NO. 14 | Friday, April 2, 2021

Open your door and say ‘Ahhhh’

House calls are a phone call away for those who prefer – and can pay

Jacob Melnychuk grew up in San Jose, California, where he occasionally skipped science class at Leland High School to surf.


Anyone else have trouble with our roundabouts? No?

Well, I thought, this is embarrassing. After more than 50 years without a single moving violation or accident counted against me, I reckon myself as well above average on the driver scale. Superior, even.


Yes, that’s my listing, but if you have any questions ...

Window treatments remain with the property in most real estate transactions, largely because it is written into the boiler plate language in the contract.

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Industry Roundtable – Hospitality. Roundtables grouped by industry offer a new way to network in the New Year for Gallatin Chamber members. These meetings offer a place to promote community and to discuss what is happing in area businesses. Coffee will be provided, and a Chamber team member will attend each meeting. The Gathering Place, 450 W Main Street, Suite B1. Thursday, 7-8 a.m. Fee included in Chamber membership; registration is required. Information

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Smith inducted into College of Trial Lawyers

Stites & Harbison attorney Gregory D. Smith has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Educational Media moving to Nashville

Educational Media Foundation, parent company to K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks, AccessMore podcasts and WTA Media, plans to move its global headquarters in Nashville.


Get the right vehicle for your towing needs

You might be thinking about hitting the road this spring with a new SUV or truck and pulling a trailer or toy hauler. But figuring out what kind of vehicle to get without overspending can be a confusing process.


Overburdened IRS won’t be much help this tax season

Getting help from the IRS this tax season is going to be a challenge.


There’s a reason (many) why family businesses fail

They say not to take work home with you.


You’ll learn more in college than by taking year(s) off

Should high school seniors go straight to college or enter the workforce first? This can feel like a difficult question as young people face such big decisions.


Recovering from COVID-19? Here’s how to handle the financial hit

Testing and vaccination for the coronavirus is free thanks to laws passed last year. Treatment isn’t, however, and may be about to get more expensive.


Titans hire Jim Schwartz as senior defensive assistant

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have hired veteran defensive coordinator and former Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as a senior defensive assistant.


Predators beat Red Wings 3-2, improve to 4-0 in shootouts

DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi scored in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night.


Johnson is 2nd Vols player to declare for NBA draft

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee freshman guard Keon Johnson says he's declaring for the NBA draft and will sign with an agent, becoming the Vols' second freshman to leave after one season.

Manning receiving Liberty Bowl Distinguished Citizen Award

MEMPHIS (AP) — Retired NFL quarterback and Tennessee standout Peyton Manning will receive the Liberty Bowl Distinguished Citizen Award on June 6.


Nashville facility spared from TECT bankruptcy filing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita aerospace supply company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following losses it blamed on the COVID-19 pandemic and suspension of Boeing's 737 Max plane.


Tennessee restricting rabbit imports to keep out virus

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Agriculture Department is stepping up measures to keep rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus type 2 out of the state. The virus is highly contagious and fatal to domestic rabbits, wild hares and pikas.


Breyer says big Supreme Court changes could diminish trust

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Stephen Breyer on Tuesday said liberal advocates of big changes at the Supreme Court, including expanding the number of justices, should think "long and hard" about what they're proposing.


About 17M view Baylor-Gonzaga, a 14% decrease

NEW YORK (AP) — Even an NCAA championship matchup between two widely acknowledged as the best men's college basketball teams in the country wasn't enough to set the television world afire.


Biofuels producers, farmers not sold on switch to electric

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president and auto industry maintain the nation is on the cusp of a gigantic shift to electric vehicles and away from liquid-fueled cars, but biofuels producers and some of their supporters in Congress aren't buying it. They argue that now is the time to increase sales of ethanol and biodiesel, not abandon them.


More than a half million Americans gain health coverage under Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a half million Americans have taken advantage of the Biden administration's special health insurance sign-up window keyed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government announced Wednesday in anticipation that even more consumers will gain coverage in the coming months.


COVID testing blitz undermined screening, fight against STDs

WASHINGTON (AP) — After an unprecedented push to test and track COVID-19, public health workers are grappling with a worrisome side effect: a collapse in screening for sexually transmitted diseases that have been on the rise for years.

'We failed the test' of COVID-19, says human rights champion

PARIS (AP) — Agnès Callamard is best known for her investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and has made a career uncovering extrajudicial killings.

EU agency to share results of probe into AstraZeneca shot

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator will announce the conclusions of its investigation into the possible connection between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots later Wednesday, including recommendations that could have far-reaching effects on the use of the shot that is key to global efforts to end the pandemic.

Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration.

EU life expectancy drops across bloc amid virus pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — Life expectancy across much of the European Union has dropped last year, as the 27-nation bloc struggled with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


US stocks close mixed; S&P 500 notches another record high

Wall Street capped another choppy day of trading Wednesday with a mixed finish for stock indexes and another all-time high for the S&P 500.

Fed in March saw brighter outlook, yet underscored patience

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were encouraged last month by evidence the U.S. economy was picking up, but they showed no sign of moving closer to ending their bond purchases or lifting their benchmark short-term interest rate from nearly zero.

Biden administration makes pitch for higher business taxes

The Biden administration is drilling down on the argument that higher corporate tax rates would ultimately help an ailing economy, saying the resulting infrastructure investments would boost growth.

Target to spend more than $2B at Black-owned businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — Target will spend a total of more than $2 billion at Black-owned businesses by 2025 as part of its effort to advance racial equity.

US trade deficit jumps 4.8% to $71.1 billion in February

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit grew to a record $71.1 billion in February as a decline in exports more than offset a slight dip in imports, with severe weather taking much of the blame from analysts, who were expecting a slightly lower gap.

US Treasury: 156 million coronavirus relief payments issued

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Wednesday it has issued more than 156 million payments as part of President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief plan, including 25 million payments that were primarily to Social Security beneficiaries who hadn't filed 2019 or 2020 tax returns.

Bezos endorses higher corporate taxes for infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos endorsed President Joe Biden's focus on building up the country's infrastructure Tuesday and said the company even supports a corporate tax rate hike to help pay for it.

eBay auction of Japanese internment art pulled after protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The auction of a series of sketches purportedly drawn by an artist at the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar was canceled Tuesday after groups protested it was offensive and immoral to profit off the misery of incarcerated people.


Biden to nominate gun control advocate Chipman to lead ATF

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is expected to nominate David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

US military cites rising risk of Chinese move against Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American military is warning that China is probably accelerating its timetable for capturing control of Taiwan, the island democracy that has been the chief source of tension between Washington and Beijing for decades and is widely seen as the most likely trigger for a potentially catastrophic U.S.-China war.

EXPLAINER: Senate eyes budget rule to push past filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Senate split 50-50, leaders of the Democratic majority are looking for ways to advance their priorities and President Joe Biden's agenda around the typical 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster by opponents.

Jill Biden announcing next steps for military family program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is bringing a new focus to an old cause: supporting America's military families.


Vanderbilt fires women's basketball coach

NASHVILLE (AP) — Vanderbilt has fired women's basketball coach Stephanie White after five seasons and a 46-83 record.


Tennessee community organizer to primary Cooper

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee community organizer Odessa Kelly announced Monday that she will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the 2022 Democratic primary.


Tennessee mental health support line adds texting capability

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee phone line that offers callers mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic has added an option to talk via text messaging.


Lee joins GOP push against vaccine passports

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday joined fellow Republicans nationwide to advocate against COVID-19 vaccine passports, which are being developed in some areas to let inoculated people travel, shop and dine more freely.

Senate OKs bill allowing opt-out of LGBT curriculum

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-dominant Senate on Monday advanced legislation that would require school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as allow them to opt their students out of such instruction.


Judge orders state to remove men from sex offender registry

NASHVILLE (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Tennessee's sex offender registration act is unconstitutional, at least as it was applied retroactively to two offenders.


FDA OKs first new ADHD drug in over a decade for children

U.S. regulators have approved the first new drug in over a decade for children with ADHD, which causes inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.


Electric Chevy pickup to get estimated 400 miles per charge

DETROIT (AP) — An electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge, General Motors says.


United seeks to build its own diverse pipeline of pilots

United Airlines says it will train 5,000 this decade, including taking on applicants with no flying experience, and plans for half of them to be women or people of color.


Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

ROME (AP) — A top official at the European Medicines Agency says there's a causal link between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots, but that it's unclear what the connection is and that the benefits of taking the shot still outweigh the risks of getting COVID-19.

Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daniel Roberts hadn't had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat.

How to talk to believers of COVID-19 conspiracy theories

Conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are causing real-world problems by discouraging some people from getting vaccinated, wearing masks or following other guidelines. Some bizarre theories about the virus have prompted believers to burn 5G cell towers, shut down vaccination clinics or even ingest poisons touted as cures.

Biden to move COVID-19 vaccine eligibility date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was announcing Tuesday that he's bumping up his deadline for states to make all adults in the U.S. eligible for coronavirus vaccines.

As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don't have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are state prisoners.


Stocks slip on Wall Street as market eases back from records

Stocks edged lower on Wall Street, pulling major indexes slighlty below the record highs they reached a day earlier.

US job openings in February reached highest rate on record

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of job openings reached the highest level on record in February, a harbinger of healthy hiring and a hopeful sign for those looking for work.

Businesses, philanthropy unite to fight racial wealth gap

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEOs of Starbucks and Goldman Sachs will join leaders from philanthropy and academia in a new initiative to address the racial wealth gap in the United States.

Topps looks to go public in $1.3B deal with SPAC

Sports trading card company Topps is combining with a special purposes acquisition company in a deal valued at $1.3 billion and seeking a public listing.

IMF upgrades forecast for 2021 global growth to a record 6%

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and vast sums of government aid will accelerate global economic growth to a record high this year in a powerful rebound from the pandemic recession, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest forecast.

Labor board says Amazon illegally fired outspoken workers

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has found that two outspoken Amazon workers were illegally fired last year.

Federal low-income housing grant doubles in size this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to a coronavirus pandemic-fueled mortgage boom, states will get nearly $700 million in federal grants from a special program for low-income housing, more than double the amount distributed last year.

US consumer watchdog eyes rules to prevent foreclosures

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday it is considering new rules aimed at averting a wave of foreclosures later this year when millions of homeowners are no longer allowed to put off making their mortgage payments.


McConnell warns biz off political speech, says it's 'stupid'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday "it's quite stupid" for corporations to speak out politically, intensifying his warnings for big business to stand down as Congress delves into voting rights, President Joe Biden's infrastructure package and other defining issues.

Lawmakers call YouTube Kids a 'wasteland of vapid' content

A House subcommittee is investigating YouTube Kids, saying the Google-owned video feeds children inappropriate material in "a wasteland of vapid, consumerist content" so it can serve them ads.

Biden boosted by Senate rules as GOP bucks infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an appeal to think big, President Joe Biden is promoting his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan directly to Americans, summoning public support to push past the Republicans lining up against the massive effort they sum up as big taxes, big spending and big government.

Eating our lunch: Biden points to China in development push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing for trillions of dollars in development spending, President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers are directing Americans' eyes to the rear-view mirror, pointing to a booming, ambitious China they say is threatening to quickly overtake the United States in global clout and capacity.

Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz said he will not leave Congress and denied that he "slept with" an underage girl, suggesting that accusations against him stem from political foes angry that he "loathes the swamp."


Rod Clark hired as Tennessee basketball assistant

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has filled one of the openings on his staff by hiring Rod Clark as a new assistant.


Vanderbilt hospital road renamed for Black surgery pioneer

NASHVILLE (AP) — A road leading to Vanderbilt University Medical Center is now named for a Black pioneer in cardiac surgery, instead of bearing the Confederacy-tied moniker of Dixie Place.


Tennessee to provide $15M to keep child care agencies open

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Department of Human Services has announced that it will once again partner with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to provide support to help keep the state's child care agencies open during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Amtrak's long-range plan would add new routes across South

ATLANTA (AP) — Amtrak says a new route in its long-range plans would connect Savannah to Nashville and stop in Atlanta.

Delta cancels about 100 flights, opens some middle seats

DETROIT (AP) — Delta Air Lines canceled about 100 flights Sunday due to staff shortages, and it opened up middle seats a month earlier than expected in order to carry more passengers.


Top court sides with Google in copyright dispute with Oracle

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Google in an $8 billion-plus copyright dispute with Oracle.


Tesla appeals federal order to delete Musk tweet about union

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tesla is asking an appeals court to set aside a federal agency's order that a Twitter post discouraging union organizing be deleted from CEO Elon Musk's account.


Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America's largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing him.

CDC director: Young people fueling virus uptick

WASHINGTON — A top U.S. public health official says young people are driving the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases, as the increasing rate of vaccination in older Americans is preventing the most serious cases among seniors.

European countries scramble to tamp down latest virus surge

BOCHNIA, Poland (AP) — European countries scrambled Monday to tamp down a surge in COVID-19 cases and ramp up vaccinations, hoping to spare hospitals from becoming overwhelmed by the pandemic's latest deadly wave of infections.

Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

NEW YORK (AP) — Although Texas no longer requires people to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, customers do need them to enter De J. Lozada's store.

UK to ease lockdown next week, will test vaccine passports

LONDON (AP) — Britain's slow but steady march out of a three-month lockdown remains on track even as coronavirus cases surge elsewhere in Europe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday, as he confirmed that businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week.


Stocks close broadly higher following big job gains in March

Stocks on Wall Street notched broad gains Monday as investors welcomed more signs that the economy is on the path to recovery,

Yellen calls for minimum global corporate income tax

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday urged the adoption of a minimum global corporate income tax, an effort to offset any disadvantages that might arise from the Biden administration's proposed increase in the U.S. corporate tax rate.

ISM survey: U.S. services surge to record high in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. services sector, which employs most Americans, recorded record growth in March as the easing of coronavirus restrictions released pent-up consumer demand.

Corporations gave over $50M to voting restriction backers

WASHINGTON (AP) — When executives from Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines spoke out against Georgia's new voting law as unduly restrictive last week, it seemed to signal a new activism springing from corporate America.

Billionaires John, Laura Arnold to give 5% of wealth yearly

Billionaire philanthropists John and Laura Arnold have committed to donate 5% of their wealth annually as part of an effort to encourage increased, timelier donations to charities.

GameStop finally announces a share sale

Two months after a market phenomenon took shares of GameStop to the moon, the video game retailer said Monday that it will sell up to 3.5 million of its shares with the price still vastly elevated.

SKorea's LG to exit loss-making mobile phone business

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean electronics maker LG said Monday it is getting out of its loss-making mobile phone business to focus on electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence and other products and services.


After new law, McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it's a "big lie" to call the new voting law in Georgia racist and he warned big business to "stay out of politics" after major corporations and even Major League Baseball distanced themselves from the state amid vast public pressure.

No indication officer in Capitol attack was stabbed, shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer killed last week when a man armed with a knife rammed his car into two officers at a barricade outside the Capitol does not appear to have been stabbed, slashed or shot, a police official told The Associated Press on Monday.

Poll: Border woes dent Biden approval on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans disapprove than approve of how President Joe Biden is handling waves of unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and approval of his efforts on larger immigration policy falls short of other top issues — suggesting it could be a weak point for the new administration.

Biden summons public support as GOP bucks infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an appeal to think big, President Joe Biden is promoting his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan directly to Americans, summoning public support to push past the Republicans lining up against the massive effort they sum up as big taxes, big spending and big government.

New to DC, Buttigieg looks to build bridges with Biden plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg was a few weeks into his job as transportation secretary, buried in meetings and preparing for the launch of President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion public works plan, when evening arrived along with a time to try something new in Washington.

Latest attack pushes US Capitol Police further toward crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police are struggling. One officer was killed and another injured when a driver slammed into them at a barricade Friday afternoon. The attack comes after officers were overrun and injured when a violent mob of Trump supporters overran the Capitol on Jan. 6, breaking through insufficient barriers and pushing their way to within steps of lawmakers. One officer died and another killed himself.


Austin Peay names ex-Duke associate James to coach Governors

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Austin Peay has named former Duke associate coach Nate James to his first head coaching job with the Governors.


Khudobin stops 21 as Stars stop Preds' 6-game win streak

NASHVILLE (AP) — Not tested often, Anton Khudobin was there when the Dallas Stars needed him.


Agencies donate $200K to those impacted by Nashville bombing

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service have donated $200,000 to help people whose residence, business or employment was impacted by the Christmas Day bombing.


1M Tennesseans vaccinated against COVID-19

NASHVILLE (AP) — One million Tennesseans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the state's Department of Health announced Thursday.

Rider injured when ejected from Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster

GATLINBURG (AP) — A rider was ejected from a mountain coaster in Tennessee and hospitalized with head, wrist and ankle injuries, according to state officials.


Nashville man sues city over fines, jail from illegal rental

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee man who spent three days in jail for operating a short-term rental unit without a permit is suing the city of Nashville, which he says targeted him because he had been on a reality TV show.


US agency opens 2 safety probes of Volkswagen, Audi vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's road safety agency has opened two investigations into problems with Volkswagen vehicles, including one that alleges serious gasoline leaks under the hood.

CEO of Google's self-driving car spinoff steps down from job

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The executive who steered the transformation of Google's self-driving car project into a separate company worth billions of dollars is stepping down after more than five years on the job.

Auto sales rise 11% in 1Q, Nissan up 65%, GM 46% in March

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. auto sales rose more than 11% in the first quarter, as strong March sales far outpaced last year when coronavirus pandemic began.

Tesla 1Q sales of 185K more than double last year's numbers

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla says it delivered nearly 185,000 electric vehicles in the first quarter despite a shortage of computer chips that has hit the global auto industry.

Biden aims to juice EV sales, but would his plan work?

DETROIT (AP) — Dangling tax credits and rebates in his drive to fight climate change, President Joe Biden wants you to trade your gas-burning car, truck or SUV for a zero-emissions electric vehicle.


Travel rebound: United plans to hire about 300 new pilots

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines said Thursday it plans to hire about 300 pilots, another sign that airlines feel more confident that a recent increase in travel will continue.

Frontier Airlines hopes IPO rides wave of travel recovery

Frontier Airlines is betting that the budding recovery in leisure travel is for real.


Russia fines Twitter for not taking down calls to protest

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Friday fined Twitter for not taking down calls encouraging minors to take part in unauthorized rallies, the latest in a series of moves against the social media giant that has been used to amplify dissent in Russia.


Many still hesitate to get vaccine, but reluctance is easing

So few people came for COVID-19 vaccinations in one county in North Carolina that hospitals there now allow anyone 16 or older to get a shot, regardless of where they live. Get a shot, get a free doughnut, the governor said.

EU nations struggle to full show vaccination solidarity

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is struggling to show complete coronavirus vaccination solidarity among member nations, after a week of negotiations over the distribution of extra doses exposed fissures on Friday.


Global stocks rise; Treasury yields rally after jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in many of the markets worldwide that were open on Good Friday, while Treasury yields rallied after a report showed U.S. employers added hundreds of thousands more jobs last month than economists expected.

US employers add 916,000 jobs in March as hiring accelerates

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen.

Traffic jam eases further in Suez Canal after ship unblocked

CAIRO (AP) — The traffic congestion caused by a cargo ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week continued to ease on Friday, with the number of ships waiting to transit falling to 206, canal services firm Leth Agencies said, from over 300 three days ago.


Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol Police officer was killed Friday after a man rammed a car into two officers at a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. It was the second line-of-duty death this year for a department still struggling to heal from the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Few in GOP rush to defend Gaetz amid sex trafficking probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political peril for conservative Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz deepened Friday as the often outlandish Trump-styled provocateur appeared politically isolated amid a federal sex-trafficking investigation.

Republicans trod well-worn path to court to sue Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — These are busy days for Republican state attorneys general, filing repeated lawsuits that claim President Joe Biden and his administration are overstepping their authority on immigration, climate change, the environment and taxes.

Poll: Majority in US back easier voter registration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' proposals to overhaul voting in the U.S. won solid -- although not overwhelming -- support from Americans in a new survey measuring the popularity of major pieces of the sweeping legislation in Congress.

Christians mark Good Friday amid lingering virus woes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter.


Survey: ADs raise worries about women's college sports

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — To hear many of those in charge of Division I programs tell it, the state of play for women's sports could get worse, not better, under proposals that would put more money in the pockets of some college athletes.


Meharry Medical announces computational sciences school

NASHVILLE (AP) — A historically Black medical college in Nashville is launching a new School of Applied Computational Sciences.


Tennessee GOP pushes gun bill over law enforcement concerns

NASHVILLE (AP) — When Tennessee lawmakers pushed last summer to increase penalties against demonstrators demanding police reform, they did so in the name of supporting law enforcement. But when police advocacy groups asked them not to remove background checks and training requirements for most people seeking to carry a handgun, Republicans in charge at the Capitol were decidedly less responsive.


Supreme Court sides with Facebook in text message dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Facebook in a lawsuit over unwanted text notifications it sent, rejecting a claim that the messages violated the federal ban on robocalls.

Justices uphold FCC's easing of local media ownership limits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld federal regulators' decision to ease ownership limits on local media, rejecting a claim that the change would hurt minority and female ownership.

Supreme Court gives Georgia win in water war with Florida

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Florida's water lawsuit against Georgia on Thursday, ending the long-running legal fight between the two states.


After hack, officials draw attention to supply chain threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is working to draw attention to supply chain vulnerabilities, an issue that received particular attention late last year after suspected Russian hackers gained access to federal agencies and private corporations by sneaking malicious code into widely used software.


US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have authorized two more over-the-counter COVID-19 tests that can be used at home to get rapid results.

WHO: Europe's vaccination program is "unacceptably slow"

LONDON (AP) — European nations' immunization campaigns against COVID-19 are "unacceptably slow" and risk prolonging the pandemic, a senior World Health Organization official said Thursday.

World trade body chief says vaccine inequity 'unacceptable'

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Trade Organization called Thursday for expanded capability in developing countries to manufacture vaccines, saying the gaping imbalance in access to coronavirus vaccines that mostly favors rich, developed countries was unacceptable.

Biden launches community corps to boost COVID vaccinations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to overcome vaccine hesitancy, the Biden administration is unveiling a coalition of community, religious and celebrity partners to promote COVID-19 shots.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A batch of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine failed quality standards and can't be used, the drug giant said Wednesday.

Company at heart of J&J vaccine woes has series of citations

The company at the center of quality problems that led Johnson & Johnson to discard an unknown amount of its coronavirus vaccine has a string of citations from U.S. health officials for quality control problems.

It's cherry blossom season, but DC isn't ready to open up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation's capital are watching the crowds as cherry blossom season begins in earnest.

Medics despair as France's 'third way' virus strategy flails

AMIENS, France (AP) — As France battles a new virus surge that many believe was avoidable, intensive care nurse Stephanie Sannier manages her stress and sorrow by climbing into her car after a 12-hour shift, blasting music and singing as loud as she can.


Mortgage rates remain steady, 30 year loan edges up 3.18%

Mortgage rates were virtually unchanged this week, but signs indicate that the housing market is constrained by higher prices and low inventory.

Construction spending dips 0.8% in February amid bad weather

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in February after several months of steady gains, likely because of unseasonably cold weather and winter storms in the south.


Wall Street closes higher, pushing S&P 500 past 4,000 points

Stocks are closing broadly higher on Wall Street, pushing the S&P 500 past 4,000 points for the first time.

Poll: US economic outlook rises after relief law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Views of the nation's economy are the rosiest they've been since the pandemic began more than a year ago, buoyed by Democrats feeling increasingly optimistic as President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief package is distributed across the country.

Biden's 'Jobs Cabinet' to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden set about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday, deputizing a five-member "jobs Cabinet" to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task was clear as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's vowed to oppose the plan "every step of the way."

Anticipation is building for a boom in US hiring this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — With hopes rising for a powerful rebound in hiring this year, Friday's jobs report for March will provide crucial insight into whether those rosy expectations may prove true.

US factory activity expands at fastest pace since 1983

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers expanded in March at the fastest pace in 37 years, a sign of strengthening demand as the pandemic wanes and government emergency aid flows through the economy.

Safety last: Risky investments soared at start of 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Who needs safety when the world's about to get back to normal?

Saudi minister urges caution on oil production levels

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Saudi Arabia's energy minister took a cautious view of any increase in oil production as members of the OPEC cartel met Thursday with allied non-member countries to decide production levels.

US jobless claims rise to 719K as virus still forces layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 61,000 last week to 719,000, signaling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more businesses reopen, vaccines are increasingly administered and federal aid spreads through the economy.

Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden outlined a huge $2.3 trillion plan Wednesday to reengineer the nation's infrastructure in what he billed as "a once-in-a-generation investment in America" that would undo his predecessor's signature legislative achievement — giant tax cuts for corporations — in the process.

Dems aim for July vote as Congress digs in on infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before President Joe Biden unveiled his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, congressional committees were laying the groundwork for a major public works investment with the goal of passage over the summer.

Analysis: Bumpy road ahead for Biden's infrastructure plan

Infrastructure was a road to nowhere for former presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama. But Joe Biden believes he can use it to drive America to the future after a dozen years of false starts.

Biden plan would spend $16B to clean up old mines, oil wells

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's $2.3 trillion plan to transform America's infrastructure includes $16 billion to plug old oil and gas wells and clean up abandoned mines, a longtime priority for Western and rural lawmakers from both parties.

Bank of Japan 'tankan' survey upbeat over economic recovery

TOKYO (AP) — A closely watched economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows growing optimism as the world's third-largest economy grapples with the damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

Yellen says regulatory panel to look at 2020 market turmoil

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year's coronavirus-triggered market turmoil exposed vulnerable areas in the U.S. economy that need to be addressed by the nation's top-level financial supervisory group, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Wednesday.


Biden to hold first Cabinet meeting amid infrastructure push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's first Cabinet meeting will be used to promote his new infrastructure plan, but the gathering will look very different from those held by his predecessor.

Pelosi: Remove Rep. Gaetz from committee if claims are true

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Matt Gaetz, facing accusations of a sexual relationship with an underage girl, should at a minimum be removed from the House Judiciary Committee if the claims are true, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

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