April 30, 2021

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  • A stampede at a religious festival in Israel has killed dozens of people. AP is covering the latest developments in one of the country’s deadliest civilian disasters.
  • As India’s staggering virus numbers rise, scientists are urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release data on sequencing, testing and vaccines.
  • And in the U.S., resistance to making President Joe Biden’s proposed child tax credit permanent shows that even in a White House that embraces big government, there are some limits.


  • Disneyland reopens in California after 13-month closure
  •  3 quarterbacks dominate early picks in NFL draft
  •  Swing-state voters assess Biden’s first 100 days



Southern Europe News Director

The Associated Press


The Rundown

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli rescue service says a total of 44 people have been killed in a stampede at a religious festival in northern Israel. Motti Bukchin, spokesman for the Zaka ambulance service, confirmed the death toll in an interview on…Read More

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden couldn’t get everything he wanted into his own $1.8 trillion families plan. His proposed child tax credit is set to expire after 2025. It would provide parents with $300 a month for each child under 6 and $…Read More

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NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases climbed again Friday, prompting the army to open up its hospitals in a desperate bid to control a massive humanitarian crisis created by an acute shortage of beds, medicines and oxygen. With 386,452 ne…Read More

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Four months ago, America’s most populous state was struggling to combat a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations that packed patients into outdoor tents and killed hundreds of people each day. On Friday, Disneyland, Califo…Read More

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After 20 years, America is ending its “forever war” in Afghanistan. Announcing a firm withdrawal deadline, President Joe Biden cut through the long debate, even within the U.S. military, over whether the time was righ…Read More


No suspense at the top of this NFL draft: Quarterback, quarterback and, yep, quarterback. With fans in attendance, prospects on hand and Commissioner Roger Goodell dispensi…Read More

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For most of this month, intensive care units across Brazil were at or near capacity amid a crush of COVID-19 patients, and sedatives needed to intubat…Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family and representatives of Black men slain by the police met with senators and White House officials Thursday — and left optimistic that police ref…Read More

ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Standing on the sidelines of her son’s soccer practice in this upscale suburb , Laura Hahn looked skyward for answers when asked how she would rate P…Read More