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BIDEN-100 DAYS-PROMISES — As he rounds out his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden’s focus on reigning in the coronavirus during the early months of his administration seems to have paid off: He can check off nearly all his campaign promises centered on the pandemic. But some issues have proven to be tougher. By Alexandra Jaffe, Aamer Madhani and Kevin Vineys. SENT: 1,890 words, photos, video.

Carey Mulligan arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChris Pizzello, Pool)

OSCARS — Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a wistful portrait of itinerant lives on open roads across the American West, won best picture at the 93rd Academy Awards, where the China-born Zhao became the first woman of color to win best director and a historically diverse group of winners took home awards. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT: 1,370 words, photos, videos. With OSCARS-LIST. Also see MORE ON THE OSCARS below.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK — Michigan has become the current national hotspot for COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations at a time when more than half the U.S. adult population has been vaccinated and other states have seen the virus diminish substantially. Medical professionals point to more contagious variants, the state’s pullback on restrictions to limit crowds and COVID fatigue as reasons for the surge. By Corey Williams, David Eggert and Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-GAZA-SURGE — More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, some of the worst fears are coming true in the crowded Gaza Strip: A sudden surge in infections and deaths is threatening to overwhelm hospitals weakened by years of conflict and border closures. Gaza’s main treatment center for COVID-19 patients warns that oxygen supplies are dwindling fast. In another hospital, coronavirus patients are packed three to a room. By Fares Akram. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

Chloe Zhao, winner of the awards for best picture and director for "Nomadland," poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChris Pizzello, Pool)

TORNADO OUTBREAK-10 YEARS LATER — Waves of tornadoes pummeled the Eastern U.S. over four days in the spring of 2011, killing more than 320 people in six states, including about 250 who died in Alabama on April 27 of that year. A decade has passed, but time has been unable to erase the pain or replace the losses inflicted by the terrifying storms. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

REPUBLICANS-RACIAL POLITICS-ANALYSIS — If the nation is in the midst of a historic reckoning on racism, most leaders of the Republican Party are not participating. And despite fierce criticism from civil rights leaders and growing concern from business leaders who are traditional allies, many Republicans see no problem. By National Political Writer Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.


Producers Peter Spears, from left, Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, Mollye Asher and Dan Janvey, winners of the award for best picture for "Nomadland," pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChris Pizzello, Pool)

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-INDIA FUNERALS-PHOTO GALLERY — Mass funeral pyres reflect India’s COVID crisis. SENT: 270 words, photos.

OSCARS-GLENN-CLOSE-TRIVIA — Glenn Close knows all about “Da Butt” in Oscars’ game. SENT: 290 words, photos.


Maria Bakalova arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP PhotoChris Pizzello, Pool)

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-ITALY — Italy’s gradual reopening after six months of rotating virus lockdowns is satisfying no one: Too cautious for some, too hasty for others. SENT: 570 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-SEASONAL-WORKERS — Hotels, restaurants and other businesses in tourist destinations are warning that hiring challenges during the coronavirus pandemic could force them to pare back operating hours or curtail services just as they’re eyeing a bounce-back summer. SENT: 1,110 words, photos, video.

HONG-KONG-SINGAPORE-AIR-TRAVEL-BUBBLE — Hong Kong and Singapore say they would launch an air travel bubble in May, months after an initial arrangement that would allow tourists to fly between both cities without having to serve quarantine was postponed. SENT: 400 words, photos.




OSCARS-REVIEW — The 93rd Academy Awards wasn’t exactly a movie, but it was a show made for people who love learning about movies. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

OSCARS-BEST-ACTRESS — Frances McDormand won best actress for her performance in “Nomadland,” which also nabbed best picture. SENT: 420 words, photos. With OSCARS-BEST-SUPPORTING-ACTRESS — Youn Yuh-jung wins best supporting actress Academy Award.

OSCARS-BEST ACTOR — Three decades after Anthony Hopkins’ chilling portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter earned a lead-actor Oscar, the role of a man fighting dementia brought him his second trophy. By Television Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 300 words, photos. With OSCARS-SUPPORTING-ACTOR — Daniel Kaluuya wins supporting actor, his first Oscar.

OSCARS-DIRECTOR — Chloé Zhao has made history at the 2021 Academy Awards, becoming the first woman of color to win best director and just the second woman to win the award. By Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. SENT: 530 words, photos, video. With OSCARS-CHINA — Zhao’s Oscars get muted reaction, even censorship in China.

OSCARS-FASHION — Red carpet glam was back at the Oscars with Andra Day and Carey Mulligan shimmering in award-worthy gold and Maria Bakalova among several stars in bright white princess gowns during the pandemic era’s first big parade of fashion. By Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. SENT: 1,170 words, photos, videos.

OSCARS-RACIAL-INJUSTICE — In the opening moments of the Oscars, a time that in more normal years is filled with monologue jokes and lighthearted musical moments, Regina King spoke of suffering and racial injustice. By Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton. SENT: 450 words, photos.


SUPREME COURT-STUDENT SPEECH — Whether public schools can discipline students over something they say off-campus is a question coming before the Supreme Court. SENT: 890 words, photos, video.

BIDEN-FOOD PROGRAM — The Biden administration is expanding a program to feed as many as 34 million school children during the summer months, using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March. UPCOMING: 480 words, photos by 6:15 a.m.


MIDEAST-JERUSALEM EXPLAINER — The holy city of Jerusalem, a tinderbox of competing religious and political claims, has repeatedly triggered bouts of Israeli-Palestinian violence. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA-CONFLICT — Venezuelan security forces operating against Colombian rebels along the nations’ shared border have executed peasants, tortured and arbitrarily arrested people, and prosecuted civilians in military courts, an international monitoring group says. SENT: 660 words.

JAPAN-POLITICS-SUGA — Japan’s ruling party lost all three parliamentary by-elections, loosening Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s grip on power ahead of national elections later this year. SENT: 330 words, photo.

HARRIS-UNITED-NATIONS — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global pandemic. SENT: 340 words, photo.


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