Reopening hurdles linger for schools, despite rescue funding

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The latest federal coronavirus relief package includes $81 billion that began flowing to states this week with the goal of helping schools reopen quickly — with one obstacle being that many of the districts’ problems can’t be solved by money.

German mother of 11 kids fights virus with discipline, love

EISEMROTH, Germany — One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Katja Heimann, a mother of 11, is still trying to keep her spirits up — despite several lockdowns and months of homeschooling seven of her children. The secret of her success, she says: structured daily routines, patience and love.

Colorado shooting suspect passed check in legal gun purchase

BOULDER, Colo. — The suspect in the Colorado supermarket shootings bought a firearm at a local gun store after passing a background check, and he also had a second weapon with him that he didn’t use in the attack that killed 10 people this week, authorities and the gun store owner said Friday.

Alabama, Georgia pick up the pieces after deadly tornadoes

NEWNAN, Ga. — Chainsaws buzzed through fallen trees, stunned residents dug in the rubble that had been their homes, and neighbors rushed in to help on Friday after multiple tornadoes ripped a path of devastation across the Deep South. At least five people were killed.

Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is including rivals Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration, an event the U.S. hopes will help shape, speed up and deepen global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, administration officials told The Associated Press.

Aid groups call on Biden to develop plans to share vaccines

WASHINGTON — A coalition of nongovernmental organizations is calling on President Joe Biden to immediately begin developing plans to share an expected surplus of hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses with the world, once U.S. demand for shots is met.

Affirming human rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council is a flawed body, but shaping the world’s perspective on human rights is one of the most consequential roles a nation can pursue.

Listen to workers on COVID-19

One of us (Alejandro) nearly died from carbon monoxide poisoning while working as a janitor and now spends his days on street corners in Houston helping day laborers protect themselves on the job. The other (Michael) spent a career enforcing federal labor laws, including those intended to assure workers return home from their job with life and limb intact.