Biden’s ‘jobs Cabinet’ to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is setting about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task is clear after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vowed to oppose the plan “every step of the way.”

Accused embezzler to be extradited to California

A 60-year-old Mountain View man accused of embezzling $300,000 from his former employer in Southern California is in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, awaiting extradition back to Los Angeles County.

Training exercises to increase at Pohakuloa

The Army said in a Friday statement training exercises will increase gradually at Pohakuloa Training Area and will involve the Army and Marine Corps with almost 1,000 troops on the ground by the end of the month.

Train hits truck that slid onto track in Taiwan, killing 51

HUALIEN COUNTY, Taiwan — A train barreled into an unmanned truck that had rolled onto the track Friday in Taiwan, leaving at least 51 people dead and dozens injured in the island’s deadliest rail disaster. Many passengers were crushed, while some survivors were forced to climb out of windows and walk along the train’s roof to safety.

Christians mark Good Friday, Holy Week under virus woes

JERUSALEM — Christians in the Holy Land marked Good Friday without the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the days leading up to Easter because of the coronavirus, and worshippers in many other predominantly Christian countries where the virus is still raging observed their second annual Holy Week with tight restrictions on gatherings.

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

WASHINGTON — 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.

Israel’s dilemma: Can the unvaccinated return to workplaces?

JERUSALEM — After spending much of the past year in lockdown, Tel Aviv makeup artist Artyom Kavnatsky was ready to get back to work. But when he showed up for a recent photo shoot, his employer turned him away. The reason? He had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Tropical Gardening: Celebrate Easter with a gift of life

Easter reminds us that life is a cycle of what appears to be death and rebirth. In cooler climates, it is what we learn by observing plants that go dormant in the winter only to sprout anew in the spring. Bulbs are examples.