Can monthly cash payments cut child poverty by nearly half?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The check won’t arrive until mid-July, but Katrina Peters already knows what she’ll do with her Child Tax Credit payments. The 20-year-old mother of three applied to work as a driver with a food delivery app, and the extra cash is earmarked for repairing, registering and insuring her car.

Restrictions reimposed as virus resurges in much of Asia

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taxi drivers are starved for customers, weddings are suddenly canceled, schools are closed and restaurant service is restricted throughout much of Asia as the coronavirus makes a resurgence in countries where it seemed to be well under control.

Congress OKs bill to fight hate crimes vs. Asian Americans

WASHINGTON — Congress approved legislation Tuesday intended to curtail a striking rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, sending President Joe Biden a bipartisan denunciation of the spate of brutal attacks that have proliferated during the coronavirus pandemic.

AP source: US encouraging Israel to wind down Gaza offensive

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and administration officials have encouraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials to wind down the bombardment of Gaza, a person with knowledge of the discussions said Tuesday, as the Israeli and Palestinian death tolls mounted and pressure grew on Biden to move more forcefully to stop the fighting.

Israel, Gaza violence overshadows Biden’s domestic plans

DEARBORN, Mich. — President Joe Biden’s efforts to spotlight his big infrastructure plans are suddenly being overshadowed by the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians, the conflict sparking protests during his visit to a Ford electric vehicle center in Michigan on Tuesday as the White House faced growing pressure to intervene.

Palestinians go on strike as Israel-Hamas fighting rages

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinians throughout Israel and the occupied territories went on strike in a rare collective protest Tuesday as Israeli missiles toppled a building in Gaza and militants in the Hamas-ruled territory fired dozens of rockets that killed two people.

Dump Trump? Kicking him off NYC golf course may not be easy

NEW YORK — Donald Trump has a rich history of fighting back when he’s down and making others pay, and that’s exactly how he intends to deal with New York City over its plans to fire his company from running a windswept city golf course in the Bronx.

In devotion to Trump, House GOP taps Stefanik for a top post

WASHINGTON — House Republicans elevated Rep. Elise Stefanik to a leadership post Friday, highlighting how the party whose lodestar has long been conservative policies increasingly views allegiance to Donald Trump as its indispensable key to electoral success.