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Senate and House to enter negotiations on capital gains tax

Associated Press

The Washington Senate on Thursday refused to concur with changes the House made to a measure to create a new tax on capital gains, which means lawmakers from each chamber will start negotiations to see if they can reach a deal before the legislative session ends Sunday.

In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, a health care worker receives a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a hospital in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa has suspended giving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a "precautionary measure" following the FDA decision in the United States to pause the use of the vaccine while very rare blood clot cases are examined. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

CDC investigating woman's death after J&J vaccine, Oregon says

- Associated Press 43 minutes ago

Oregon health officials said Thursday that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19.

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Tracy Stone-Manning, left, is named by Gov.-elect Steve Bullock to run the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, in Helena, Mont. Stone-Manning has been nominated by President Joe Biden to lead an agency that oversees about a quarter-billion acres of public lands in western states. (AP Photo/Matt Gouras, File)

Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

- Associated Press

President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally-owned land in western states - the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy production from public reserves.

Feds report Texas woman with clots after getting J&J vaccine

Associated Press

Federal health officials have informed state officials that a Texas woman has been hospitalized with possible blood clots associated with Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recipients, a state spokesman said Thursday.

FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows Tiehm's buckwheat blooming at Rhyolite Ridge in the Silver Peak Range of Western Nevada. A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight of a proposed lithium mine in Nevada. Conservationists say the rare order issued Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Las Vegas underscores the critical condition of the Tiehm's buckwheat they say is on the brink of extinction. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP, File)

Judge sets deadline for rare Nevada plant-listing decision

- Associated Press

A federal judge has given the Fish and Wildlife Service just 30 more days to make an overdue decision on whether to formally propose endangered species protection for a rare desert wildflower at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine in Nevada.

Crow Tribe to approve cannabis ordinance in Montana

Associated Press

A Native American tribe in Montana is expected to enter the cannabis industry after approving an ordinance last week to oversee its own cultivation and sale of marijuana, and benefit from the revenue.

Board: districts must pay for 3 to attend religious schools

Associated Press

Citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision that says states can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, the Vermont State Board of Education has decided that the school districts of three students must pay the tuition for them to attend religious schools as part of a state tuition benefit that they were denied.

South Carolina Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Murrells Inlet, shows fellow lawmakers he shaved off his beard on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Goldfinch offered to shave if senators could reach a compromise on a bill about state-owned utility Santee Cooper. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

SC Senate OKs Santee Cooper reform bill without sale option

- Associated Press

The South Carolina Senate approved a bill Thursday that would turn over almost the entire board of power company Santee Cooper, but it doesn't seek new bids to sell the state-owned utility.

Airlines waiting for word from Boeing on fixing Max planes

- Associated Press

More than 100 new Boeing 737 Max jetliners remain grounded by problems with an electrical issue in some components, and airlines are waiting for Boeing to come up with a plan for repairing the planes.

FILE - Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for "Parasite" from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Kang-Ho Song and Kwak Sin Ae. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Oscar slate holds 'firsts' for Asian actors, filmmakers

- Associated Press

It may be hard to believe that there are still many “firsts” left to check off after 93 years of the Academy Awards, and yet this year there were a handful for Asian actors and filmmakers.