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Reemployment bonus idea advanced by NC Senate committee

RALEIGH, N.C. — With employers struggling to fill positions as post-pandemic restrictions end, North Carolina state senators advanced a proposal Wednesday giving $1,500 bonuses to unemployment benefit recipients who return to work this summer.

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

NEW YORK — Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity to the negotiations.

How to plan advanced care

LIHUE — Wilcox Medical Center is hosting free advance-care planning sessions and to talk with family, friends and health-care providers regarding their preferences about medical treatment if they ever become unable to speak for themselves.

US deploys advanced anti-missile system in Israel

The U.S. has deployed a highly advanced missile defense system in Israel for the first time, the American and Israeli militaries announced Monday, reflecting their shared concerns about Iran’s development of powerful missiles.

KIF announces football All-Stars

LIHU‘E — Waimea High School’s Kameron Apilado, who carried the ball 11 times for 73 yards on Saturday during Waimea’s 13-10 edge over Roosevelt at Hanapepe Stadium, was named to the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation Football All-Stars roster as the Offensive Player of the Year.

Biden goal to get U.S.-China communications back to normal

SAN FRANCISCO — President Joe Biden said on the eve of his much-anticipated meeting with China’s Xi Jinping that his goal for the talks is simply to try to get U.S.-Chinese communications back on stable ground after a tumultuous year.

First-of-a-kind nuclear project is terminated

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A project to build a first-of-a-kind small modular nuclear reactor power plant was terminated Wednesday, another blow to the Biden administration’s clean energy agenda following cancellations last week of two major offshore wind projects.