Stories by Mitchell Bonds

Israelis gather for Passover, celebrating freedom from virus

JERUSALEM — A year ago, Giordana Grego’s parents spent Passover at home in Israel, alone but grateful that they had escaped the worst of the pandemic in Italy. This year, the whole family got together to mark the Jewish feast of liberation and deliverance from the pandemic.

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

MEXICO CITY — The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, making 2020 a bad year for the butterflies.

Biden declares ‘America is back’ in welcome words to allies

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden used his first address before a global audience Friday to declare that “America is back, the transatlantic alliance is back,” after four years of a Trump administration that flaunted its foreign policy through an “America First” lens.

FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot

WASHINGTON — The FBI warned law enforcement agencies ahead of last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol about the potential for extremist-driven violence, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, contradicting earlier statements that they were caught off guard by the assault by supporters of President Donald Trump.

GOP torn over Trump’s Electoral College challenge of Biden

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s extraordinary challenge of his election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden is becoming a defining moment for the Republican Party before next week’s joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College results.

Island Life: Glowing from vog

The return of vog, thanks to Sunday’s Kilauea eruption, renders Kona’s Monday sunset in shades of fire. (Bob Viggers/Community contributor)

Trump pardons 15, commutes 5 sentences, including GOP allies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned 15 people, including a pair of congressional Republicans who were strong and early supporters, a 2016 campaign official ensnared in the Russia probe and former government contractors convicted in a 2007 massacre in Baghdad.