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Here are the top stories for Thursday, April 8th: Biden announces gun control orders; record number of children detained at border; violent unrest in Northern Ireland; nesting Bald Eagles streamed online.
ROBERT BUMSTED: This is AP News Minute. President Joe Biden announcing six new executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence, which he called an epidemic and an international embarrassment. The orders tighten regulations on homemade guns and provide more resources for gun violence prevention but fall short of the sweeping gun control agenda he campaigned on.
At the border, 19,000 unaccompanied children crossing the border were picked up by authorities last month. That's the highest number ever recorded. The surge comes amid an annual uptick in border crossings and as President Biden reverses many of his predecessor's hardline immigration policies.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, police are out in force as violent protests have erupted between UK and Irish loyalists. Bricks and gasoline bombs were thrown over a concrete peace wall overnight Wednesday. Tensions have been inflamed over post-Brexit trade rules and relations between the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing government.
And in Southern California, thousands have been tuning into this webcam to watch a pair of bald eagles take turns warming an egg. The catch? Conservationists say they don't expect the egg to hatch. Bald eagles have made a comeback though in recent years. In 2020, there were more than 300,000 in the lower 48. Robert Bumsted, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.