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US services sector grows for seventh straight month

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, grew for the seventh straight month in December even as coronavirus cases surged through the holidays. The...
Jan. 7, 2021

Wall Street rallies again on Democratic wins, stimulus hopes

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is climbing to new heights again Thursday on expectations that the Democratic sweep of Washington means more stimulus is likely on the way for...
Jan. 7, 2021

US services sector index ticks down to 55.9 reading in November, but it's still expanding

WASHINGTON (AP) — US services sector index ticks down to 55.9 reading in November, but it's still expanding.
Jan. 7, 2021

Teacher trained 56 guide dogs, passed legacy to students

When Marybeth Hearn was 10, she asked her parents if she could train a puppy to become a guide dog. It turned into a lifelong mission. Over more than five...
Jan. 7, 2021

Deadly Norwegian landslide will cost at least $107 million.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A landslide that swept away homes in a residential area north of the Norwegian capital will cost insurance companies at least 900 million kroner ($107 million),...
Jan. 7, 2021

Stocks rise on Wall Street after Congress blesses Biden win

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are getting back to rallying on Wall Street after Congress, in a late-night session, certified Democrat Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. The S&P 500 rose...
Jan. 7, 2021

Brazilian women head to Argentina to avoid abortion ban

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With her 21st birthday fast approaching, Sara left the home she shares with her mother for her first trip on a plane. She didn’t tell...
Jan. 7, 2021

Soldiers burst into Ghana's parliament ahead of swearing-in

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A group of military officers burst onto the floor of Ghana's parliament overnight after an apparent dispute between ruling and opposition party lawmakers ahead of Thursday's...
Jan. 7, 2021

Pakistan court adjourns, no ruling on freeing Pearl's killer

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court adjourned on Thursday without deciding whether to free the man convicted and later acquitted of the 2002 murder of a American journalist Daniel Pearl...
Jan. 7, 2021

Kenya says 1st AstraZeneca vaccine doses to come next month

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s health minister says the country is expected to start receiving 24 million doses next month of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University,...
Jan. 7, 2021

Dutch prosecutors won't investigate scandal-hit tax office

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors declined Thursday to open an investigation into possible discrimination by staff at the country's tax office, saying they found no evidence of criminal...
Jan. 7, 2021

US trade deficit jumps to $68.1 billion in November

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped to $68.1 billion in November as a surge in imports overwhelmed a smaller increase in exports. The November gap between what America...
Jan. 7, 2021

The Latest: Mulvaney says he's quitting after Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election (all times local): 8:35 a.m. President Donald Trump’s former acting White House chief...
Jan. 7, 2021

US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage...
Jan. 7, 2021

Australian agency reviewing data on Vatican money transfers

ROME (AP) — The Australian government’s financial intelligence agency said Thursday it is reviewing its data after questions were raised about its report that $1.8 billion were transferred from the...
Jan. 7, 2021

US trade deficit rises to $68.1 billion in November, reflecting a surge in imports

WASHINGTON (AP) — US trade deficit rises to $68.1 billion in November, reflecting a surge in imports.
Jan. 7, 2021

Pakistan arrests 7 Shiite militants, foils possible attacks

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counter-terrorism police and the country's intelligence agency raided hideouts of an outlawed Shiite militant group in the eastern Punjab province and arrested seven suspects who...
Jan. 7, 2021

Rights group: Tripoli should probe town's 338 missing people

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group on Thursday urged Libya's U.N.-backed government to investigate the fate of hundreds of people missing from a key town near the capital, Tripoli...
Jan. 7, 2021

US jobless claims dip to still-high 787,000 as layoffs remain elevated with economy in grip of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — US jobless claims dip to still-high 787,000 as layoffs remain elevated with economy in grip of virus.
Jan. 7, 2021

The Latest: South Africa buys 1.5 million doses of vaccine

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa says it will import 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to inoculate the country’s health workers. It’s the nation’s first announcement of the purchase of...
Jan. 7, 2021

Pakistan arrests 7 Shiite militants, foil possible attacks

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's counter-terrorism police and the country's intelligence agency raided hideouts of an outlawed Shiite militant group in the eastern Punjab province and arrested seven suspects who...
Jan. 7, 2021

Man facing hate crime in Wisconsin crash found incompetent

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A Mexican American man from Wisconsin charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a...
Jan. 7, 2021

Twitter, Facebook temporarily muzzle Trump after DC violence

All it took for social-media giants Twitter and Facebook to even temporarily bar President Donald Trump from addressing their vast audiences was a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, fueled...
Jan. 7, 2021

Rights group: Tripoli should probe town's missing people

CAIRO (AP) — A rights group Thursday urged Libya's U.N.-backed government to investigate the fate of hundreds of people missing from a key town near the capital, Tripoli. Dozens of...
Jan. 7, 2021

Israeli army: Paralyzed Palestinian shot in self-defense

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Thursday that an internal investigation found soldiers had acted in self-defense during an incident last week in the occupied West Bank in which...
Jan. 7, 2021

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