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 2022-01-19 14:55 

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Biden to highlight progress, ask for patience over setbacks...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will try to talk anxious Americans through the challenges of delivering on his lengthy to-do list as he holds a rare news conference to mark his first year in office and asks for patience with recen...

 2022-01-19 14:54 

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South African president launches vaccine manufacturing plant...

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new vaccine manufacturing facility that he says will boost the country's capacity to make its own inoculations for diseases including COVID-19. The plant in Cape Town &mdas...

 2022-01-19 14:54 

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December marks 3rd straight month of growth for US builders...

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Construction of new homes in the U.S. rose for the third consecutive month in December and data released Wednesday suggests that the frantic pace of building will continue this year. The December increase puts home construc...

 2022-01-19 14:53 

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Morgan Stanley profits climb 9% on asset management business...

NEW YORK (AP) — Investment bank Morgan Stanley said its fourth-quarter profits rose 9% from a year ago, helped by a big jump in fee revenue from its growing asset and wealth management business. The investment banking division also boosted results, ...

 2022-01-19 14:53 

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Wall St recovers some losses day after hitting year's low...

TOKYO (AP) — Stocks are recovering some of their losses Wednesday after hitting a low for the year a day earlier. The S&P 500 is up 0.6% in the first minutes of trading, while the Nasdaq Composite is up 0.8% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is u...

 2022-01-19 14:52 

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AP source: Nuggets to get Forbes from Spurs in 3-team trade...

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have agreed to acquire veteran wing player Bryn Forbes from San Antonio as part of a three-team deal that also includes Boston, a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. The Nugget...

 2022-01-19 14:34 

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Heavy rains in Madagascar cause flooding in capital, 10 dead...

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Heavy rains in Madagascar have flooded parts of the capital city, Antananarivo, killing 10 people and making more than 12,000 homeless, officials said Wednesday. With the rains continuing and a possible cyclone approa...

 2022-01-19 14:33 

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U. of Michigan reaches $490M settlement over sexual abuse...

The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually assaulted by a former sports doctor at the school, those involved in the agreement said Wednesday. Attorney Parker Stinar said that 1,050...

 2022-01-19 14:33 

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Ford recalls 200K cars because brake lights can stay on...

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 200,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off. The recall covers certain 2014 and 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars as well as some 2015 Mustangs. All wer...

 2022-01-19 14:32 

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US home construction rises third straight month in December...

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Construction of new homes in the U.S. rose for the third consecutive month in December and data released Wednesday suggests that the frantic pace of building will continue this year. The December increase puts home construc...

 2022-01-19 14:32 

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US senior diplomats in Sudan to try resolve post-coup crisis...

CAIRO (AP) — Two senior U.S. diplomats were in Sudan Wednesday to try and help find a way out of the ongoing crisis roiling the African country since an October military coup. The Oct. 25 military takeover upended Sudan's transition to democrati...

 2022-01-19 14:31 

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UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave 'has peaked'...

LONDON (AP) — Face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and schools in England and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in large parts of the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wed...

 2022-01-19 14:06 

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Jewish leaders renew antisemitism fight after hostage case...

Although the FBI initially said the man who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was focused on an issue "not specifically related to the Jewish community," the captor voiced beliefs that Jews controlled the world and had the power to arr...

 2022-01-19 14:06 

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UN agency: Palestinians in crisis-hit Lebanon need funds...

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.N. agency appealed Wednesday to the international community to donate tens of millions of dollars to help improve living conditions for Palestinians in crisis-hit Lebanon. The appeal by the agency for Palestinian refugees, or UNRWA...

 2022-01-19 14:05 

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Army Corps of Engineers gets $14B to help ease supply chains...

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced the release of $14 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers to fund 500 projects, with a focus on easing supply chain problems and addressing climate change. The spending stems largely from President Joe Biden...

 2022-01-19 14:04 

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German leader champions new tack on climate at Davos event...

GENEVA (AP) — New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called Wednesday for a "paradigm shift" in the way the world approaches climate policy, saying his country would leverage its presidency of the Group of Seven industrial nations this year to pu...

 2022-01-19 14:04 

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EU to subtract millions from funds to Poland over coal mine...

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union is starting the process to deduct millions of euros from payments to Poland in order to cover fines imposed on Warsaw for ignoring a court injunction to close down a coal mine, an official said Wednesday. The...

 2022-01-19 14:03 

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Review: Bride saved from a brutal husband in 'The Runaway'...

"The Runaway" by Nick Petrie (G.P. Putnam's Sons) Long haul trucker Roy Wiley is handsome and charming, so when he stops at a gas station in dreary Coldwater, Montana, the lonely 19-year-old girl working behind the counter begs him to take her...

 2022-01-19 13:59 

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UK's Johnson defies calls to quit as ouster bid gathers pace...

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent his Conservative Party's lawmakers from trying to oust him over a string of loc...

 2022-01-19 13:59 

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Pope on prisons: No inmate should ever be deprived of hope...

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a plea on behalf of prison inmates Wednesday, saying they should never be deprived of hope and always be given the opportunity to redeem themselves. In remarks at his weekly public audience at the Vatican, Fra...

 2022-01-19 13:33 

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Irish police arrest 2nd man in teacher's murder probe...

LONDON (AP) — Police in Ireland said Wednesday they have arrested a second man as part of the investigation into the killing of a 23-year-old schoolteacher. Police said the suspect, who is in his 30s, was being questioned at a police station in rela...

 2022-01-19 13:33 

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Dutch cultural sector protests pandemic lockdown measures...

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam's Concertgebouw orchestra played second fiddle Wednesday to a pair of hairdressers. Vincent van Gogh's self-portraits were briefly upstaged by a nail salon and barber as civil disobedience to protest the Dutch coro...

 2022-01-19 13:32 

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UK consumer prices rise at fastest pace in almost 30 years...

LONDON (AP) — Consumer prices in the United Kingdom have risen at the fastest pace in almost 30 years as higher costs for energy, transportation, food and furniture squeezed household incomes. Inflation accelerated to 5.4% in the 12 months through D...

 2022-01-19 13:32 

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Russia says it will take nothing less but NATO expansion ban...

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia maintained a tough posture amid the tensions over its troop buildup near Ukraine, with a top diplomat warning Wednesday that Moscow will accept nothing less but "watertight" U.S. guarantees precluding NATO's expansio...

 2022-01-19 13:31 

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French actor Gaspard Ulliel hospitalized after ski accident...

LYON, France (AP) — French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, has been hospitalized after a ski accident in the Alps, according to the regional prosecutor's office. Ulliel portra...

 2022-01-19 13:04 

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France's Macron calls for EU plan to ease Russia tensions...

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called Wednesday on the European Union to quickly draw up a new security plan containing proposals to help ease tensions with Russia, as concern mounts that Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

 2022-01-19 12:54 

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Major airlines cancel, change flights to US over 5G dispute...

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they're using Wednesday, the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that 5G mobile phone service could interfere w...

 2022-01-19 12:54 

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Blinken urges unity to fight 'relentless' Russian aggression...

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged western nations Wednesday to remain united in the face of what he called "relentless" Russian aggression against Ukraine and reassured Ukraine's leader of their support. B...

 2022-01-19 12:53 

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Emerging talents in spotlight at hybrid Paris Fashion Week...

PARIS (AP) — A spattering of Paris Fashion Week menswear shows began in earnest this week for the fall-winter season, as French government restrictions have seen many relegated to an online-only presence. Those brands which chose to maintain physica...

 2022-01-19 12:52 

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The Latest: Alexander Zverev into 3rd round in Australia...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev advanced to the third round at the Australian Open and continued a streak at Grand Sl...

 2022-01-19 12:04 

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UK's Johnson faces Parliament as ouster bid gathers steam...

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a grilling from opponents in Parliament on Wednesday — and a more worrying threat from his own party's restive lawmakers, dozens of whom are plotting to oust him over a string of loc...

 2022-01-19 11:55 

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Hungary opposition leader tests positive for COVID-19...

BUDPAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leader of Hungary's political opposition said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 amid a surge in cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Peter Marki-Zay, an independent conservative...

 2022-01-19 11:54 

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Greece boosts air force with advanced French jet fighters...

TANAGRA, Greece (AP) — French-built fighter jets roared Wednesday over the Acropolis as Greece races to modernize its military and flaunts new security alliances aimed at checking neighboring Turkey. Six advanced Rafale jets, purchased from the Fren...

 2022-01-19 11:54 

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Edmunds: The hottest cars to look out for in 2022...

The chip and supply chain shortages of 2021 have been difficult for automakers and consumers alike. But something positive has emerged from the chaos for 2022: more new car introductions. Among other things, the shortage forced many brands to delay the re...

 2022-01-19 11:53 

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Optum again a big revenue driver for UnitedHealth in 2021...

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — UnitedHealth Group posted strong fourth-quarter earnings led by double-digit growth in its Optum division. The largest U.S. health insurer posted fourth quarter net income on Wednesday of $4.07 billion, or $4.26. Removing on...

 2022-01-19 11:53 

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Impoverished Lebanese, Syrians struggle to survive cold...

BEIRUT (AP) — A snowstorm in the Middle East has left many Lebanese and Syrians scrambling to find ways to survive, burning old clothes, plastic and in some cases even sheep manure to keep warm as temperatures plummet and poverty soars. The storm, d...

 2022-01-19 11:52 

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McIlroy to take aspects of Woods' game to improve in 2022...

Rory McIlroy made it something of a ritual to write his goals for the season on the back of his boarding pass on the flight to the Middle East for his first tournament of the year. Gone, though, are the days when he might jot down the name and number of t...

 2022-01-19 11:33 

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Indonesian militant gets 15 years in jail over Bali attacks...

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Islamic militant who eluded capture for 18 years was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Wednesday after an Indonesian court found him guilty of hiding information about the 2002 Bali bombings from authorities and harbori...

 2022-01-19 11:33 

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Doctor goes on trial in Germany accused of torture in Syria...

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany began hearing a case Wednesday against a Syrian doctor accused of crimes against humanity for torturing and killing inmates at a government-run prison and two military hospitals in his home country. Federal prosecuto...

 2022-01-19 11:32 

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3 dead, others injured in Wisconsin apartment building blaze...

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Three people have died as a result of a fire at a senior apartment building in southeastern Wisconsin that also injured several others, officials said. Kenosha Fire Chief Christopher Bigley said in a statement Tuesday the entire...

 2022-01-19 11:32 

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WHO counts 18 million virus cases last week as omicron slows...

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases globally rose by 20% last week to more than 18 million, marking a slowdown in the surge caused by the omicron variant's spread, according to the World Health Organization. In its weekly report on...

 2022-01-19 11:31 

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Bulgarian president takes oath of office for second term...

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev took the oath of office Wednesday for his second term. Radev, who is the country's fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in parliament together with Vice Preside...

 2022-01-19 10:59 

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Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the omicron variant of COVID-19 over cl...

 2022-01-19 10:58 

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Slovakia imposes COVID restrictions to get ready for omicron...

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia on Wednesday limited access to what the government considers the most risky events and public gatherings as the country gets ready for the highly infectious omicron coronavirus variant. To attend weddings, partie...

 2022-01-19 10:54 

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Explosion in Turkey shuts down key Iraq oil pipeline...

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An explosion has shut down a pipeline in southeastern Turkey that carries oil from Iraq to world markets, officials and news reports said. The blast late Tuesday near the town of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras province caused a huge...

 2022-01-19 10:54 

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COVID contact means Michel can't be at EU parliament session...

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday became the second top-level European Union official who has had to pull out of the bloc's parliament session because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coron...

 2022-01-19 10:53 

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The Latest: Osaka advances to 3rd round at Australian Open...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Defending champion Naomi Osaka has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Madison Brengl...

 2022-01-19 10:52 

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Osaka, Barty advance toward Australian Open showdown...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For the first set, Naomi Osaka's rediscovered love of the game meant it was anything but fun for Madison Brengle in the third round of the Australian Open. The defending champion conceded only four points in the first...

 2022-01-19 10:05 

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Turkey's deal with UAE to build foreign exchange reserves...

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to a currency swap deal equivalent to $4.74 billion to boost Turkey's depleted foreign exchange reserves, the Turkish central bank announced Wednesday. Under the agreement rea...

 2022-01-19 10:05 

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Japan widens virus curbs, including in Tokyo, as cases surge...

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan will face new COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as omicron cases hit a record high in the capital. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced ...

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