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 2022-01-13 13:54 

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Fa La La La La! Sandra Boynton has an imprint all her own...

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Boynton's prolific career as an author, cartoonist and songwriter has reached the point where a publisher has formed an imprint dedicated solely to her books. On Thursday, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announc...

 2022-01-13 13:54 

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U.S. jobless claims rise by 23,000 to 230,000...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since mid-November. U.S. jobless claims climbed by 23,000 last week to 230,000, still low by historic standards. The four-week moving av...

 2022-01-13 13:54 

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Wholesale prices jumped record 9.7% in past 12 months...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prices at the wholesale level surged by a record 9.7% in December from a year earlier, with inflation evident at all levels of the U.S. economy. The Labor Department reported Thursday that its producer price index, which measures i...

 2022-01-13 13:54 

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UK government cuts COVID isolation period to 5 days, from 7...

LONDON (AP) — British officials said Thursday the self-isolation period for people in England who test positive for COVID-19 will be reduced from next week to five full days, instead of seven. Health Secretary Sajid Javid also said that early signs ...

 2022-01-13 13:53 

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5 reasons why 'shoulder season' is the best time to travel...

In many ways, travel in 2021 was more challenging than it was in 2020. While demand for travel returned, sufficient hospitality staffing often did not, leading to long waits at airports, hotel check-in desks and restaurants. The eye-catching travel deals ...

 2022-01-13 13:33 

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New year, same feud: UK-EU resume talks on Brexit trade spat...

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called for Britain and the European Union to rebuild their relationship, as she and bloc's top Brexit official met Thursday for talks on a thorny dispute over Northern Ireland trade. Truss and Europ...

 2022-01-13 13:33 

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Sudan security forces fire tear gas at anti-coup protesters...

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Sudanese security forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the capital of Khartoum as thousands took to the streets Thursday against a coup that has plunged the country into grinding deadlock, activists said. The...

 2022-01-13 13:32 

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Lionel Richie to receive Gershwin Prize for pop music...

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lionel Richie will be honored all night long for his musical achievements. The Library of Congress said Thursday that Richie will receive the national library's Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He will be bestowed the prize at...

 2022-01-13 13:32 

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After 8,000 Delta employees infected, airline sees recovery...

Delta Air Lines lost $408 million in the final quarter of 2021, dragged down by a COVID-19 surge that rocked the airline in December, and the carrier predicted Thursday that it will suffer one more quarterly loss before travel perks up in spring and summe...

 2022-01-13 13:32 

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Germany: Syrian official guilty of crimes against humanity...

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A former Syrian secret police officer was convicted by a German court Thursday of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago. Anwar Raslan is the highest-ranking Syrian ...

 2022-01-13 13:31 

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Latvia, Lithuania, Poland rapped over Belarus border methods...

BRUSSELS (AP) — Latvia, Lithuania and Poland continue to use questionable methods to keep out migrants trying to enter from Belarus and are denying access to aid groups trying to help people stuck in border areas, senior U.N. refugee agency and Euro...

 2022-01-13 13:04 

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Russian diplomat leaves open Cuba, Venezuela army deployment...

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday sharply raised the stakes in a showdown with the West over Ukraine, with a top diplomat saying he wouldn't exclude a Russian military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States mount. Dep...

 2022-01-13 12:59 

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UK deputy medical chief Van-Tam to step down in March...

LONDON (AP) — England's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, one of the scientists who led the U.K.'s response to the coronavirus pandemic, will leave his role in March, the government said Thursday. Van-Tam became a household name...

 2022-01-13 12:53 

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EU halts merger of South Korean shipbuilders Daewoo, Hyundai...

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday rejected the merger between South Korean shipbuilders Hyundai and Daewoo, saying a union between two of the world's biggest players in the industry would have given the combined company a global str...

 2022-01-13 12:53 

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Strike paralyzes Lebanon as economic conditions worsen...

BEIRUT (AP) — Schools, universities and many shops were closed in Lebanon on Thursday as a general strike by public transportation and labor unions paralyzed the crisis-hit Mideast nation. Protesters closed the country's major highways as well a...

 2022-01-13 12:32 

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Frustration grows as Dutch Cabinet mulls future of lockdown...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The new Dutch government met Thursday to discuss whether to extend or ease its coronavirus lockdown amid growing anger among owners of businesses that have been shuttered for weeks. The Netherlands has been in a strict ...

 2022-01-13 12:31 

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Russia warns of Cuba, Venezuela deployment if tensions mount...

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat warned on Thursday that a Russian military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela can't be excluded if tensions with the United States mount. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegatio...

 2022-01-13 11:59 

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EXPLAINER: Where does Djokovic's Australian visa saga stand?...

Novak Djokovic was included in the draw for the Australian Open — but he's still waiting to learn if he can stay in the country. All eyes are now on Immigration Minister Alex Hawke, who must decide whether to deport the tennis star, effectively ...

 2022-01-13 11:54 

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Delta loses $408 million; 8,000 employees hit with infection...

Delta Air Lines lost $408 million in the final quarter of 2021, dragged down by a COVID-19 surge that rocked the airline in December, and the carrier predicted Thursday that it will suffer one more quarterly loss before travel perks up in spring and summe...

 2022-01-13 11:53 

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EXPLAINER: How Europe is trying to deal with its gas crisis...

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's natural gas crisis isn't letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are facing expensive bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn't selling gas like it used to. It all raises the ...

 2022-01-13 11:32 

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China defends sweeping maritime claims after US criticism...

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday defended its "historical rights" to virtually the entire South China Sea, following a new U.S. government report saying Beijing's claims are almost entirely invalid. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wen...

 2022-01-13 11:31 

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Sydney man admits gay hate murder of American 32 years ago...

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian man has pleaded guilty to murdering an American mathematician who fell from a Sydney cliff in 1988 in a gay hate crime that was dismissed by police at the time as suicide. Scott White was charged in 2020 with murdering 27...

 2022-01-13 11:31 

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India, Britain launch talks on free trade deal...

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Britain on Thursday launched talks on pursuing a free trade deal that is expected to boost bilateral trade by billions of dollars in one of the most ambitious negotiations to take place after Brexit. Britain's Internat...

 2022-01-13 10:58 

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Biden highlighting federal 'surge' to help weather omicron...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting the federal government's efforts to "surge" military medical personnel to help overwhelmed medical facilities weather the spike in coronavirus cases and staff shortages due to the hig...

 2022-01-13 10:32 

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Detention extended for suspect in 2012 France family slaying...

PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor has extended the detention period for a suspect in custody since Wednesday morning over the 2012 slayings of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the French Alps. Saad al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal and his mother-in-la...

 2022-01-13 10:32 

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UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now...

LONDON (AP) — With varying degrees of enthusiasm, senior British government ministers on Thursday expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country's fi...

 2022-01-13 10:31 

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UAE's Ajman warns of pay cuts for exposure to COVID-19 twice...

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The emirate of Ajman is warning its government employees that they will be penalized for coming into contact for a second time with anyone who has contracted COVID-19, state-linked media in the United Arab Emirates...

 2022-01-13 10:04 

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German court: Syrian man guilty of crimes against humanity...

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — A German court has convicted a former Syrian secret police officer of crimes against humanity for overseeing the abuse of detainees at a jail near Damascus a decade ago. The verdict Thursday in the landmark trial has been kee...

 2022-01-13 09:53 

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World stocks retreat as inflation augurs Fed rate hikes...

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Thursday after the latest report of surging prices in the U.S. appeared to keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates in coming months. London, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai were lower wh...

 2022-01-13 09:32 

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Kazakhstan: Russia-led alliance's troops prepare to pull out...

MOSCOW (AP) — Troops of a Russia-led security alliance were preparing to pull out of Kazakhstan on Thursday, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The withdrawal comes only a week after they were deployed to the ex-Soviet nation on the request of its p...

 2022-01-13 09:32 

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Strike paralyzes Lebanon amid worsening economic conditions...

BEIRUT (AP) — A general strike by public transportation and labor unions paralyzed Lebanon Thursday as the country suffers one of the world's worst economic crises. The move comes as the country's ruling class has done almost nothing to try ...

 2022-01-13 09:05 

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Taiwanese working in Vietnam succumbs to COVID-19...

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC, ) reported on Thursday that a Taiwanese businessman who had been working in Vietnam for some time had died after contracting COVID-19. According to Health Minister Chen Shih-chung ...

 2022-01-13 08:53 

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Ons Jabeur retires from Sydney quarterfinal with back injury...

SYDNEY (AP) — Ons Jabeur was forced to retire hurt in her Sydney Tennis Classic quarterfinals on Thursday, allowing Anett Kontaveit to move through the semifinals. The fourth-seeded Kontaveit advanced when seventh-seeded Jabeur retired with a low ba...

 2022-01-13 08:52 

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Djokovic in Australian Open draw despite visa uncertainty...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic now knows he'll face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first-round of his Australian Open title defense, if he's allowed to play. Djokovic's visa status dominated attention until the momen...

 2022-01-13 08:50 

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Offshore fishing boat accused of slave labor not Taiwan's: Fisheries Agency...

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The Fisheries Agency (FA, ) clarified on Tuesday that offshore fishing boat, "Wasana NO. 66," suspected of withholding its fishermen's wages is a Sri Lankan fishing boat, and is not operated by Taiwanese. The FA...

 2022-01-13 08:32 

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French teachers go on strike over handling of pandemic...

PARIS (AP) — Less than two weeks after the winter term started, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, French teachers are walking out in a nationwide strike organized by teacher's unions t...

 2022-01-13 08:32 

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Tara Lipinski and husband examine 2002 skating scandal...

There's one word that always grabs the world's attention in sports: scandal. Figure skating has had its share — anyone recall Tonya and Nancy in 1994? That one has been examined as often as Nathan Chen nails a quadruple jump. Not so much the...

 2022-01-13 08:32 

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EXPLAINER: How will Australian visa ruling impact Djokovic?...

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — As Novak Djokovic awaits a final decision on whether his visa will be revoked, all eyes have turned to Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke. He has to decide whether he will overturn the decision of a federal jud...

 2022-01-13 08:31 

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Europe gas crisis hinges on cold, high prices luring supply...

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's natural gas crisis isn't letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are getting hit with higher bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn't selling gas like it used to. It all rais...

 2022-01-13 08:00 

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Taiwanese school tricks international students into working as slave laborers...

TAIPEI (The China Post) — It was recently discovered that Chung Chou University of Science and Technology (CCUT, ) had previously admitted international students from Uganda into their programs only to order them to pay off their school debts by wor...

 2022-01-13 07:54 

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Texts, pictures lead to 1st doping case under new US law...

DENVER (AP) — Nigeria's top Olympic medal hopeful was thrilled. The drugs her doctor sent were working. "Eric my body feel so good," Blessing Okagbare said in a text not long after running the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.63 seconds....

 2022-01-13 07:53 

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Raiders QB Derek Carr set for long-awaited playoff debut...

For Derek Carr, the journey to the NFL playoffs has been a long and often frustrating one over his eight seasons as starting quarterback for the Raiders. No quarterback has ever endured as much losing in their first eight seasons as Carr had with only fle...

 2022-01-13 07:37 

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E. Sun Financial Holding goes green with PCAF partnership...

TAIPEI (The China Post) — E.SUN Financial Holding Company (E.SUN FHC, ), the first signatory of "Business Ambition for 1.5C" among banks in Asia, has advanced to joining the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF, ) on Dec. 28, 2...

 2022-01-13 07:35 

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Taiwan chipmaker TSMC says quarterly profit $6 billion...

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the biggest contract manufacturer of processor chips, reported Thursday its quarterly profit rose 16.4% over a year earlier to $6 billion amid surging demand for chips for smartphones and...

 2022-01-13 07:35 

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Djokovic in Australian Open draw as visa saga continues...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic remained in limbo even after he was included in the draw for the Australian Open on Thursday, with the tennis star still awaiting a government decision on whether to deport him for not being vaccinated for ...

 2022-01-13 07:34 

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Italy marks 10 years since deadly Costa Concordia shipwreck...

GIGLIO, Italy (AP) — Italy on Thursday is marking the 10th anniversary of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster with a daylong commemoration that will end with a candlelit vigil marking the moment the ship slammed into a reef and then capsized of...

 2022-01-13 07:33 

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Shanahan, Quinn bring painful past to 49ers-Cowboys meeting...

Kyle Shanahan and Dan Quinn will always share the painful memory of coaching in the Super Bowl together with Atlanta five years ago when the Falcons couldn't hold a 25-point lead in the second half of a loss to New England. At least now the San Franci...

 2022-01-13 07:33 

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UK virus hunting labs seek to bolster global variant network...

LONDON (AP) — The air conditioners hum constantly in the lab at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, countering the heat thrown off by rows of high-tech sequencing machines that work seven days a week analyzing the genetic material of COVID-19 cases from ...

 2022-01-13 07:32 

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Beijing organizers say met plan to popularize winter sports...

BEIJING (AP) — A key concern when Beijing was bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games was the lack of a strong winter sports tradition in the country. Organizers countered by pointing to the vast potential for growth, and now say they more tha...

 2022-01-13 07:31 

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South Korea gets first supply of Pfizer's COVID-19 pills...

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Thursday received its first supply of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pills to treat patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Health officials have described the Paxlovid pills as a potentially important tool...

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