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 2021-01-28 12:32 

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Strong US sales give McDonald's a boost in 4Q...

McDonald's ended 2020 on a strong note, recovering nearly all of the global sales lost in the pandemic despite a resurgent virus. U.S. sales were a big contributor, pumped up by new menu items like spicy Chicken McNuggets and celebrity collaborations....

 2021-01-28 12:32 

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Yemen's central bank dismisses UN corruption allegations...

CAIRO (AP) - Yemen's central bank dismissed United Nations allegations that the Yemeni government misused millions of dollars donated by Saudi Arabia to buy essential commodities for the Yemeni people A report by a panel of U.N. experts released to th...

 2021-01-28 12:31 

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Pakistan court charges TV mogul in real estate purchase case...

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistani court on Thursday indicted the owner and editor-in-chief of the country's largest independent group of newspapers and television stations along with two former government officials in a decades-old case related to a...

 2021-01-28 12:27 

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UK PM Johnson faces criticism over Scotland trip in lockdown...

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced accusations Thursday that he is not abiding by the country's lockdown rules as he visited Scotland to laud the rapid rollout of coronavirus vaccines across the United Kingdom. With a raft of pol...

 2021-01-28 12:26 

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Greek students, teachers defy weeklong ban on protests...

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Thousands of students and teachers in Greece held demonstrations in Athens and second-largest city Thessaloniki on Thursday against proposed education reforms, defying a weeklong public ban on protests imposed as part of measures to ...

 2021-01-28 12:26 

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Topeka hospital board, fundraisers get vaccine shots early...

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Members of the Stormont Vail Health board and its fundraising board received COVID-19 vaccinations during the first phase of the Kansas vaccination rollout, which was intended for people at greater risk for infection, hospital official...

 2021-01-28 12:23 

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1 dead, another injured in Milwaukee apartment fire...

MILWAUKEE (AP) - One person has died and another has been injured in an apartment building fire on Milwaukee's near south side early Thursday, according to a battalion chief on the scene. Battalion Chief Travis Jones tells WTMJ-TV that 30 to 40 tenant...

 2021-01-28 12:23 

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Fans or no fans? Tokyo Olympic organizers still mum...

TOKYO (AP) - One of the biggest unanswered questions about the Tokyo Olympics deals with fans. Will there be any from abroad? And will fans of any sort be allowed in outdoor stadiums or smaller indoor arenas? "Naturally, we are looking into many diffe...

 2021-01-28 12:09 

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Africa secures another 400 million COVID-19 vaccine doses...

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Another 400 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been secured for the African continent through the Serum Institute of India, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. With the new doses, on top of the 2...

 2021-01-28 12:06 

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Man sentenced to 3 decades in prison for fatal beatings...

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A man with a history of mental illness has been sentenced to serve more than three decades in prison for killing a woman and her adult son in Otter Tail County. A judge earlier rejected William Hillman's mental illness defen...

 2021-01-28 11:57 

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Search is on for Miami inmate released from jail by mistake...

MIAMI (AP) - Authorities are searching for a 52-year-old inmate who was mistakenly released from jail in Miami. Eduardo Cabana was freed "in error" on Monday, which was also his birthday, the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department sa...

 2021-01-28 11:41 

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Patriarch: Pope to meet Iraqi Shiite leader Sistani in Iraq...

ROME (AP) - Iraq's top Catholic official said Thursday that a deadly suicide bombing in Baghdad hasn't thwarted Pope Francis' plans to visit, and he confirmed the pontiff would meet with the country's top Shiite cleric, Ali al-Sistani, in ...

 2021-01-28 11:40 

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Russia detains Alexei Navalny's allies, warns social networks...

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Thursday detained several allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and issued warnings to social media giants after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in over 100 Russian cities last weekend to dem...

 2021-01-28 11:28 

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Rare 72-year-old Scotch whisky to be auctioned in Hong Kong...

HONG KONG (AP) - A 72-year-old bottle of Glen Grant single malt whisky from Scotland is expected to fetch more than $38,000 in an auction in Hong Kong on Friday. It is the first time that the 1948 Glen Grant whisky, by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhai...

 2021-01-28 11:20 

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Top public defender elected judge after protest arrest...

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia public defender who had been accused of vandalizing a Confederate monument is now a Circuit Court judge. Portsmouth's chief public defender Brenda Spry's judicial appointment was approved Tuesday by the Virginia l...

 2021-01-28 11:17 

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Newark public safety director to retire in March...

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The public safety director of New Jersey's largest city is retiring after serving Newark for 34 years. Anthony Ambrose will step down March 31 from the post that he's held since 2016, Mayor Ras Baraka announced on Wednesday Amb...

 2021-01-28 11:14 

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EXPLAINER: How experts will hunt for COVID origins in China...

BEIJING (AP) - After a two-week quarantine, the real work can begin. Maybe. A World Health Organization team of researchers emerged from their hotel Thursday for the first time since their arrival in the central Chinese city of Wuhan to start searching fo...

 2021-01-28 11:09 

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Iran says production of enriched uranium exceeds goals...

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran has exceeded 17 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium within a month's time, state TV reported Thursday, moving its nuclear program closer to weapons-grade enrichment levels amid heightened tensions with the U.S. Parliament Speake...

 2021-01-28 10:59 

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India says China ties at crossroads amid border standoff...

NEW DELHI (AP) - India on Thursday said its relationship with China is at a crossroads with the months-old military standoff in mountainous border areas profoundly disturbing the ties. "Peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the basis for the d...

 2021-01-28 10:59 

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Czech brewer Budvar hits record as people drink more at home...

PRAGUE (AP) - Budvar, the Czech brewer that has been in a long legal dispute with U.S. giant Anheuser-Busch over use of the "Budweiser" brand, increased output to a record last year, when the pandemic saw people drink less in bars and more at home...

 2021-01-28 10:48 

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Ex-Jersey City payroll clerks admits inflating hours...

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former Jersey City Recreation Department clerk has admitted stealing approximately $80,000 by inflating hours for certain relatives and associates. Angela Rivera, 41, of Jersey City, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful ...

 2021-01-28 10:45 

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Chinese singer says mother's bribery charge dismissed...

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - A Chinese-Canadian singer says a Chinese corruption charge against her mother, who has been held in custody for six years, has been withdrawn but she remains in detention. Wanting Qu, 36, who has lived in Canada since she was a teena...

 2021-01-28 10:34 

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Far-right extremist convicted of murdering German politician...

BERLIN (AP) - A far-right extremist in Germany was convicted Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a regional politician in a brazen killing that shocked the country. In its verdict against 47-year-old Stephan Ernst, the Frankfurt sta...

 2021-01-28 10:33 

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Kitsch or artwork? Controversial monument unveiled in Serbia...

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Kitsch or an extraordinary piece of art? Depends on who you ask. Serbia's president attended the unveiling on Wednesday night of a grandiose monument to a medieval monk and historic ruler which has come under fire from critics ...

 2021-01-28 10:30 

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New Biden health care orders begin to unspool Trump policies...

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden is set to take his first steps to reverse Trump administration health care policies. The White House said Biden plans on Thursday to sign orders on a range of issues including getting more Americans covered and removi...

 2021-01-28 10:21 

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Vaccine factory inspected amid EU dispute with AstraZeneca...

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgian health authorities announced Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory in Belgium to find out whether expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine are due to production issues. The European...

 2021-01-28 09:57 

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Polish ombudsman: Abortion ruling condemns women to torture...

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Poland's top human rights official on Thursday denounced a top court ruling that amounts to a near total ban on abortion, saying it imposes a severe limitation of women's rights and "condemns them to torture." The con...

 2021-01-28 09:51 

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D.C. military occupation not a good look for America...

Concerns over "civil disturbance" have led the powers-who-be in Washington, D.C., to extend the stay of members of the National Guard in the nation's capital city. A military occupation in America — who knew. Military troops are not law ...

 2021-01-28 09:47 

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Protests amid Lebanon lockdown leave 1 dead, 220 injured...

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) - Violent confrontations between protesters and security forces in northern Lebanon left a 30-year-old man dead and more than 220 people injured, the state news agency said Thursday. The clashes took place after frustrations boiled o...

 2021-01-28 09:46 

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China: 'New historical starting point' with US military...

BEIJING (AP) - Putting frictions aside for now, China says relations between the Chinese and U.S. militaries are at a "new historical starting point" and should focus on cooperation and avoiding confrontations. Defense Ministry spokesperson Col. W...

 2021-01-28 09:42 

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2 men caned 77 times for having sex in Indonesia's Aceh...

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - Two men in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province were publicly caned each 77 times Thursday after neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex. Dozens of people witnessed the caning at Banda Aceh'...

 2021-01-28 09:40 

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"Take every shift as it comes": No respite for UK hospitals...

LONDON (AP) - When the U.K. surpassed 100,000 coronavirus dead this week, it was much more than just a number to Justin Fleming. Lying in a hospital bed with COVID-19, he knew how easily he could have become one of them, were it not for the medics and oth...

 2021-01-28 09:36 

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Daniel Pearl case: Pakistan court orders man accused in American's death freed...

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed O...

 2021-01-28 09:28 

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Police ask for public's help in effort to solve slaying...

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police are asking for the public's help in an effort to solve a slaying in Knox County. Anyone with information in the death of Adam Pinkley, 34, is asked to contact the state police post in Harlan, officials said in ...

 2021-01-28 09:22 

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Tennessee, T-Mobile to provide wireless devices to students...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Department of Education announced Wednesday it was launching a new initiative to provide wireless internet to students across the state. According to a news release, the state is partnering with T-Mobile to enable h...

 2021-01-28 09:19 

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Memphis, Shelby County get federal housing assistance funds...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The city of Memphis, Tennessee, and Shelby County have received more than $28 million in federal funds to help residents who have fallen behind in rent payments, officials said. City spokesman Dan Springer said Memphis received $19.6...

 2021-01-28 09:18 

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French police face sanction for Macarena party amid virus...

PARIS (AP) - At least two dozen French police officials are facing internal punishment for holding a party inside a police station where they were filmed dancing the Macarena and violating multiple virus protection rules. A police headquarters spokesperso...

 2021-01-28 09:15 

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Program that helps manufacturers draws $600K in funding...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded $600,000 to a program at West Virginia University that assists small and midsize U.S. manufacturing companies. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funds from th...

 2021-01-28 09:11 

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AG asks Supreme Court to reject appeal in Lee statue case...

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Mark Herring has asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to reject an appeal from a group of Richmond residents seeking to stop the governor from removing an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. In a brief f...

 2021-01-28 08:53 

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After rescuing rival, Bestaven wins solo global sailing race...

LES SABLES-D'OLONNE, France (AP) - Yannick Bestaven won the Vendee Globe solo round-the-world sailing race in a dramatic finish after rescuing a capsized rival, more than 80 days alone at sea and an unusually close final few hours to determine the win...

 2021-01-28 08:23 

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Sheriff: Ex-deputy arrested, charged after 4-hour standoff...

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - A former North Carolina deputy accused of assaulting his wife was arrested after a four-hour standoff with authorities Wednesday night, officials said. Wake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Eric Curry said deputies were attem...

 2021-01-28 08:09 

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In 2016, Maxwell said she grew unhappy with Jeffrey Epstein...

NEW YORK (AP) - A British socialite criminally charged with aiding Jeffrey Epstein in his sexual abuse of teenage girls testified in 2016 that she had no memory of anything amiss on his properties in the 2000s despite the accusations from dozens of women ...

 2021-01-28 08:07 

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Pakistan court orders man accused in American's death freed...

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of a Pakistani man convicted and later acquitted in the gruesome beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sh...

 2021-01-28 08:01 

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How many variants of the coronavirus are there?...

How many variants of the coronavirus are there? There are many circulating around the world, but health experts are primarily concerned with the emergence of three. As a virus infects people, it can mutate as it makes copies of itself. Some mutations can ...

 2021-01-28 08:00 

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Legislators to discuss proper face coverings during session...

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's legislative session is already a month old, but lawmakers are still discussing what exactly constitutes a proper face covering. Legislative leaders on Thursday will discuss imposing more stringent mask rules for legislato...

 2021-01-28 07:56 

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India donates first 500,000 doses of vaccine to Sri Lanka...

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lanka's president on Thursday welcomed the first 500,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from India, which has donated the shots to eight countries in the region. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was manufactured by the Serum I...

 2021-01-28 07:54 

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Pakistan's Supreme Court orders man accused in beheading death of American journalist released...

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's Supreme Court orders man accused in beheading death of American journalist released....

 2021-01-28 07:35 

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Wednesday Sports in Brief...

NFL SEATTLE (AP) - Former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was charged with first-degree domestic violence assault on Wednesday following his arrest last weekend. Wheeler was additionally charged with domestic violence unlawful imprisonment...

 2021-01-28 07:30 

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Asian shares drop after US stocks' worst day since October...

TOKYO (AP) - Asian shares skidded on Thursday as a reality check set in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October. Benchmarks in Japan, South Korea, Australia and China declined Thursday. ...

 2021-01-28 07:30 

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Maine eyes smoother vaccine rollout under new admin...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The director of Maine's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said he sees an opportunity for a smoother rollout of coronavirus vaccines under the new presidential administration. Dr. Nirav Shah has expressed frustration wit...

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