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Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

Pentagon says US has dropped to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that may have violated a last-minute congressional prohibition.
Russia follows US in withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

Russia follows US in withdrawal from Open Skies Treaty

MOSCOW — Russia said on Friday that it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities after the U.S.
December wholesale prices up 0.3% with sharp jump in energy

December wholesale prices up 0.3% with sharp jump in energy

WASHINGTON — U.S. wholesale prices rose 0.3% in December led by a the biggest jump in energy costs since June.
Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

Deep South falls behind in coronavirus vaccine drive

ATLANTA — The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.
At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

At least 42 dead as Indonesia quake topples homes, buildings

MAMUJU, Indonesia — A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people. More than 600 people were injured by the magnitude 6.
Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

Stars return to inauguration, with J.Lo, Gaga set to perform

The A-list is back. How A-list? Try Lady Gaga and J. Lo. Inauguration officials announced on Thursday that the glittery duo would appear in person on Jan.

Warrant: Rapper YFN Lucci was driver in fatal shooting

Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci is accused of being the driver in a gang-related drive-by shooting that left one man dead and another wounded, authorities said.

Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr.
Indonesian divers find parts of crashed plane's black box

Indonesian divers find parts of crashed plane's black box

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Divers found parts of the cockpit voice recorder on Friday as more personnel joined the search for wreckage and victims from an Indonesian plane that crashed last weekend in the Java Sea with 62 people on board.
Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec.