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U.S. whiskey bolstered by liquor store sales in 2020

U.S. whiskey bolstered by liquor store sales in 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — American whiskey absorbed some setbacks but showed resilience in the face of pandemic-related clampdowns on bars and restaurants as liquor sales benefited from enduring demand for a good stiff drink.
New home sales rise in December after sharp November drop

New home sales rise in December after sharp November drop

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Sales of new homes rose 1.6% in December after a big decline in November that was even worse than previously thought.
At Sundance, pandemic dramas unfold on screen and off

At Sundance, pandemic dramas unfold on screen and off

NEW YORK — Peter Nicks had for months been documenting the students of Oakland High School, in California, when the pandemic hit.
Interest continues to grow in inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

Interest continues to grow in inaugural poet Amanda Gorman

NEW YORK — Within hours of Amanda Gorman's reading of the inaugural poem last week, bookstores were hearing from their customers.
Chinese singer says mother's bribery charge dismissed

Chinese singer says mother's bribery charge dismissed

TAIPEI, Taiwan — 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singer says a Chinese corruption charge against her mother, who has been held in custody for six years, has been withdrawn but she remains in detention.
US jobless claims drop; still at 847,000 as pandemic rages

US jobless claims drop; still at 847,000 as pandemic rages

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell but remained at a historically high 847,000 last week, a sign that layoffs keep coming as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage.
Far-right extremist convicted of murdering German politician

Far-right extremist convicted of murdering German politician

BERLIN — A far-right extremist in Germany was convicted Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a regional politician who had advocated helping refugees — a brazen killing that shocked the country.

In 2016, Maxwell said she grew unhappy with Jeffrey Epstein

NEW YORK — 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
Oscar-winning, 'irreplaceable' Cloris Leachman dies at 94

Oscar-winning, 'irreplaceable' Cloris Leachman dies at 94

LOS ANGELES — Cloris Leachman, an Oscar-winner for her portrayal of a lonely housewife in “The Last Picture Show” and a comedic delight as the fearsome Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein” and self-absorbed neighbour Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore
US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence

US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by antigovernment sentiment after President Joe Biden's election, suggesting the Jan