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Australian agency reviewing data on Vatican money transfers

ROME — The Australian government’s financial intelligence agency said Thursday it is reviewing its data after questions were raised about its report that $1.8 billion were transferred from the Vatican to Australia over six years.
Capitol siege by pro-Trump mob forces questions, ousters

Capitol siege by pro-Trump mob forces questions, ousters

WASHINGTON — The violent siege of the Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters forced painful new questions across government — about his fitness to remain in office for two more weeks, the ability of the police to secure the complex and the fu

Woman who falsely accused Black teen of theft is arrested

NEW YORK — A woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her phone and then tackled him at a New York City hotel was arrested Thursday in her home state of California.
Chinese court finds #MeToo allegations defamed journalist

Chinese court finds #MeToo allegations defamed journalist

TAIPEI, Taiwan — In a potential blow to the #MeToo movement in China, a court ruled that two former journalists defamed a third journalist by publishing an account accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle charge over 737 Max

Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle charge over 737 Max

Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle a Justice Department investigation and admit that employees misled regulators about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft, which suffered two deadly crashes shortly after entering airline service.
Simon & Schuster drops book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley

Simon & Schuster drops book by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley

NEW YORK — A planned book by Sen. Josh Hawley, who objected to President-elect Joe Biden’s win and backed baseless claims that the election was stolen, has been cancelled by its publisher in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S.
Biden picks Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo as commerce secretary

Biden picks Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo as commerce secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has picked Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Commerce Department, helping set trade policy and promote U.S. opportunities for growth domestically and overseas.

Aspiring rapper admits fires at SC governor's rental homes

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An aspiring rapper who performed under the name “Dank Frank” won't spend any more time in jail for burning down two rental houses owned by South Carolina's governor.
Brazil enjoys fun in the sun as COVID-19 deaths top 200,000

Brazil enjoys fun in the sun as COVID-19 deaths top 200,000

SAO PAULO — The night before New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of revelers clad in their bathing suits crowded onto the iconic Ipanema beach to have some seaside drinks.
US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The U.S. registered more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before — nearly 3,900 — on the very day the mob attack on the Capitol laid bare some of the same, deep political divisions that have hampered the battle against the pandemic.