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UK's 'tsunami' of grief as coronavirus deaths pass 100,000

LONDON — For nine months, Gordon Bonner has been in the “hinterlands of despair and desolation” after losing his wife of 63 years to the coronavirus pandemic that has now taken the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United Kingdom.
US consumer confidence rebounds in January

US consumer confidence rebounds in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence rose in January as Americans became more optimistic about the future. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index increased to 89.3, a rebound from December when it dipped to 87.1.

Giller winner Souvankham Thammavongsa among book critics awards finalists

NEW YORK — Canadian author Souvankham Thammavongsa's “How to Pronounce Knife" is among this year's fiction finalists for the U.S.-based National Book Critics Circle prizes.
Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1 million

Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1 million

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus infections since the pandemic began crossed 1 million on Tuesday and hospitals in some hard-hit areas were near capacity.
Epstein's ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

Epstein's ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

NEW YORK — A British socialite charged with recruiting teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s asked a judge Monday to dismiss the case on multiple grounds, including that a deal years ago not to prosecute Epstein a
GOP Ohio Sen. Portman not seeking reelection, cites gridlock

GOP Ohio Sen. Portman not seeking reelection, cites gridlock

CINCINNATI — Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said Monday that he won’t seek reelection to a third term in 2022, expressing dismay with the deep partisanship and dysfunction in American politics.
Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP

Trump impeachment goes to Senate, testing his sway over GOP

WASHINGTON — House Democrats delivered the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate late Monday for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to conv
California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

California: Criminal rings loot billions in jobless funds

LOS ANGELES — Sophisticated hackers, identity thieves and overseas criminal rings stole over $11 billion in unemployment benefits from California last year, but the extent of the fraud might grow far larger: billions more in payments are under invest
Janet Yellen wins Senate approval as treasury secretary

Janet Yellen wins Senate approval as treasury secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Monday approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nation’s 78th treasury secretary, making her the first woman to hold the job in the department's 232-year history.
US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

Coronavirus deaths and cases per day in the U.S.