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Snow days, virtual opera: The office holiday party goes on

Snow days, virtual opera: The office holiday party goes on

NEW YORK — An online murder mystery. Law-themed opera arias. A snowman-building competition. With dancing, drinking and fancy dinners a no-go because of virus concerns, companies are getting creative about their holiday office parties this year.
After years fighting them, Milley talks peace with Taliban

After years fighting them, Milley talks peace with Taliban

KABUL — In his three combat tours in Afghanistan, Gen. Mark Milley saw the Taliban as a formidable foe, one unlikely to “fade away in the dust,” as he put it in 2013.
UK extends salary support program to contain unemployment

UK extends salary support program to contain unemployment

LONDON — The British government on Thursday extended its salary support program by another month through to the end of April as it tries to keep a lid on unemployment as coronavirus restrictions slam businesses.

Volkswagen loses top EU court case in diesel scandal

BRUSSELS — The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that Volkswagen breached the law by installing on its cars a so-called defeat device to cheat on emission tests and cannot argue it was merely protecting car engines.
US jobless claims rise to 885,000 amid resurgence of virus

US jobless claims rise to 885,000 amid resurgence of virus

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September, as a resurgence of coronavirus cases threatens the economy's recovery from its springtime collapse.
Sales top 3 million for Barack Obama's "A Promised Land'

Sales top 3 million for Barack Obama's "A Promised Land'

NEW YORK — Just a month after publication, Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” is well on its way to becoming the bestselling presidential memoir in modern times. Crown announced Wednesday that sales have topped 3.3 million copies in the U.S.
Forceful lyrics on domestic violence strike chord in China

Forceful lyrics on domestic violence strike chord in China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Quarrel, rape, adultery. Tricky, greedy, sycophantic. Chinese singer Tan Weiwei chants each word methodically in a two-line string of vulgarities and insults.
Reputed mobster admits assaulting 'Real Housewives' hubby

Reputed mobster admits assaulting 'Real Housewives' hubby

NEWARK, N.J. — A reputed mobster admitted assaulting the then-boyfriend and now husband of a former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member in exchange for a deeply discounted lavish wedding reception.

WHO: Vaccination in Asia-Pacific expected mid or late 2021

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to COVID-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach to the pandemic.
Vaccinations reach nursing homes as California faces crisis

Vaccinations reach nursing homes as California faces crisis

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — The first COVID-19 vaccinations are underway at U.S.