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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singer says a Chinese corruption charge against her mother, who has been held in custody for six years, has been withdrawn but she remains in detention.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
Fed stresses its commitment to low rates as economy stumbles

Fed stresses its commitment to low rates as economy stumbles

WASHINGTON — Chair Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Federal Reserve will keep pursuing its low-interest rate policies until an economic recovery is well underway, acknowledging that the economy has faltered in recent months.
Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

BRUSSELS — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries amid a deepening dispute that raises concerns about international competition for limited supplies of the shots needed to end the
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