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US economy grew at 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

US economy grew at 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON — The economy grew by a moderate 2.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, but many economists believe that will be the last positive growth seen for some time as the country endures a sharp contraction due to the coronavirus.
China bars most foreigners to curb imported virus cases

China bars most foreigners to curb imported virus cases

BEIJING — China says it is temporarily barring most foreigners from entering the country as it seeks to curb the number of imported coronavirus cases.

Whiting Awards bestow $50K prizes to 10 emerging writers

NEW YORK — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent.
Will Smith says he’s humbled by rapper’s tribute music video

Will Smith says he’s humbled by rapper’s tribute music video

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith says he was “humbled and honoured ” after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honouring his career work. Lucas released the music video for his track “Will” on Monday.
Global pandemic postpones this year's glitzy Tony Awards

Global pandemic postpones this year's glitzy Tony Awards

NEW YORK — With Broadway shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic, producers of the annual Tony Awards have postponed this year's celebration of American theatre .
Judge: Tekashi 6ix9ine probably belongs at home, not jail

Judge: Tekashi 6ix9ine probably belongs at home, not jail

NEW YORK — The judge who sentenced the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to prison said Wednesday he would have ordered home confinement instead if he had known about the coronavirus in December. U.S. District Judge Paul A.
Campobello Island residents say trek through Maine raises COVID-19 concerns

Campobello Island residents say trek through Maine raises COVID-19 concerns

FREDERICTON — Some residents of Campobello Island, N.B., who must drive into the United States to reach the Canadian mainland, are asking the province for another way to get supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

NEW YORK — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of com
Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

BEIJING — Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after Wall Street gained as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over a proposed $2 trillion virus aid package. Market benchmarks in Tokyo and Shanghai declined. Australia and Southeast Asian markets gained.
New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

New York authorities mobilized to head off a potential public health disaster in the city Wednesday, with its emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale — for the rest of the country as U.S.