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US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving
Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

TOKYO — The demons are everywhere, sometimes spreading like purple slime, lurking, killing.
Police: Rapper OMB Peezy charged in music video shooting

Police: Rapper OMB Peezy charged in music video shooting

ATLANTA — An Alabama rapper was arrested in connection to a shooting at music video set in downtown Atlanta, authorities said.
Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure

Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure

LONDON — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital and is expected to remain for several days of “rest and recuperation,” Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
EU regulator starts a review of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

EU regulator starts a review of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW — The European Medicines Agency said it has started a rolling review of Sputnik V, many months after the vaccine was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it.

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly.
With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing

With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing

WASHINGTON — Cheered on by President Joe Biden, House Democrats hustled to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing nationwide, able to avoid clashing with moderates in their own party who are wary of reigniting a debate they sa
California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly.
Palace to investigate after Meghan accused of bullying staff

Palace to investigate after Meghan accused of bullying staff

LONDON — Buckingham Palace said Wednesday it was launching an investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had made a bullying allegation against the Duchess of Sussex.
Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes

Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes

SAN DIEGO — Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offences against five women in Southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018.