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Slovakia approves 2-week nationwide lockdown as virus surges

Slovakia approves 2-week nationwide lockdown as virus surges

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The Slovak government on Wednesday approved a two-week national lockdown amid a record surge of coronavirus infections.
No phones, laptops allowed at Josh Duggar child porn trial

No phones, laptops allowed at Josh Duggar child porn trial

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge says no phones, laptops or recording devices will be allowed at next week's child pornography trial for former reality TV star Josh Duggar. U.S. District Judge Timothy L.
Consumer spending rebounds despite rising October inflation

Consumer spending rebounds despite rising October inflation

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending rebounded in October, rising by a a solid 1.3% despite rising inflation that over the past year has reached the fastest pace in more than three decades.
Performers gear up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Performers gear up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Growing up in Chicago, Broadway star Brittney Mack faithfully watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV after fulfilling her own parade duties.

South Dakota Supreme Court rules against pot legalization

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that nullified a voter-passed amendment to the state constitution that would have legalized recreational marijuana use. Gov.

US new homes sales rise 0.4% in October as prices climb

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of new homes edged up 0.4% last month, coming in below expectations as housing prices continued to climb.

Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green ready for operatic stardom

NEW YORK (AP) — He opened the season as kindly Uncle Paul in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Next night he was the vagabond monk Varlaam, stopping the show in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.
Depth of Black Friday discounts depends on resiliency of retailers' supply chains

Depth of Black Friday discounts depends on resiliency of retailers' supply chains

Amid the flashy flyers and promotional emails, a divide has emerged between big and small retailers this Black Friday. On one side, retail giants with sophisticated supply chains and robust inventory levels.
US jobless claims hit 52-year low after seasonal adjustments

US jobless claims hit 52-year low after seasonal adjustments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year's coronavirus recession.
1966 death of Doris Duke employee an accident, review finds

1966 death of Doris Duke employee an accident, review finds

The city manager in Newport, Rhode Island, is standing by the city police department's review of the 1966 death of an employee of wealthy heiress Doris Duke that found that there is no new information that would change the result of the original inve