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Lagging US, Europe speeds up help for virus-hit economy

Lagging US, Europe speeds up help for virus-hit economy

FRANKFURT — The European Central Bank said it would step up its bond-purchase stimulus to support an economy whose recovery is expected to lag a year behind the rebound in the U.S.
Job openings rise, layoffs fall as pandemic economy mends

Job openings rise, layoffs fall as pandemic economy mends

WASHINGTON — Companies posted more open jobs in January while layoffs decreased as the economy heals slowly from the pandemic. There were 6.9 million jobs available on the last day in January, up from 6.
US jobless claims fall to 712,000 as pace of layoffs eases

US jobless claims fall to 712,000 as pace of layoffs eases

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 712,000, the lowest total since early November, evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs amid a decline in confirmed coronavirus cases and signs of an improvin
Egyptian gov't: Fire at garment factory kills at least 20

Egyptian gov't: Fire at garment factory kills at least 20

CAIRO — A fire at a garment factory near Cairo on Thursday killed at least 20 people and injured 24, officials said, the latest such incident in Egypt where safety standards and fire regulations are poorly enforced.
For Trevor Noah, Grammy Awards a return to in-person hosting

For Trevor Noah, Grammy Awards a return to in-person hosting

LOS ANGELES — Trevor Noah took a careful approach hosting “The Daily Show” from his New York apartment during the pandemic, but he said travelling across the country to host the Grammys was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

Wurst case: Burglar caught over bite from German's sausage

BERLIN — German police say they have solved a nine-year-old burglary after DNA found on a half-eaten piece of sausage matched that of a man detained in France over an unrelated crime.

Report: Cuomo groped female aide in governor's residence

ALBANY, N.Y. — An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he groped her in the governor’s residence, a newspaper reported Wednesday, in the most serious allegation made yet by a series of women against the embattled Democrat.

Report: Police chief violated bias policy by mocking Asians

LIHUE, Hawaii — The police chief on the Hawaiian island of Kauai mocked people of Asian descent and in one case “squinted his eyes” and bowed his head while mimicking someone with a Japanese accent, a discrimination investigation found.

Murder warrant issued for Texas officer in fatal shooting

AUSTIN, Texas — A murder warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of a Texas police officer involved in shooting an unarmed drug suspect.
Indonesia bus plunges into a ravine, killing 27 pilgrims

Indonesia bus plunges into a ravine, killing 27 pilgrims

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A tourist bus plunged into a ravine on Indonesia’s main island of Java after its brakes apparently malfunctioned, killing at least 27 people and injuring 39 others, police and rescuers said Thursday.