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US jobless claims rise to 719K as virus still forces layoffs

US jobless claims rise to 719K as virus still forces layoffs

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 61,000 last week to 719,000, signalling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more businesses reopen, vaccines are increasingly administered and federal aid
Detectives find cause of Tiger Woods crash but won't reveal

Detectives find cause of Tiger Woods crash but won't reveal

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details Wednesday, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star.
New Mexico primed to join US recreational pot wave

New Mexico primed to join US recreational pot wave

New Mexico is joining a wave of states that are legalizing recreational marijuana as its Democrat-dominated Legislature sent a package of cannabis bills Wednesday to a supportive governor.
Imprisoned Palestinian leader's entry shakes up planned vote

Imprisoned Palestinian leader's entry shakes up planned vote

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory — A popular Palestinian leader imprisoned by Israel has registered his own parliamentary list in May elections, his supporters said Wednesday, in a last-minute shakeup that could severely weaken President Mahmoud Abbas
Niger government confirms military coup attempt thwarted

Niger government confirms military coup attempt thwarted

NIAMEY, Niger — Niger's security forces thwarted an attempted military coup at the West African country's presidential palace overnight just two days before the newly elected president is to be sworn into office in a peaceful transfer of power, the g
Gaetz staying on Judiciary panel, despite investigation

Gaetz staying on Judiciary panel, despite investigation

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, a prominent, outspoken conservative and a close ally of former President Donald Trump who has been under federal investigation for a former relationship, would lose his House seat if convicted of a felony.
Suspect in attack on Asian American woman in NYC is arrested

Suspect in attack on Asian American woman in NYC is arrested

NEW YORK — A parolee convicted of killing his mother nearly two decades ago was arrested on assault and hate crime charges in an attack on an Asian American woman in New York City, police said Wednesday.

UN envoy: Myanmar faces possibility of major civil war

CAMEROON, Cameroon — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar warned Wednesday that the country faces the possibility of civil war “at an unprecedented scale” and urged the U.N.
Reversing Trump, Pentagon releases new transgender policies

Reversing Trump, Pentagon releases new transgender policies

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Wednesday swept away Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military, issuing new rules that offer them wider access to medical care and assistance with gender transition.
Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

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