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US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession.
Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

Blinken in Afghanistan to sell Biden troop withdrawal

KABUL — U.S.
Capsized ship off Louisiana: 12 missing, 1 dead, 6 rescued

Capsized ship off Louisiana: 12 missing, 1 dead, 6 rescued

PORT FOURCHON, La.
Humanitarian crisis feared in St. Vincent amid eruptions

Humanitarian crisis feared in St. Vincent amid eruptions

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Ongoing volcanic eruptions have displaced about 20% of people in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as a U.N. official on Wednesday warned of a growing humanitarian crisis.
WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

GENEVA — A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19 and the situation remains “serious,” with about 1.6 million new cases reported each week in the region. The comments by Dr.
Report: Dubai 'jetman' didn't deploy chute in fatal crash

Report: Dubai 'jetman' didn't deploy chute in fatal crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — One of Dubai's famed “jetman” pilots killed in a crash in November failed to deploy the emergency parachute attached to the winged engines strapped to his back, an investigative report released Thursday found.
Iran's supreme leader: Vienna offers 'not worth looking at'

Iran's supreme leader: Vienna offers 'not worth looking at'

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as “not worth looking at,” attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main n
Months after hack, US poised to announce sanctions on Russia

Months after hack, US poised to announce sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is preparing to announce sanctions in response to a massive Russian hacking campaign that breached vital federal agencies, as well as for election interference, a senior administration official said Wednesday nig
Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.
Rapper Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

Rapper Mystikal breaks silence on dropped rape charge

NEW YORK — Mystikal, convicted almost two decades ago of sexual battery and recently cleared of a second allegation of rape and kidnapping, acknowledges his past puts him in a “horrible fraternity.