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Volkswagen loses top EU court case in diesel scandal

BRUSSELS — The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that Volkswagen breached the law by installing on its cars a so-called defeat device to cheat on emission tests and cannot argue it was merely protecting car engines.
US jobless claims rise to 885,000 amid resurgence of virus

US jobless claims rise to 885,000 amid resurgence of virus

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September, as a resurgence of coronavirus cases threatens the economy's recovery from its springtime collapse.
Sales top 3 million for Barack Obama's "A Promised Land'

Sales top 3 million for Barack Obama's "A Promised Land'

NEW YORK — Just a month after publication, Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” is well on its way to becoming the bestselling presidential memoir in modern times. Crown announced Wednesday that sales have topped 3.3 million copies in the U.S.
Forceful lyrics on domestic violence strike chord in China

Forceful lyrics on domestic violence strike chord in China

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Quarrel, rape, adultery. Tricky, greedy, sycophantic. Chinese singer Tan Weiwei chants each word methodically in a two-line string of vulgarities and insults.
Reputed mobster admits assaulting 'Real Housewives' hubby

Reputed mobster admits assaulting 'Real Housewives' hubby

NEWARK, N.J. — A reputed mobster admitted assaulting the then-boyfriend and now husband of a former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member in exchange for a deeply discounted lavish wedding reception.

WHO: Vaccination in Asia-Pacific expected mid or late 2021

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The World Health Organization said Thursday that countries in the Asia-Pacific region are not guaranteed to have early access to COVID-19 shots and urged them to adopt a long-term approach to the pandemic.
Vaccinations reach nursing homes as California faces crisis

Vaccinations reach nursing homes as California faces crisis

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — The first COVID-19 vaccinations are underway at U.S.
In 'Ma Rainey,' channeling the blues of August Wilson

In 'Ma Rainey,' channeling the blues of August Wilson

NEW YORK — Like many of those involved in the making of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” it’s not easy for Viola Davis to summarize what playwright August Wilson has meant to her except to answer, “Everything.
Fed keeps rate near zero and sees brighter economy in 2021

Fed keeps rate near zero and sees brighter economy in 2021

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it will keep buying government bonds until the economy makes “substantial” progress, a step intended to reassure financial markets and keep long-term borrowing rates low indefinitely.

NYC cathedral gunman's note says he planned to take hostages

NEW YORK — The man killed by police Sunday after he opened fire on the steps of a landmark New York City cathedral had a note in his pocket that said he had planned to take hostages and use them as leverage to get U.S.