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Virus resurgence hits H&M sales, cuts promising recovery

STOCKHOLM — Swedish fashion retailer H&M says its sales fell 10% in the fourth quarter as the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic stalled consumer spending, cutting short a promising recovery seen in the third quarter.

Electoral College makes it official: Biden won, Trump lost

WASHINGTON — The Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden as the nation’s next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative state-by-state repudiation of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had lost.
US agencies, companies secure networks after huge hack

US agencies, companies secure networks after huge hack

WASHINGTON — U.S. government agencies and private companies rushed Monday to secure their computer networks following the disclosure of a sophisticated and long-running cyber-espionage intrusion suspected of being carried out by Russian hackers.

Australian actor Craig McLachlan cleared of stage indecency

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian actor Craig McLachlan was cleared in court Tuesday of allegations he indecently assaulted his stage co-stars in 2014.
Electoral College makes it official: Biden won, Trump lost

Electoral College makes it official: Biden won, Trump lost

WASHINGTON — The Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden on Monday as the nation’s next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative state-by-state repudiation of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had lost.
AP Interview: Indians owner says name won't change in 2021

AP Interview: Indians owner says name won't change in 2021

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians are changing their name — they just don't know to what or when.
US blames Iran in abduction, death of ex-FBI agent Levinson

US blames Iran in abduction, death of ex-FBI agent Levinson

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration for the first time on Monday formally blamed Iran for the presumed death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, publicly identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction and imp
UAW agrees to monitor, voting changes after corruption probe

UAW agrees to monitor, voting changes after corruption probe

DETROIT — An independent monitor will watch the United Auto Workers’ finances and operations, and members will decide how they pick future leaders under a reform agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas

Trump says Barr resigning, will leave before Christmas

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr, one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest allies, is departing amid lingering tension over the president’s baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into President-elect Joe Biden’s son.
U.S. stocks end mostly lower after an early rally evaporates

U.S. stocks end mostly lower after an early rally evaporates

Stocks closed mostly lower on Wall Street Monday after an early rally faded, extending the market's recent pullback from record highs. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% after having been up 0.9% in the early going.