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Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government says the coronavirus state of emergency will end Thursday so the economy can be reactivated as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced Tuesday that virus restrictions will be eased gradually.

S. Korean leader's review of ban on eating dog meat welcomed

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Animal rights groups on Tuesday welcomed the South Korean president's offer to look into banning consumption of dog meat. Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea.
Dubai to find out if pandemic-delayed Expo 2020 will pay off

Dubai to find out if pandemic-delayed Expo 2020 will pay off

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A computer-graphic-soaked advertisement featuring Australian actor and Hollywood heartthrob Chris Hemsworth beckons the world to Dubai's upcoming Expo 2020, promising a “world of pure imagination” as children withou
In Murdaugh family scandal, tiny South Carolina town shaken

In Murdaugh family scandal, tiny South Carolina town shaken

HAMPTON, S.C. (AP) — Ask any of the 2,600 residents in this South Carolina town whether they know Alex Murdaugh , and you’ll probably get a quick nod. Nearly everyone does in Hampton, a tiny place where every road in has just two lanes.
In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

In R. Kelly verdict, Black women see long-overdue justice

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, decades even, allegations swirled that R&B superstar R. Kelly was abusing young women and girls, with seeming impunity. They were mostly young Black women. And Black girls.
Met returns with 1st work by a Black composer in its history

Met returns with 1st work by a Black composer in its history

NEW YORK (AP) — “We bend, we don't break. We sway!” sings the chorus in the second act of Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones.
Cadence Weapon wins Polaris Music Prize for hip hop album 'Parallel World'

Cadence Weapon wins Polaris Music Prize for hip hop album 'Parallel World'

TORONTO — Cadence Weapon has won the 2021 Polaris Music Prize for his album "Parallel World.
2 top Fed officials retire in wake of trading disclosures

2 top Fed officials retire in wake of trading disclosures

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare moment of ethical controversy for the Federal Reserve, two top officials resigned Monday in the wake of revelations about their financial trading that exposed potential shortcomings in the Fed's rules on investments.
Gas blowout near Los Angeles leads to up to $1.8B settlement

Gas blowout near Los Angeles leads to up to $1.8B settlement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of families sickened and forced from their Los Angeles homes after the nation’s largest-known natural gas leak have reached a settlement of up to $1.8 billion with a utility, attorneys said Monday.
R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

NEW YORK (AP) — R.