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AP sources: Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands

AP sources: Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S.

Widespread internet outages hit northeast U.S.

Internet users across the northeast U.S. reported widespread outages Tuesday. Verizon reported a cut fiber in Brooklyn via Twitter, although it’s not clear if that issue is responsible for the entire outage.
Senate confirms Antony Blinken as 71st secretary of state

Senate confirms Antony Blinken as 71st secretary of state

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Antony Blinken as America’s top diplomat, tasked with carrying out President Joe Biden’s commitment to reverse the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine that weakened international alliances.
UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

LONDON — More than 100,000 people have died in the United Kingdom after contracting the coronavirus, a year into Europe's deadliest outbreak, figures from the government showed Tuesday.
PepsiCo goes Beyond Meat in new partnership

PepsiCo goes Beyond Meat in new partnership

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat are creating a joint venture to develop snacks and drinks made from plant-based proteins. The companies didn’t reveal what kinds of products they will make Tuesday, saying they’re still in development.

UK's 'tsunami' of grief as coronavirus deaths pass 100,000

LONDON — For nine months, Gordon Bonner has been in the “hinterlands of despair and desolation” after losing his wife of 63 years to the coronavirus pandemic that has now taken the lives of more than 100,000 people in the United Kingdom.
US consumer confidence rebounds in January

US consumer confidence rebounds in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence rose in January as Americans became more optimistic about the future. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index increased to 89.3, a rebound from December when it dipped to 87.1.

Giller winner Souvankham Thammavongsa among book critics awards finalists

NEW YORK — Canadian author Souvankham Thammavongsa's “How to Pronounce Knife" is among this year's fiction finalists for the U.S.-based National Book Critics Circle prizes.
Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1 million

Indonesia's confirmed coronavirus cases exceed 1 million

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s confirmed coronavirus infections since the pandemic began crossed 1 million on Tuesday and hospitals in some hard-hit areas were near capacity.
Epstein's ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

Epstein's ex-girlfriend seeks dismissal of charges she faces

NEW YORK — A British socialite charged with recruiting teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse in the 1990s asked a judge Monday to dismiss the case on multiple grounds, including that a deal years ago not to prosecute Epstein a