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Police: Couple steals $300 albino python from pet store

Police: Couple steals $300 albino python from pet store

PEABODY, Mass. — Police in Peabody, Massachusetts, are looking for a couple who slithered away with a snake worth $300 from a city pet store. The couple entered the Petco store around 4:30 p.m. Monday, police told The Salem News on Wednesday.
Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria

Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria

NAIROBI, Kenya — Another new variant of the coronavirus appears to have emerged in Nigeria, Africa’s top public health official said Thursday, but he added that further investigation was needed.
Ex-'Survivor' contestant charged with larceny in Virginia

Ex-'Survivor' contestant charged with larceny in Virginia

DANVILLE, Va. — A former “Survivor” contestant has been charged in Virginia with grand larceny, authorities said.
Warner Bros. sets ‘Furiosa,’ ‘Color Purple’ musical for 2023

Warner Bros. sets ‘Furiosa,’ ‘Color Purple’ musical for 2023

A “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel and an adaptation of “The Color Purple” Broadway musical are coming to theatres in 2023, Warner Bros. said Wednesday.
20 migrants dead off Tunisia after boat sinks, more missing

20 migrants dead off Tunisia after boat sinks, more missing

TUNIS, Tunisia — About 20 African migrants were found dead Thursday after their smuggling boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe, Tunisian authorities said.
China steps up pressure on Alibaba with anti-monopoly probe

China steps up pressure on Alibaba with anti-monopoly probe

BEIJING — Chinese regulators on Thursday announced an anti-monopoly investigation of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, stepping up the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to control fast-growing tech industries.
Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia's Senate runoffs

Democrats face a turnout test in Georgia's Senate runoffs

ATLANTA — In the first week of early voting for Georgia’s Senate runoff election, Casie Yoder parked at a polling location in Cobb County and loaded miniature hand sanitizer bottles, knitted hats, hand warmers and face masks into a collapsible wagon
Asian markets advance after S&P 500 snaps losing streak

Asian markets advance after S&P 500 snaps losing streak

Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday after stocks eked out small gains on Wall Street following a mixed set of reports on the economy. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Trump threatens COVID relief bill, testing loyalty of GOP

Trump threatens COVID relief bill, testing loyalty of GOP

WASHINGTON — Threatening to tank Congress’ massive COVID relief and government funding package, President Donald Trump’s demand for bigger aid checks for Americans is forcing Republicans traditionally wary of such spending into an uncomfortable test
A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

WASHINGTON — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies c