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Security firms say suspicious object on oil tanker off Iraq

Security firms say suspicious object on oil tanker off Iraq

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sailors involved in transferring fuel oil from an Iraqi tanker in the Persian Gulf to another vessel owned by a shipping company traded in the U.S.
One Good Thing: Special Olympian spreads message of love

One Good Thing: Special Olympian spreads message of love

Gary Schottle arrived in time to see the other kids in line hitting and jumping on his young son.
Glenda Jackson returns to screen with 'Elizabeth Is Missing'

Glenda Jackson returns to screen with 'Elizabeth Is Missing'

NEW YORK — Only one project lured two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson back to the screen after an absence of 25 years: “Elizabeth Is Missing.
Jobless claims down 19,000, still 4 times pre-pandemic level

Jobless claims down 19,000, still 4 times pre-pandemic level

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week fell by 19,000 to 787,000, still a historically high level as a resurgent coronavirus maintains its grip on the U.S. economy.

Serial squirrel: Neighbors keep eye out for fierce rodent

NEW YORK — Residents of a Queens neighbourhood are dealing with a squirrely threat.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020

In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost iconic defenders of civil rights, great athletes and entertainers who helped define their genres.
Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

Calamity? Anomaly? 2020 was a box office year like no other

When the sun sets on the 2020 film box office, it’ll be difficult to look at the numbers as anything but disastrous.
Merkel to Germans: Keep up anti-virus discipline in 2021

Merkel to Germans: Keep up anti-virus discipline in 2021

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling her country's people that they will need to keep up their discipline in fighting the coronavirus pandemic well into 2021, even as vaccinations fuel new hope.
China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally

China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine as COVID-19 surges globally

BEIJING — China authorized its first homegrown COVID-19 vaccine for general use Thursday, adding another shot that could see wide use in poorer countries as the virus surges back around the globe.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai jailed after bail revoked

Hong Kong's highest court on Thursday revoked media tycoon Jimmy Lai's bail after prosecutors succeeded in asking the judges to send him back to detention. Lai had been granted bail on Dec.