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Kim opens North Korean congress by admitting policy failures

Kim opens North Korean congress by admitting policy failures

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted that his economic development plans have failed as he opened the nation’s first full ruling party congress in five years, state media reported Wednesday.

Mexico's state power company admits it falsified document

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s state-owned electrical power company acknowledged Tuesday it presented a falsified brush fire report to explain a widespread blackout in December.
Trump insists, falsely, that Pence can decertify results

Trump insists, falsely, that Pence can decertify results

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday tightened the screws on his most loyal soldier, pressuring Vice-President Mike Pence to use powers he does not have to overturn the will of voters in a desperate, futile bid to undo President-elect Joe B
Bobby Shmurda to be eligible for release in February

Bobby Shmurda to be eligible for release in February

DANNEMORA, N.Y. — Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda will be eligible for release from prison next month, the New York State Department of Corrections said on Monday.
US: Hack of federal agencies 'likely Russian in origin'

US: Hack of federal agencies 'likely Russian in origin'

WASHINGTON — Top national security agencies confirmed Tuesday that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame.
Flooding brings new woes to NYC church hard-hit by COVID-19

Flooding brings new woes to NYC church hard-hit by COVID-19

NEW YORK — A Lutheran church in New York City already reeling from the COVID-19 deaths of more than 60 members of the congregation has suffered a new trauma: Severe flood damage from the rupture of a major municipal water main.
Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions

Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions

NEW YORK — The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. The annual show would shift from its original Jan.
Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

Pandemic haunts new year as virus growth outpaces vaccines

LONDON — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down busines

Tennessee inmate's execution paused again due to COVID-19

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday hit pause again on a death row inmate's scheduled execution because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an order, the justices wrote that Oscar Smith’s execution, which was slated to happen Feb.
Late sales rebound helps US automakers avoid 2020 disaster

Late sales rebound helps US automakers avoid 2020 disaster

DETROIT — Sales of new vehicles in the U.S. fell 14.6% last year, but a second-half rebound from a coronavirus-related plunge in the spring kindled optimism for a recovery later this year. Automakers on Tuesday reported selling 14.