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UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

JERUSALEM — Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N.
As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

WASHINGTON — At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy. The Fed on Wednesday released minutes of its Nov.

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

BERLIN — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry.

Mine explodes, damaging oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A mine in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia's coast near Yemen exploded and damaged an oil tanker Wednesday, authorities said, the latest incident targeting the kingdom amid its long war against Yemen's Houthi rebels.
Christmas traditions axed as pandemic sweeps rural Kansas

Christmas traditions axed as pandemic sweeps rural Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. — It's barely a town anymore, battered by time on the windswept prairie of northwest Kansas. COVID-19 still managed to find Norcatur.
Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

WASHINGTON — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic.
The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

The pandemic is changing Hollywood, maybe forever

NEW YORK — “No New ‘Movies’ Till Influenza Ends” blared a New York Times headline on Oct. 10, 1918, while the deadly second wave of the Spanish Flu was unfolding.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to march on despite pandemic

NEW YORK — Jawan M. Jackson recently got to do something he's been yearning to do for months — sing and dance again with his Broadway cast.
Duchess of Sussex reveals she had miscarriage in the summer

Duchess of Sussex reveals she had miscarriage in the summer

LONDON — The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic experience in hope of helping others.
The Weeknd criticizes Grammys over nominations snub

The Weeknd criticizes Grammys over nominations snub

LOS ANGELES — The Weeknd angrily slammed the Grammy Awards, calling them “corrupt” after the pop star walked away with zero nominations despite having multiple hits this year.