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US trade deficit dips to $68.9 billion with exports up

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April to $68.9 billion as an improving global economy boosted sales of American exports.

World Bank sees 5.6% global growth in 2021, best since 1973

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank is upgrading the outlook for global growth this year, predicting that COVID-19 vaccinations and massive government stimulus in rich countries will power the fastest worldwide expansion in nearly five decades.
Global glitch: Swaths of internet go down after cloud outage

Global glitch: Swaths of internet go down after cloud outage

LONDON (AP) — Dozens of websites briefly went offline around the globe Tuesday, including CNN, The New York Times and Britain's government home page, after an outage at the cloud service Fastly, illustrating how vital a small number of behind-the-sce

BioNTech founders contributing to book on COVID-19 vaccine

NEW YORK (AP) — The husband and wife team who helped make the first COVID-19 vaccine are contributing to a book about their efforts.
CMT to honor Black country music pioneer Linda Martell

CMT to honor Black country music pioneer Linda Martell

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Martell, one of the pioneers for Black acts in country music and the first Black woman to perform solo at the Grand Ole Opry, will be honored at the 2021 CMT Music Awards.
Senate report details sweeping failures around Jan. 6 attack

Senate report details sweeping failures around Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S.
Music fans flock to Albania’s beach festival despite virus

Music fans flock to Albania’s beach festival despite virus

RANA E HEDHUN, Albania (AP) — The Albanian beach site had everything in one place: pine trees, sand, sea, nearby mountains and days of nonstop music.
Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

Oregon lawmaker faces expulsion in assault on state Capitol

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker faces being expelled from office after a video emerged apparently showing him choreographing how he would let far-right protesters into the closed Oregon Capitol days before he did so in December.
Luiselli's prize-winning novel responds to migratory crisis

Luiselli's prize-winning novel responds to migratory crisis

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Valeria Luiselli is pleased to have passed the libraries’ test with her first novel written directly in English, “Lost Children Archive” (“Sound Desert”), which received the Dublin Literary Award.
Q&A: Ellen Burstyn on her acting life, and never retiring

Q&A: Ellen Burstyn on her acting life, and never retiring

NEW YORK (AP) — That Ellen Burstyn plays a woman who recoils at the very mention of a retirement community in the upcoming film “Queen Bees” is extremely appropriate. Rarely has an actor been as good for as long as Burstyn has.