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Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

SAN DIEGO — President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.
At divided time, Ohio unites behind statue of John Glenn

At divided time, Ohio unites behind statue of John Glenn

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Political divisions these days may be deep, but Ohioans never cease to agree on John Glenn. Both Republicans and Democrats on a state panel heaped praise on the late astronaut and U.S.
Armenian PM slams 'coup attempt' as political tensions rise

Armenian PM slams 'coup attempt' as political tensions rise

YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia's prime minister accused top military officers on Thursday of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months of protests calling for his resignation following the country's defeat in a conflict wi
Anticipating 2021 boom, Q4 GDP revised up slightly to 4.1%

Anticipating 2021 boom, Q4 GDP revised up slightly to 4.1%

WASHINGTON — The economy grew at a 4.1% pace in the final three months of 2020, slightly faster than first estimated, ending a year in which the overall economy, ravaged by a global pandemic, shrank more than in any year in the past seven decades.
Diverse group of cities have highest rates of gay households

Diverse group of cities have highest rates of gay households

ORLANDO, Fla. — Once known for singer Anita Bryant's anti-gay rights campaign and a ban on gay and lesbian adoptions, Florida is now home to two metro areas with among the highest concentrations of gay and lesbian coupled households in the U.S.

UK police receive letter from UAE princess urging probe

LONDON — Police in eastern England say they have received a long-delayed letter from an Emirati princess asking them to investigate the disappearance of her sister 20 years ago.
US contracts to buy homes decline, still a January record

US contracts to buy homes decline, still a January record

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes declined again with the number of properties for sale not matching the surging demand in the U.S. The National Association of Realtors’ index of pending home sales fell 2.
US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

US jobless claims at 730K, still high but fewest in 3 months

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell sharply last week in a sign that layoffs may have eased, though applications for aid remain at a historically high level.
German charged with passing parliament floor plans to Russia

German charged with passing parliament floor plans to Russia

BERLIN — A German man has been charged with espionage for allegedly passing information on properties used by the German parliament to Russian military intelligence, prosecutors said Thursday. The suspect, identified only as Jens F.
Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights

Semenya taking case to European Court of Human Rights

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Caster Semenya is going to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge “discriminatory” rules that prohibit her from competing in certain track events because of her high natural testosterone, her lawyers said Thursday.
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