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2 passengers, puppy exit NYC flight via slide before takeoff

2 passengers, puppy exit NYC flight via slide before takeoff

NEW YORK — A Delta flight out of New York City was halted after a Florida couple travelling with a Great Dane puppy fled the aircraft with the pet using an emergency slide, an airline spokesperson and authorities said Tuesday.
Louis Vuitton yoga mat made of leather draws Hindu complaint

Louis Vuitton yoga mat made of leather draws Hindu complaint

BOSTON — A Hindu activist is calling on luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton to pull a yoga mat made partly from cowhide leather, calling it “hugely insensitive.
Russia sends 300 instructors to Central African Republic

Russia sends 300 instructors to Central African Republic

MOSCOW — Russia said Tuesday it has sent 300 military instructors to the Central African Republic to help train its army that's facing an offensive by rebel groups ahead of elections.
Congress approves bill to crack down on racehorse doping

Congress approves bill to crack down on racehorse doping

WASHINGTON — A bill to ban race-day doping of horses and set national medication and track-safety standards for the horse-racing industry is nearing the finish line.
New trial date set for R Kelly's federal trial in Chicago

New trial date set for R Kelly's federal trial in Chicago

CHICAGO — A federal judge on Tuesday again delayed R.
South Carolina governor tests positive for the coronavirus

South Carolina governor tests positive for the coronavirus

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has tested positive for the coronavirus and was slated to receive outpatient antibody treatment for “mild symptoms,” his office said Tuesday.
Nov. existing home sales fall 2.5%, following record summer

Nov. existing home sales fall 2.5%, following record summer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The market for existing homes cooled slightly in November, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday, after climbing through the late spring, summer and early fall despite the pandemic. Existing home sales fell 2.
Q3 GDP estimate gets a slight upgrade to 33.4% growth

Q3 GDP estimate gets a slight upgrade to 33.4% growth

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a record 33.4% annual pace from July through September, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, delivering the last of three estimates on the economy’s third-quarter performance.
US consumer confidence tumbles in crucial holiday season

US consumer confidence tumbles in crucial holiday season

SILVER SPRING, Md. — A closely-watched gauge for U.S. consumer confidence tumbled to a reading of 88.6 in December as rising coronavirus cases dragged American optimism to its lowest level since summer.
Pedro Pascal dons different armour for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Pedro Pascal dons different armour for ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

When Pedro Pascal started to think about his “Wonder Woman 1984” villain Max Lord, one name came to mind: Gordon Gekko.