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California doom: Staggering $54 billion budget deficit looms

California doom: Staggering $54 billion budget deficit looms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will have a budget shortfall of $54.3 billion because of the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus, Gov.
Texas salon owner jailed for defying governor's order freed

Texas salon owner jailed for defying governor's order freed

DALLAS — A Texas salon owner who was jailed for defying Republican Gov.
US consumer borrowing fell for first time since 2011

US consumer borrowing fell for first time since 2011

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer borrowing fell in March for the first time in more than eight years, with the category covering credit cards dropping by the largest amount in over three decades, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday.
'Let's Make a Deal' asks frontline staff to join its special

'Let's Make a Deal' asks frontline staff to join its special

NEW YORK — Wayne Brady and the folks at “Let's Make a Deal” want to honour those fighting the coronavirus — and they don't have to wear their capes if they don't want to.
La Scala opens virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown

La Scala opens virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown

Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday unveiled a virtual journey through its ornate premises and rich archives via Google Arts & Culture, with serendipitous timing as theatres throughout Italy and the western world remain closed due to t
Unanimous Supreme Court throws out 'Bridgegate' convictions

Unanimous Supreme Court throws out 'Bridgegate' convictions

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the convictions of two political insiders involved in the “Bridgegate” scandal that ultimately derailed the 2016 president bid of their ally, then-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Nintendo marks profit jump as people stay home amid pandemic

Nintendo marks profit jump as people stay home amid pandemic

TOKYO — Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. scored a 33% jump in annual profit, as people stuck at home turn to playing games.

2nd member of Turkish left-wing band dies of hunger strike

ANKARA, Turkey — A second member of a left-wing popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey has died of a hunger strike in protest of the government’s crackdown on the band, the group said Thursday on its Twitter account.

South Africa parliament video call hacked with pornography

JOHANNESBURG — A virtual meeting of South African lawmakers has been disrupted by hackers who flooded the video call with pornographic images.
Woman arraigned in killing of security guard over virus mask

Woman arraigned in killing of security guard over virus mask

FLINT, Mich. — A Michigan woman was formally charged Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a store security guard who refused to allow her daughter inside because she wasn’t wearing a face mask to protect against transmission of the coronavirus.