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Boston Marathon cancelled for 1st time in 124-year history

BOSTON — The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in its 124-year history. Organizers said Thursday that they instead will have a “virtual event” in which participants who verify that they ran 26.
Winfrey, Pitt part of Grammys special for essential workers

Winfrey, Pitt part of Grammys special for essential workers

NEW YORK — The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honour essential workers across America.
Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp as new CEO

Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp as new CEO

NEW YORK — Jonathan Karp, who has worked with authors ranging from Sen. Edward Kennedy to Susan Orlean, has been named the new CEO of Simon & Schuster. He replaces Carolyn Reidy, who died two weeks ago.
Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

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Moscow updates coronavirus statistics to show more deaths

Moscow updates coronavirus statistics to show more deaths

MOSCOW — Health officials in Moscow updated their figures on coronavirus deaths Thursday, seeking to dispel doubts about Russia's comparatively low COVID-19 death toll.
Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

Chinese lawmakers endorse Hong Kong national security law

BEIJING — China’s legislature endorsed a national security law for Hong Kong on Thursday that has strained relations with the United States and Britain and prompted new protests in the territory.

Algeria recalls envoy to France over public TV documentaries

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria has recalled its ambassador to France for consultations after French public television aired documentaries on the North African country’s anti-government protest movement, one of which contained shots of young people kissin
Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack

Germany confronts Russian ambassador over cyberattack

BERLIN — Germany said Thursday it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence.
Orders for US big-ticket factory goods drop 17.2% in April

Orders for US big-ticket factory goods drop 17.2% in April

WASHINGTON — U.S. orders for big-ticket factory goods plunged for the second straight month in April as the coronavirus pandemic hammered the economy. The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods dropped 17.
Nissan to close Indonesia, Spain auto plants after losses

Nissan to close Indonesia, Spain auto plants after losses

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Nissan plans to close auto plants in Spain and Indonesia after sinking into the red for the first time in 11 years as the pandemic squashed global demand and disrupted production.