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Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself be
Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

Australian leader thrilled at Iran's release of academic

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australia's prime minister said he's “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie
Toronto police have person of interest in billionaire deaths

Toronto police have person of interest in billionaire deaths

Toronto police said Wednesday that they have identified a person of interest in the killing of Canadian drug company billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife nearly three years ago.
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who scored the “Hand of God” goal in 1986 and led his country to that year's World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.
Trump administration denies planned mine near Alaska fishery

Trump administration denies planned mine near Alaska fishery

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Trump administration on Wednesday effectively killed a contentious proposed mine in Alaska, a gold and copper prospect once envisioned to be nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon and could produce enough waste to fill an NFL stad
Trump refuses to accept Biden's win as transition proceeds

Trump refuses to accept Biden's win as transition proceeds

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed anew that he had won the election and uttered repeated falsehoods when he called into an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud.
UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

JERUSALEM — Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N.
As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

As economy struggles, Fed weighs boosting bond purchases

WASHINGTON — At their meeting earlier this month, Federal Reserve officials discussed possible future adjustments to the central bank's monthly bond purchases to boost the economy. The Fed on Wednesday released minutes of its Nov.

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster, create publishing giant

BERLIN — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry.

Mine explodes, damaging oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A mine in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia's coast near Yemen exploded and damaged an oil tanker Wednesday, authorities said, the latest incident targeting the kingdom amid its long war against Yemen's Houthi rebels.