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Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

NEW YORK — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of com
Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

Stocks have first back-to-back gains since sell-off began

BEIJING — Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after Wall Street gained as U.S. lawmakers wrangled over a proposed $2 trillion virus aid package. Market benchmarks in Tokyo and Shanghai declined. Australia and Southeast Asian markets gained.
New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

New York authorities mobilized to head off a potential public health disaster in the city Wednesday, with its emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale — for the rest of the country as U.S.
Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, died while in the custody of Iran, his family and administration officials said Wednesday.
Loughlin, Giannulli: College bribery charges must be tossed

Loughlin, Giannulli: College bribery charges must be tossed

BOSTON — “Full House” Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges against them in the college admissions bribery case, accusing prosecutors of “extraor
Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

Islamic State gunman kills 25 in attack on Sikhs in Kabul

KABUL — A lone Islamic State gunman rampaged through a Sikh house of worship in the heart of the Afghan capital Wednesday, killing 25 worshippers and wounding eight, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said.
First signs of housing disruption appear; a call for robots

First signs of housing disruption appear; a call for robots

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed as it continues to spread across the world.
Citing virus, Putin delays vote that would extend his rule

Citing virus, Putin delays vote that would extend his rule

MOSCOW — Citing the coronavirus, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday postponed a nationwide vote on proposed constitutional amendments that include a change potentially allowing him to stay in office until 2036.
Netanyahu ally resigns, deepening Israeli political turmoil

Netanyahu ally resigns, deepening Israeli political turmoil

JERUSALEM — Israel's parliament speaker abruptly resigned Wednesday, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and deepening the country's political turmoil as the embattled Israeli leader tries to cling to power amid a fast-spreading outbr
Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for new coronavirus

Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for new coronavirus

LONDON — Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.