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Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions

Appeals court clears Harvard of racial bias in admissions

BOSTON — Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that offers relief to other colleges that consider race in admissions, but also sets the stage for a potential review by an
Canadian singer The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

Canadian singer The Weeknd to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show

LOS ANGELES — Canadian singer The Weeknd will bring his popular falsetto vocals to the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the three-time Grammy Award winner will be the headline performer on Feb.
UN migration agency: 74 drown after boat capsizes near Libya

UN migration agency: 74 drown after boat capsizes near Libya

CAIRO — At least 74 migrants drowned after their Europe-bound ship capsized off the coast of Libya on Thursday, the U.N.'s migration agency said, in the latest in a series of at least eight shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean since last month.
Police stumped by theft of rare tree in Wisconsin capital

Police stumped by theft of rare tree in Wisconsin capital

MADISON, Wis. — Police are stumped by the theft of a rare pine tree from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. The 25-foot Algonquin Pillar Swiss Mountain pine was sawed down sometime between Nov. 5 and Nov.
Ghana's former president Jerry Rawlings dies at 73

Ghana's former president Jerry Rawlings dies at 73

ACCRA, Ghana — Ghana’s former president Jerry Rawlings, who staged two coups and later led the West African country's transition to a stable democracy, has died, according to the state’s Radio Ghana and the president. Rawlings was 73.
709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a further sign that the job market might be slowly healing.
Memoir by Sen. Tammy Duckworth coming out March 30

Memoir by Sen. Tammy Duckworth coming out March 30

NEW YORK — Sen. Tammy Duckworth has written a memoir, “Every Day Is a Gift,” which comes out March 30. Twelve, a Hachette Book Group imprint, announced the deal with Sen.
Jane Fonda celebrates 25 years of Georgia-based non-profit

Jane Fonda celebrates 25 years of Georgia-based non-profit

ATLANTA — Jane Fonda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Georgia-based non-profit organization she founded to prevent teenage pregnancies.
Man in accident steals car of good Samaritan in Puerto Rico

Man in accident steals car of good Samaritan in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A man who was in a traffic accident stole the car of a good Samaritan who had stopped to help him, Puerto Rico police said Thursday.
US consumer prices unchanged in October, lowest in 5 months

US consumer prices unchanged in October, lowest in 5 months

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in October, the lowest reading in five months, suggesting that a price spike over the summer is beginning to fade as coronavirus cases spread. The flat reading for last month followed a gain of 0.