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A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

NEW YORK — Rocker Billy Idol is the face of an anti-idling campaign launched Thursday in New York City.
Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

Loughlin, Giannulli set for October trial in college scam

BOSTON — TV actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will go on trial in October on charges that they bribed their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California, a federal judge said Thursday.
Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

Trump urges calm even as US reports worrisome new virus case

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared that a widespread U.S. outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming.
Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big

Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big

NEW YORK — The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its sombre Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square Garden, performing the play for 18,000 school kids in an electric one-time-only performance that one actor called “primal.
US economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus threat looms

US economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus threat looms

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.1% in the final quarter of last year, but damage from the spreading coronavirus is likely depressing growth in the current quarter and for the rest of the year.

Ocasio-Cortez, Miranda use star power to promote NYC census

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is joining U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a public service announcement aimed at getting New Yorkers of all backgrounds, including immigrants, to participate in the once-a-decade head count.
Chloe sparkles as giant Paris fashion exhibit space opens

Chloe sparkles as giant Paris fashion exhibit space opens

PARIS — Chloe teemed with sparkling detailing at Paris Fashion Week Thursday.
Japan to close schools nationwide to control spread of virus

Japan to close schools nationwide to control spread of virus

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools nationwide on Thursday to close until late March to help control the spread of the new virus in the country. The request caught many local officials by surprise.
US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January

US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January

WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods dipped in January, pulled down by decreased demand for cars, auto parts and military aircraft. The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods slipped 0.
Tunisia approves government after months of deadlock

Tunisia approves government after months of deadlock

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia has a new government at last, after four months of arguing among rival parties in the young North African democracy.