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Asian shares rise moderately as oil prices recover

TOKYO — Asian shares rose moderately Thursday following a rally on Wall Street and even oil prices recovering from their recent plunge to zero. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.2% to 19,370.
Iran-US tensions rise on Trump threat, Iran satellite launch

Iran-US tensions rise on Trump threat, Iran satellite launch

WASHINGTON — Tensions between Washington and Tehran flared anew Wednesday as Iran's Revolutionary Guard conducted a space launch that could advance the country's long-range missile program and President Donald Trump threatened to “shoot down and dest
NKorea silence on Kim's health raises succession speculation

NKorea silence on Kim's health raises succession speculation

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — With North Korea saying nothing so far about outside media reports that leader Kim Jong Un may be unwell, there’s renewed worry about who’s next in line to run a nuclear-armed country that’s been ruled by the same family f
Moving past 'invisible enemy,' Trump nudges nation to reopen

Moving past 'invisible enemy,' Trump nudges nation to reopen

WASHINGTON — For weeks, the Trump administration played up the dangers of the coronavirus as it sought to convince Americans to disrupt their lives and stay home.
Think things are bad for airlines? It's about to get worse

Think things are bad for airlines? It's about to get worse

The biggest and most profitable U.S. airline just posted its first quarterly loss in more than five years. Now things are going to get really bad. Delta Air Lines Inc.
AP-NORC poll: Few Americans support easing virus protections

AP-NORC poll: Few Americans support easing virus protections

WASHINGTON — Americans remain overwhelmingly in favour of stay-at-home orders and other efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a new survey finds, even as small pockets of attention-grabbing protests demanding the lifting of such restrictions
Maryland's 'rock star' first lady delivers on virus tests

Maryland's 'rock star' first lady delivers on virus tests

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's first lady Yumi Hogan is already hugely popular in the state's Asian-American community.
Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before virus

Social Security and Medicare funds at risk even before virus

WASHINGTON — The financial condition of the government’s two biggest benefit programs remains shaky, with Medicare expected to become insolvent in just six years, while Social Security will be unable to pay full benefits starting in 2035, the governm
Charlize Theron launches initiative to fight gender violence

Charlize Theron launches initiative to fight gender violence

LOS ANGELES — Actress Charlize Theron and her foundation are committing $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts, with half of that dedicated to fighting gender-based violence resulting from the outbreak.
‘Ratatouille’ director Brad Bird joins TCM’s ‘Essentials’

‘Ratatouille’ director Brad Bird joins TCM’s ‘Essentials’

LOS ANGELES — Turner Classic Movies has enlisted “Ratatouille” and “The Iron Giant” director Brad Bird to program the latest 20-episode season of “The Essentials," the channel said Wednesday. Bird’s selections run the gamut of classic film offerings.