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Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise

Virus outbreak disrupts joyous Purim fest but some improvise

NEW YORK — Purim is traditionally one of the most joyous Jewish holidays, but some celebrations in Israel and hard-hit parts of the United States are being scaled back or cancelled due to the coronavirus threat.
Asian stocks steady after plunge on virus, oil crash

Asian stocks steady after plunge on virus, oil crash

BEIJING — Asian stock markets rebounded Tuesday from record-setting declines after U.S.
NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare

NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scare

MIAMI — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all nonessential personnel, including media, in response to the coronavirus crisis, the leagues announced in a joint statement Mo
'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at age 90

'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at age 90

COPENHAGEN — Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and later to moviegoers everywhere when he played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,
Melania Trump cancels fundraiser, cites scheduling conflict

Melania Trump cancels fundraiser, cites scheduling conflict

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump has cancelled a California fundraiser set for later this month. Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, cited an unspecified “scheduling conflict” as the reason on Monday.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to run for Senate against Daines

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to run for Senate against Daines

HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Monday he will run against first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines, giving Democrats a boost in their effort to take control of the Senate in November.
Sudan PM says he survived 'terror attack' in capital

Sudan PM says he survived 'terror attack' in capital

CAIRO — Sudan's prime minister said Monday he survived a “terror attack” after an explosion and gunfire targeted his motorcade in the capital Khartoum.
Zeppelin wins latest battle of the bands in `Stairway' fight

Zeppelin wins latest battle of the bands in `Stairway' fight

LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court on Monday restored a jury verdict that found Led Zeppelin did not steal “Stairway to Heaven." The 9th U.S.
Madrid to close all schools for 2 weeks after virus spike

Madrid to close all schools for 2 weeks after virus spike

MADRID — Spain's health minister reported a sharp spike in coronavirus cases in and around Madrid and said all schools in the capital region, from kindergartens and universities, would close for two weeks starting Wednesday.
US begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says

US begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says

WASHINGTON — American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, the U.S. military confirmed Monday, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens the deal. Army Col.
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