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US slashes aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo visit to Kabul

US slashes aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo visit to Kabul

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is slashing $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan and threatening further reductions in all forms of co-operation after the country's rival leaders failed to agree on forming a new government.
PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires

PG&E to plead guilty to lethal crimes in 2018 wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas & Electric will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for a swath of death and destruction left behind after its fraying electrical grid ignited a 2018 wildfire that destroyed three Northern California
Italy records smaller increase in virus cases for 2nd day

Italy records smaller increase in virus cases for 2nd day

ROME — Italy has recorded a smaller day-to-day increase in new coronavirus cases for the second straight day, officials said Monday while cautioning it was too soon to know if the worst is behind the country with the world's second-biggest caseload.

U-M president seeks firing of professor facing sex charges

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Regents at the University of Michigan are expected to consider a recommendation from its president that the school fire an opera singer and tenured professor facing sexual assault charges.

NY Philharmonic cancels season, cuts orchestra salaries

NEW YORK — The New York Philharmonic cancelled the rest of its season and a 10-concert European tour due to the new coronavirus, estimating it will have $10 million in operating losses to its $87 million annual budget because of the pandemic.
Ruchika Tomar wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

Ruchika Tomar wins PEN/Hemingway Award for debut novel

NEW YORK — Ruchika Tomar's “A Prayer for Travelers” has won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best debut novel, an honour previously given to Marilynne Robinson, Tommy Orange and Yiyun Li among others.
AP Exclusive: Allen has new publisher, memoir out Monday

AP Exclusive: Allen has new publisher, memoir out Monday

NEW YORK — Woody Allen's memoir, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home, The Associated Press has learned. The 400-page book, still called “Apropos of Nothing,” was released Monday by Arcade Publishing.
Ex-Scottish leader acquitted on all sex crimes charges

Ex-Scottish leader acquitted on all sex crimes charges

LONDON — Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond was acquitted Monday of a series of sexual offences , including one of attempted rape.
Merkel negative in 1st virus test; more to be done

Merkel negative in 1st virus test; more to be done

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said Monday that the German leader has tested negative for the new coronavirus.
Plague as art: Over the centuries, many kinds of stories

Plague as art: Over the centuries, many kinds of stories

NEW YORK — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power.