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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.
South Korea, US postpone annual military drills due to virus

South Korea, US postpone annual military drills due to virus

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The South Korean and U.S.
Gunman kills 5 at Milwaukee brewery before taking own life

Gunman kills 5 at Milwaukee brewery before taking own life

MILWAUKEE — An employee opened fire Wednesday at one of the nation's largest breweries in Milwaukee, killing five fellow workers before taking his own life, police said.
UN: Rival Libyan politicians meet for peace talks in Geneva

UN: Rival Libyan politicians meet for peace talks in Geneva

CAIRO — Rival Libyan politicians met on Wednesday for U.N.-sponsored political talks in Geneva aimed at ending the latest round of fighting over the country's capital, Tripoli.
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 Wednesday 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.