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US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

US consumers rebound to boost spending 2.4% as income jumps

WASHINGTON — Bouncing back from months of retrenchment, America's consumers stepped up their spending by a solid 2.

Explosion strikes Israeli-owned ship in Mideast amid tension

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An explosion struck an Israeli-owned cargo ship sailing out of the Middle East on Friday, an unexplained blast renewing concerns about ship security amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran.
Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, French bulldogs stolen in LA

Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, French bulldogs stolen in LA

LOS ANGELES — Lady Gaga's dog walker was shot and two of the singer's French bulldogs were stolen in Hollywood during an armed robbery, police said. The singer is offering a $500,000 reward.
Prince Harry raps 'Fresh Prince,' says he didn't walk away

Prince Harry raps 'Fresh Prince,' says he didn't walk away

LONDON — Prince Harry, who decamped from England to Southern California last year, rapped the theme song to the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” during a late-night talk show appearance in which he said he didn’t walk away from his royal du

Hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls taken in mass abduction

LAGOS, Nigeria — Gunmen abducted 317 girls from a boarding school in northern Nigeria on Friday, police said, the latest in a series of mass kidnappings of students in the West African nation.
IS bride loses bid to return to UK to fight for citizenship

IS bride loses bid to return to UK to fight for citizenship

LONDON — A woman who ran away from London as a teenager to join the Islamic State group lost her bid Friday to return to the U.K. to fight for the restoration of her citizenship, which was revoked on national security grounds.
2 US Navy warships in Mideast hit by coronavirus outbreaks

2 US Navy warships in Mideast hit by coronavirus outbreaks

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Two U.S. Navy warships operating in the Mideast have been struck by coronavirus outbreaks, authorities said Friday, with both returning to port in Bahrain.
US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

WASHINGTON — The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups.
McConnell says he'd support Trump if he wins 2024 nomination

McConnell says he'd support Trump if he wins 2024 nomination

WASHINGTON — Less than a month after excoriating Donald Trump in a blistering floor speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he would “absolutely” support the former president again if he secured the Republican nomination in
COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

COVID-19 bill must drop minimum wage hike, arbiter decides

WASHINGTON — The Senate parliamentarian dealt a potentially lethal blow Thursday to Democrats’ drive to hike the minimum wage, deciding that the cherished progressive goal must fall from a $1.