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US hiring plunged in December even as job openings ticked up

US hiring plunged in December even as job openings ticked up

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers cut back sharply on hiring in December, particularly industries slammed by the pandemic such as restaurants and hotels, as virus infections soared and governments responded with tighter restrictions.
At Disney characters union, lawsuit seeks end to takeover

At Disney characters union, lawsuit seeks end to takeover

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Super Bowl on CBS draws audience of 96.4 million viewers

Super Bowl on CBS draws audience of 96.4 million viewers

NEW YORK — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ rout of the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl drew a total audience of 96.4 million viewers.
Paris Hilton says she was abused as teen at Utah school

Paris Hilton says she was abused as teen at Utah school

SALT LAKE CITY — Paris Hilton testified about abuse she says she suffered years ago at a boarding school in Utah, as she lobbied Monday for a bill seeking to regulate the state’s troubled teen industry.
Union leaders send Chicago schools reopening plan to members

Union leaders send Chicago schools reopening plan to members

CHICAGO — Leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union agreed Monday to let thousands of union members vote on a proposed deal to get students back into classes, clearing another hurdle in the fight to reopen the nation's third-largest school district amid
Myanmar junta imposes curfew, meeting bans as protests swell

Myanmar junta imposes curfew, meeting bans as protests swell

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s new military rulers on Monday signalled their intention to crack down on opponents of their takeover, issuing decrees that effectively banned peaceful public protests in the country’s two biggest cities.
Trump's trial starting: 'Grievous crime' or just 'theatre'?

Trump's trial starting: 'Grievous crime' or just 'theatre'?

WASHINGTON — The Senate launches Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial on Tuesday, with lawyers for the former president insisting he is not guilty of inciting mob violence at the Capitol to overturn the election while prosecutors say he m

South Dakota judge rejects amendment legalizing marijuana

PIERRE, S.D. — A South Dakota judge on Monday struck down a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized recreational marijuana after Gov. Kristi Noem's administration challenged it.
Alabama US Sen. Shelby announces he won't seek a 7th term

Alabama US Sen. Shelby announces he won't seek a 7th term

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby, the Senate’s fourth most senior member and a force in Alabama and national politics for more than four decades, announced Monday that he will not seek a seventh term in office.
Colombia will legalize undocumented Venezuelan migrants

Colombia will legalize undocumented Venezuelan migrants

BOGOTA — Colombia said Monday it will register hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants and refugees currently in the country without papers, in a bid to provide them with legal residence permits and facilitate their access to health care and leg