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Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions

Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions

MADRID — Artists at one of Madrid’s best-known flamenco bars put on a final outdoor show Thursday, marking its closure after 140 years because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that have shuttered entertainment venues.

9 killed in army helicopter crash in eastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — A military helicopter crashed in eastern Turkey on Thursday, killing nine soldiers on board and injuring four others, the Defence Ministry said.

Powerful quake hits near New Zealand; tsunami warning issued

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Officials in New Zealand issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas after a shallow, powerful earthquake struck off its northeastern coast on Thursday night. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.
Productivity down 4.2%, largest decline in nearly 40 years

Productivity down 4.2%, largest decline in nearly 40 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity fell at an annual rate of 4.2% in the fourth quarter, the largest quarterly decline in nearly four decades. The revised figure released by the Labor Department Thursday was slightly smaller than the 4.
Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

NEW YORK — Paramount+ debuts Thursday as the latest — and last — streaming option from a major media company, this time from ViacomCBS.
Clooney, 'Billie Holiday' among AARP movie award honorees

Clooney, 'Billie Holiday' among AARP movie award honorees

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” “Minari,” “Da 5 Bloods” and “One Night in Miami” are among the films AARP is honouring at its annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the non-profit organization said Thursday.

Picture book based on 'American Anthem' to come out in June

NEW YORK — Composer Gene Scheer, whose song “American Anthem” was quoted by President Joe Biden during his inaugural address, is returning the favour .
US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

US jobless claims tick up to 745,000 as layoffs remain high

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving
Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

TOKYO — The demons are everywhere, sometimes spreading like purple slime, lurking, killing.
Police: Rapper OMB Peezy charged in music video shooting

Police: Rapper OMB Peezy charged in music video shooting

ATLANTA — An Alabama rapper was arrested in connection to a shooting at music video set in downtown Atlanta, authorities said.