US economy shrank 3.5% in 2020 after growing 4% last quarter

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Stuck in the grip of a viral pandemic, the U.S. economy grew at a 4% annual rate in the final three months of 2020 and shrank last year by the largest amount in 74 years. For 2020 as a whole, a year when the coronavirus inflicted the worst economic freeze since the end of World War II, the economy contracted 3.5% and clouded the outlook for the coming year. The economic damage followed the eruption of the pandemic 10 months ago and the deep recession it triggered, with tens of millions of Americans left jobless.last_img read more

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Ex-FBI lawyer given probation for Russia probe actions

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer has been sentenced to probation for altering an email the Justice Department relied on during its surveillance of an aide to President Donald Trump during the Russia investigation. Kevin Clinesmith at his sentencing hearing Friday apologized for doctoring the email about Carter Page’s relationship with the CIA. He said he was “truly ashamed” of what he had done. Prosecutors sought several months in prison for Clinesmith, but the judge said Clinesmith’s action was the only stain on his record and that he had already endured public vilification. The sentence is likely to disappoint Trump supporters, who claim the Russia probe was a witch hunt. The investigation resulted in charges against six Trump associates.last_img read more

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Police: Rapper Silento charged with murder in shooting death

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say the Atlanta rapper Silento has been arrested and charged with murder in the January shooting death of his 34-year-old cousin. Police in the Atlanta suburb of DeKalb County said Monday that the rapper whose legal name is Ricky Hawk was arrested and booked into jail. A police statement said he’s charged with murder in the Jan. 21 death of Frederick Rooks. Silento is known for his hit viral dance song “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).” It wasn’t immediately known if Hawk had an attorney who could comment for him.last_img read more

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Tigray opposition parties assert 50,000-plus civilian deaths

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A trio of opposition parties in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region estimates that more than 50,000 civilians have been killed in the three-month conflict, and they urge the international community to intervene before a “humanitarian disaster of biblical proportion will become a gruesome reality.” The statement does not say where the estimate comes from. No official death toll has emerged since the fighting began in early November between Ethiopian and allied forces and those of the Tigray region. Civilians have been dying from targeted attacks, crossfire and disease. New Tigray administrators appointed by Ethiopia have even warned people are starving to death.last_img read more

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Ex-ECB’s Draghi positioned to lead Italy after politics fail

first_imgROME (AP) — The president of Italy has summoned former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to a Wednesday meeting after announcing he wants the quick formation of a non-political government to lead Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing the nation Tuesday night, President Sergio Mattarella said negotiations to try to forge a new government out of the collapsed coalition of Premier Giuseppe Conte had failed. Mattarella said Italy can’t afford to suffer through a months-long campaign for parliamentary elections during the pandemic. He appealed to all parties to support formation of a non-political government. The 73-year-old Draghi was credited with a crucial role in saving Europe’s single currency, the euro.last_img read more

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