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World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

BANGKOK — Saudi Arabia cut travel to Islam’s holiest sites, South Korea toughened penalties for those breaking quarantines and airports across Latin America looked for signs of sick passengers as a new virus troubled places around the globe.
Neighbours: Brewery gunman a 'gentleman'; no motive yet known

Neighbours: Brewery gunman a 'gentleman'; no motive yet known

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee electrician who police identified Thursday as the man who fatally shot five co-workers at one of the nation's largest breweries enjoyed building guns, according to neighbours .
In scramble to stop virus, testing raises tough questions

In scramble to stop virus, testing raises tough questions

NEW YORK — Health officials confronted tough questions and doubts Thursday about testing to intercept the fast-spreading virus, with scrutiny focused on a four-day delay in screening an infected California woman despite her doctors’ early calls to do

Utah university solicits transcriptions of brothel interview

OGDEN, Utah — Notes from a newspaper interview with a Utah brothel owner nearly 70 years ago have drawn widespread interest from people who want a shot at deciphering the cryptic shorthand.
Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after rape claim

PARIS — Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars — where his latest movie leads this year's nominations — because of protests prompted by a new rape accusation against him.
Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of 'The Way Back'

Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of 'The Way Back'

NEW YORK — Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor. Recovery is often described as a process of removing a damaging habit from your life.
Plácido Domingo revises apology, as Spain drops more shows

Plácido Domingo revises apology, as Spain drops more shows

SAN FRANCISCO — Opera star Placido Domingo amended his apology to the multiple women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, adding several caveats Thursday to a statement two days earlier in which he said he took “full responsibility” for his act

Ben Affleck on the pain and catharsis of 'The Way Back'

NEW YORK — Of the many stories that have stuck with Ben Affleck from his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, one has especially resonated for the actor. Recovery is often described as a process of removing a damaging habit from your life.

9 Turkish soldiers killed in northeast Syria air strike

ANKARA, Turkey — Nine Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike in northeast Syria late Thursday, a Turkish official said.
A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

A rebel yell: Billy Idol stars in New York anti-idling ads

NEW YORK — Rocker Billy Idol is the face of an anti-idling campaign launched Thursday in New York City.