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US consumer spending up 5.6%, but virus could stall gains

US consumer spending up 5.6%, but virus could stall gains

WASHINGTON — American consumers increased their spending in June by a solid 5.6%, helping regain some of record plunge that occurred after the coronavirus struck hard in March and paralyzed the economy.
Alan Parker, director of "Midnight Express," dies at 76

Alan Parker, director of "Midnight Express," dies at 76

LONDON — Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said.
Wages and benefits grow at slowest pace in 3 years

Wages and benefits grow at slowest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON — Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose at the slowest pace in three years in the April-June quarter, a sign that businesses are holding back on pay as well as cutting jobs in the coronavirus recession. Pay and benefits increased 0.
Gaga, Grande top MTV VMA noms; quarantine categories added

Gaga, Grande top MTV VMA noms; quarantine categories added

NEW YORK — It’s raining nominations for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which will present new categories focused on live performances and music videos created at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Royal Court says King Salman discharged from hospital

Saudi Royal Court says King Salman discharged from hospital

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia's King Salman was discharged from a hospital in the capital Riyadh after more than a week following surgery to remove his gall bladder, the Royal Court said.
Former president who brought direct elections to Taiwan dies

Former president who brought direct elections to Taiwan dies

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui, who brought direct elections and other democratic changes to the self-governed island despite missile launches and other fierce saber-rattling by China, has died. He was 97.
Police: Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him

Police: Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him

CHICAGO — A carjacking suspect being led into a Chicago police station on Thursday shot three officers, who returned fire and shot him, authorities said. The officers and the gunman were rushed to a hospital, police spokesman Tom Ahern said.
Full appeals court agrees to wade into Michael Flynn case

Full appeals court agrees to wade into Michael Flynn case

WASHINGTON — The entire Washington-based federal appeals court is stepping into the legal dispute over former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn as it weighs whether a judge can be forced to dismiss a case that the Justice Department no lo
2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

NEW YORK — While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be levelling off.
Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid virus surge

Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid virus surge

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov.