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US consumer borrowing up in June after 3 months of declines

US consumer borrowing up in June after 3 months of declines

WASHINGTON — The pandemic still has Americans easing off the plastic. U.S. consumer borrowing rose in June after three months of declines but the key category of credit card debt extended its decline.

Eminent scholar of early U.S., Bernard Bailyn, dies at 97

NEW YORK — Bernard Bailyn, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and educator of lasting influence whose “The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution” transformed how many thought about the country’s formation, has died at 97.
Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

Cuomo clears New York schools statewide to open, carefully

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic.
Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

WASHINGTON — Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W.

German nudist chases down boar who snatched his laptop

BERLIN — A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop.
China sentences fourth Canadian to death on drug charges

China sentences fourth Canadian to death on drug charges

BEIJING — China has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump has ordered a sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat on security grounds, a move China's government criticized as “political manipulation.
India surpasses 2 million cases as health volunteers strike

India surpasses 2 million cases as health volunteers strike

NEW DELHI — As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million confirmed cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wav

Adin Steinsaltz, groundbreaking Talmud translator, dies

JERUSALEM — Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, a prolific Jewish scholar who spent 45 years compiling a monumental and ground-breaking translation of the Talmud, has died. He was 83.
Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

JOHANNESBURG — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people.