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New home sales plunge 15.4% in March as virus hits

New home sales plunge 15.4% in March as virus hits

WASHINGTON — U.S. new home sales plunged 15.4% in March as the coronavirus-related shutdowns that began in the middle of the month began to rattle the housing market.
Prospects ready for their closeup on draft night from home

Prospects ready for their closeup on draft night from home

Yetur Gross-Matos would have liked to have been in Las Vegas for the NFL draft on Thursday night, but the Penn State defensive lineman is OK participating from home.
A teeming, violent pre-pandemic world in 'Extraction'

A teeming, violent pre-pandemic world in 'Extraction'

NEW YORK — The big-budget action thriller “Extraction” belongs, in many ways, to another world. It’s set in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
Biden campaign says it has refunded donation from Louis C.K.

Biden campaign says it has refunded donation from Louis C.K.

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden's presidential campaign said Wednesday that it has refunded a $2,800 donation from Louis C.K., a comedian and writer whose career was derailed after five women accused him of sexual misconduct.
Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood's go-to action directors

Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood's go-to action directors

Some of today's top action directors were first doubles for Brad Pitt, Neo and Wolverine.
Virus warnings back safety over tradition during Ramadan

Virus warnings back safety over tradition during Ramadan

ISLAMABAD — The coronavirus pandemic is cutting off the world’s 1.

White House shifts from raising alarms to reopening country

WASHINGTON — For weeks, the Trump administration played up the dangers of the coronavirus as it sought to persuade Americans to disrupt their lives and stay home.
Woods, Mickelson to stage TV match with Brady, Manning

Woods, Mickelson to stage TV match with Brady, Manning

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are ready for a made-for-TV rematch at a time when fans are craving live action. And this time, they'll have company.
California takes small step toward reopening amid outbreak

California takes small step toward reopening amid outbreak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov.

Asian shares rise moderately as oil prices recover

TOKYO — Asian shares rose moderately Thursday following a rally on Wall Street and even oil prices recovering from their recent plunge to zero. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.2% to 19,370.