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‘World’s loneliest elephant’ arrives safely in Cambodia

The pachyderm dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia on Monday by chanting Buddhist monks and was then sent on his way to a wildlife sanctuary.

How hard has COVID-19 hit American museums? A new survey predicts a grim future

LOS ANGELES – Eight months into the pandemic, the American Alliance of Museums on Tuesday released its second survey exploring the consequences of COVID-19, and predictions for the future are bleak. Many museums might not be able to rebound from the dire financial strain brought on by months of COVID-19.

U.S., Israel worked together to track and kill al-Qaida No. 2

WASHINGTON — The United States and Israel worked together to track and kill a senior al-Qaida operative in Iran earlier this year, a bold intelligence operation by the two allied nations that came as the Trump administration was ramping up pressure on Tehran.

`The books that help her through’: Winfrey suggests seven

NEW YORK — With Election Day approaching and the pandemic ongoing, Oprah Winfrey is setting aside her usual book club recommendations and instead citing seven personal favorites, ranging from James Baldwin's landmark essays in “The Fire Next Time” to Mary Oliver's poetry collection “Devotions.”

Some businesses opening, expanding despite pandemic hurdles

First there was taco night, then barbecue sandwiches, followed by meats by the pound — all splashy marketing events to generate buzz leading up to Proof BBQ's grand opening in the Cleveland suburbs. And then came coronavirus.

North Korea unveils new weapons at military parade

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that his country would “fully mobilize” its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a military parade that unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other weapons.

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions because of the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida.

Hiker found dead in North Cascades identified

Adam L. Johnson, 29, of Anacortes died Saturday while hiking Vesper Peak in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Tuesday.

UN failures on coronavirus underscore the need for reforms

UNITED NATIONS – The coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives has underscored the failure of the United Nations to bring countries together to defeat it, prompting renewed calls to reform the world body so that it can meet challenges far different – and more daunting – than those it faced at its birth.

Sony’s new $500 PlayStation 5 will launch Nov. 12

Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 video game console will cost $500 and launch Nov. 12, the company said Wednesday, setting up a holiday battle with Microsoft's Xbox Series X over whose new console will turn up under more trees this year.

Coronavirus shutdown threatens Mexico’s storied dance halls

MEXICO CITY – The Salon Los Angeles had been crowded every weekend since 1937 with couples twirling to mambo, cha-cha-cha, salsa and danzon. Everyone from slum-dwellers to movie stars and millionaires have danced at the fabled hall that boasts, “Anybody who hasn’t been to the Salon Los Angeles doesn’t know Mexico.”