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China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak

BEIJING — A prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being investigated on suspicion of a “severe violation of discipline and law,” a joint government-party watchdog said.
Asian shares mostly lower on worries about pandemic damage

Asian shares mostly lower on worries about pandemic damage

TOKYO — Asian shares were mostly lower, gyrating in early Wednesday trading amid uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to claim more lives around the world. Japan's Nikkei 225 inched up 0.1% to 18,974.06 in morning trading.

7 Essential tracks from John Prine, folk music's Mark Twain

NEW YORK — Some people, the songs just come out of them. For nearly half a century, they tumbled out of John Prine like nothing.
Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73.
Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus

Trump shakes up press team as White House deals with virus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump shook up his communications team on Tuesday, replacing his press secretary and adding new staffers as he grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

Cardinal Pell welcomes court's dismissal of abuse conviction

CANBERRA, Australia — Cardinal George Pell welcomed Australia’s highest court clearing him of child sex crimes Tuesday and said his trial had not been a referendum on the Catholic Church’s handling of the clergy abuse crisis.
NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9-11 attacks

NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9-11 attacks

New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 3,200 Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center on 9-11 .

Court allows Texas to ban most abortions during virus crisis

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court sided Tuesday with Texas in allowing it to ban most abortions while the state is under an emergency order that limits non-essential surgeries during the coronavirus pandemic.
Court finds ex-Ecuador president guilty of corruption

Court finds ex-Ecuador president guilty of corruption

QUITO, Ecuador — An Ecuadorian court found former President Rafael Correa guilty of corruption Tuesday and sentenced him to eight years in prison, further sullying the legacy of one of the nation’s most enduring and polemic political leaders.
Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

Gaga raises $35M for virus fight, curates all-star TV event

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga and advocacy organization Global Citizen have raised $35 million to fight the coronavirus and will launch a TV special featuring Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Billie Eilish to combat the growing virus.