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US construction spending edges up tiny 0.1% in July

US construction spending edges up tiny 0.1% in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending edged up a tiny 0.1% in July, breaking a string of losses due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department reported that the slight July gain followed a 0.5% decline in June.
R&B singer Akon moves ahead with 'Akon City' in Senegal

R&B singer Akon moves ahead with 'Akon City' in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal — American R&B singer Akon is moving ahead with plans to create a futuristic pan-African city, announcing Monday that construction will begin next year on the $6 billion project despite global tourism's uncertain future.
20 new sexual assault counts filed against adult film actor

20 new sexual assault counts filed against adult film actor

LOS ANGELES — Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged Monday with 20 new counts of rape or sexual assault involving 12 women and a teenage girl, authorities said.

Survey: US factories grow in August for third straight month

WASHINGTON — American factories expanded at a faster pace last month, continuing a rebound from the coronavirus recession.
Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry announce birth of daughter Lyra

Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry announce birth of daughter Lyra

LONDON — Ed Sheeran and his wife, Cherry, have announced the birth of their daughter, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. The singer-songwriter said in an Instagram post that the couple’s “beautiful and healthy daughter” was born last week.
5 Things to Know for Today

5 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1.
Russia's virus cases exceed 1 million, globally 4th highest

Russia's virus cases exceed 1 million, globally 4th highest

MOSCOW — Russia's tally of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 1 million on Tuesday as authorities reported 4,729 new cases. With a total of 1,000,048 reported cases, Russia has the fourth largest caseload in the world after the U.S.

2 Saudi royals, others officials investigated for fraud

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia's top military commander in its yearslong war in Yemen and his prince son have been removed from their posts along with other officials as part of an anti-corruption investigation, the kingdom said early Tue
Liberty announces investigation into Falwell's tenure

Liberty announces investigation into Falwell's tenure

RICHMOND, Va. — Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.
Macron starts Lebanon trip by meeting iconic Lebanese diva

Macron starts Lebanon trip by meeting iconic Lebanese diva

BEIRUT — French President Emmanuel Macron returned to Lebanon on Monday, a country in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, for a two-day visit and a schedule packed with events and political talks aimed at charting a way out for the country.