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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, a Target employee places a curbside pickup purchase into the trunk of a customer in Jackson, Miss. The nation’s largest retail trade group says Friday, Jan. 15, 2021,  that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Retail group: holiday sales up 8.3% amid big spending shift

Jan. 15, 2021 3:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s largest retail trade group said Friday that holiday sales soared 8.3%, far exceeding its forecast even as the coronavirus kept shoppers away from physical stores. The National Retail Federation had expected growth in a range of 3.6% to 5.2% for the November and December...

A sale sign is displayed near the entrance of a Hallmark store Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.  Retail sales fell for a third straight month, as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores and restaurants during the holiday shopping season.     The report released Friday is yet another sign that the pandemic is slowing the U.S. economy. Last month, the country lost jobs for the first time since the spring.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

U.S. retail sales fell in December for 3rd straight month

Jan. 15, 2021 12:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on spending in December for the third-straight month as a surge in virus cases kept people away from stores during the critical holiday shopping season. The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in December from the month...

In this image provided by Sun Literary Arts, Amanda Gorman, 22, is poses for a photo on Jan. 14, 2019. The country's next inaugural poet is an old pro at ceremonial occasions — and she's only 22. Amanda Gorman has written for everything from a July 4 celebration featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra to the inauguration at Harvard University for school president Larry Bacon. (Kelia Anne/Sun Literary Arts via AP)

Poet Amanda Gorman, 22, will read at Biden inaugural

Jan. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — At age 22, poet Amanda Gorman, chosen to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, already has a history of writing for official occasions. "I have kind of stumbled upon this genre. It's been something I find a lot of emotional reward in, writing something I can make people...

Vacation of Denver mayor prompts complaint to ethics board

Jan. 14, 2021 6:07 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Denver woman has filed a complaint against Mayor Michael Hancock, who flew to visit family for Thanksgiving despite sending messages on social media and to city staff asking them to avoid travel. The complaint filed by Tonia Wilson with the city's Ethics Board said the mayor's actions were...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, shoppers take purchases to their vehicle in the parking lot of a Target store in Marlborough, Mass.  Target’s strong sales streak extended through the holiday season, as shoppers snapped up everything from clothing to home goods during the pandemic. The Minneapolis company reported Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that its online sales surged 102% for the November and December period. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Target continues to thrive in whirlwind retail environment

Jan. 13, 2021 6:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's strong sales streak extended through a pandemic-shrouded holiday season after a hard push online and an increased effort to provide alternatives to customers who are trying to minimize risk. The retailer reported Wednesday that online sales surged 102% between November and...

A maintenance worker wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks outside of an office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the annual Lunar New Year festival, as the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic originally broke out in Wuhan a year ago. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China pandemic control goes rural ahead of Lunar New Year

Jan. 13, 2021 6:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is concentrating its pandemic prevention efforts in the rural areas as officials urge people to not travel home for the Lunar New Year festival while the country combats its most serious latest outbreak of COVID-19. Authorities said Wednesday local clinics and hospitals in villages...

Forest Service announces free dates in 2021

Jan. 13, 2021 4:51 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — The Daniel Boone National Forest has announced that it will waive fees on several dates in 2021. Fees will be waived at most recreation areas and day-use sites as well as some campgrounds, the Forest Service said in a statement. The dates include Jan. 18 in observance of Martin...

Seema Rajgarh, 37, hawks jewelry made of beads and stones on nearly deserted Utorda beach in South Goa, India,, Dec.16, 2020. On good days during the holiday season, the mother of three girls, the youngest not yet two years old, said she used to make 2,000 rupees ( $27). Now, times are bleak.

Indian partying hotspot Goa counts losses, braces for change

Jan. 13, 2021 4:29 AM EST

GOA, India (AP) — The sun’s golden rays fall on Goa’s smooth, sandy beaches every evening, magical as ever but strangely quiet and lonely. This holiday season, few visitors are enjoying the celebrated sunsets in the Indian party hotspot. The unspoken fear of the coronavirus is sapping...

Tourists stroll on the shore of Xcalacoco beach in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 202, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Quintana Roo, the country's tourism crown jewel, home to Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Tulum, received more than 900,000 tourists spanning the end of 2020 and the start of 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)

Mexico sees holiday bump in tourism amid pandemic surge

Jan. 12, 2021 1:21 PM EST

TULUM, Mexico (AP) — The friends from Jackson, Mississippi, relaxed on lounge chairs dug into a white sand beach and romped in the turquoise Caribbean waters, grateful for a break from the pandemic winter in the United States. They were among tens of thousands of American tourists who descended on Mexico's...

A patient wearing an oxygen mask is treated in a makeshift emergency unit at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, which is battling an ever-increasing number of Covid-19 patients. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa struggles with post-holiday spike in COVID-19

Jan. 11, 2021 2:43 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is struggling to cope with a spike in COVID-19 cases that has already overwhelmed many hospitals, as people returning from widespread holiday travel have spread the country's more infectious coronavirus variant. Of particular concern is Gauteng province, the country's most...