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New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight 'inflation storm'

May. 19, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s government said Thursday it will hand out an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million lower-income adults to help them navigate what it describes as “the peak of the global inflation storm.” The payments are part of a...

Shanghai to reopen subways in easing of COVID restrictions

May. 19, 2022 02:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The locked-down Chinese metropolis of Shanghai will reopen four of its 20 subway lines Sunday as it slowly eases pandemic restrictions that have kept most residents in their housing complexes for more than six weeks. The city will also restart 273 bus lines...

LEADING OFF: Mets' Scherzer set for MRI on sore left side

May. 19, 2022 02:14 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on today: ___ MAX CONCERN Mets ace Max Scherzer is scheduled for an MRI a day after pulling himself from a start with discomfort in his left side. The three-time Cy Young Award winner signaled...

Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 00:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden departs on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own saber-rattling in...

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

May. 19, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader's lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms to...

North Korea's suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

May. 19, 2022 00:40 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also...

Chicago-born rookie Suwinski homers, lifts Pirates over Cubs

May. 19, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Jack Suwinski, who attended high school 20 minutes from Wrigley Field, hit a tiebreaking home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 3-2 Wednesday night, ending Chicago’s four-game winning streak. Suwinski made his major league debut this season and...

Japan records trade deficit as imports surge on energy costs

May. 18, 2022 22:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan recorded a trade deficit in April as imports ballooned 28% after energy prices soared following the war in Ukraine. Japan’s exports grew to 8.076 trillion yen ($63 billion) last month, up 12.5% from the previous year, according to Ministry of Finance data...

Buffalo shooter let some people see plans just before attack

May. 18, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

Shortly before he opened fire, the white gunman accused of killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket allowed a small group of people to see his detailed plans for the attack, which he had been chronicling for months in a private, online diary. Discord, the chat...

Francona back managing Guardians following COVID-19 outbreak

May. 18, 2022 18:58 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Guardians manager Terry Francona missed so much time over the past two seasons that even a four-game absence was difficult. “This was forced retirement,” he said. “It wasn’t very fun.” Francona and two of his coaches cleared health and...