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Looking to leave Twitter? Here are the social networks seeing new users now

Ever since Elon Musk bought Twitter in October, many users of the social media platform have discussed taking their musings elsewhere — and some have actually done it.

Tracy Allard

Give a round of app-paws for the 3 new breeds in the National Dog Show

Thanksgiving is a couch lover's dream. There's the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, football face-offs, heartwarming holiday ads and, of course, the National Dog Show.

This year, the American Kennel Club (AKC) approved three new breeds to compete in the National Dog Show: the Bracco Italiano, the Russian toy and the mudi.

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Why some Brazilians won't be wearing their national soccer colors for the World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO — It's probably the most recognized soccer shirt out there: the canary yellow with bright green trim. Brazil has worn it during all five of its record World Cup titles. But at home, the national colors have been steeped in controversy ever since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro adopted them as the emblem of his brand of nationalist politics.

Come for the free cookies, stay for the shopping

This Small Business Saturday, expect free cookies, loyalty rewards and holiday cheer. But maybe not deep discounts.

For small business owners, surviving the past few years of lockdown, empty stores and supply chain shortages has been no small feat.

Now there's another beast rearing it's head: inflation.

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Tow truck driver leads a nomadic and hectic life in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian

ESTERO, Fla., — Hurricane Ian ruined hundreds of thousands of vehicles in South Florida this fall. They were found tossed, submerged and drying out on roads, barrier islands, canals, garages and driveways. It was a bonanza for tow truck drivers, who got inundated with work, lifting and moving wrecked and waterlogged vehicles.


China expands lockdowns as COVID-19 cases hit daily record

BEIJING — Pandemic lockdowns are expanding across China, including in a city where factory workers clashed this week with police, as the number of COVID-19 cases hits a daily record.

Residents of eight districts of Zhengzhou, home to 6.6 million people, were told to stay home for five days beginning Thursday except to buy food or get medical treatment. Daily mass testing was ordered in what the city government called a "war of annihilation" against the virus.


Gone in 9 minutes: How a Celtic gold heist unfolded in Germany

BERLIN — Thieves who broke into a southern German museum and stole hundreds of ancient gold coins got in and out in nine minutes without raising the alarm, officials said Wednesday, in a further sign that the heist was the work of organized criminals.

Police have launched an international hunt for the thieves and their loot, consisting of 483 Celtic coins and a lump of unworked gold that were discovered during an archeological dig near the present-day town of Manching in 1999.


From prisoner to prime minister, Malaysia's Anwar had long ride to top

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — More than two decades after his dramatic ouster from government and imprisonment, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim finally has his day.

Anwar was named Malaysia's 10th prime minister by the nation's king Thursday, trumping a Malay nationalist leader to clinch the top job after divisive general elections led to a hung Parliament.

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Alessandro Michele is stepping down as Gucci's creative director

Alessandro Michele is stepping down as Gucci's creative director, the company announced Wednesday.

Michele, who has been with Gucci for 20 years, assumed the role in 2015. Before becoming creative director, he was in the company's shoe and accessories department.


Georgia's highest court reinstates ban on abortions after 6 weeks

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday reinstated the state's ban on abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy, abruptly ending access to later abortions that had resumed days earlier.

In a one-page order, the justices put a lower court ruling overturning the ban on hold while they consider an appeal. Abortion providers who had resumed performing the procedure past six weeks again had to stop.