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Perfectionist. Genius. Icon. That Was Stephen Sondheim

By Mark Kennedy | Saturday Nov 27, 2021
A driven, obsessive purist, Sondheim was also a magician, creating lyrics and music to such towering shows as "A Little Night Music," "Into the Woods," "Company," "Follies" and "Sunday in the Park with George."

Dutch Government Apologies for Discredited Transgender Law

Saturday Nov 27, 2021
The Dutch government apologized for a scrapped law that required transgender people to undergo surgery and sterilization if they wanted to change their birth certificate gender.

Thai Chain's Cannabis Pizza: Trendy, But Won't Get You High

By Chalida Ekvittayavechnukul | Saturday Nov 27, 2021
One of Thailand's major fast food chains has been promoting its "Crazy Happy Pizza." It's legal but won't get you high.

Shippers Prepare for Another Pandemic Crush of Holiday Gifts

By David Sharp | Saturday Nov 27, 2021
Low product inventories, and port and supply chain disruptions are creating new uncertainty about getting gifts delivered.

FDA: Merck COVID Pill Effective, Experts Will Review Safety

By Matthew Perrone | Saturday Nov 27, 2021
Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus.

Barbra Streisand, Lea Salonga, More Mourn Stephen Sondheim

Saturday Nov 27, 2021
Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Jackman and other celebrities honored Stephen Sondheim via social media.

High Alert: World Scurries to Contain New COVID Variant

By Mike Corder, Pan Pylas | Saturday Nov 27, 2021
New restrictions were being slapped on travel from countries in southern Africa by the hour as the world scurried Saturday to contain a new COVID variant.

Towering Musical Theater Master Stephen Sondheim Dies at 91

By Mark Kennedy | Friday Nov 26, 2021
Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He w

New Omicron Variant Stokes World Fears, Triggers Travel Bans

By Raf Casert | Friday Nov 26, 2021
The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meetings to weigh the exact risks, which were largely unknown.

Egypt Unveils Renovated 'Avenue of the Sphinxes' in Luxor

By Haggag Salama | Friday Nov 26, 2021
Egyptian authorities were unveiling Thursday a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country's archaeological treasures.

Chris Diamantopoulos Builds A Hot Career, On Screen and Off

By Alicia Rancilio | Friday Nov 26, 2021
When you see Chris Diamantopoulos on screen, you may get a sense of déjà vu. The actor regularly pops up in movies and TV shows as a variety of characters, and he's fine if you find yourself trying to place where you've seen him before.

Explainer: What is this New COVID Variant in South Africa?

By Maria Cheng | Friday Nov 26, 2021
South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus this week that they say is behind a recent spike in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, the country's most populous province.

Stores Kick Off Black Friday but Pandemic Woes Linger

By Anne d'Innocenzio | Friday Nov 26, 2021
Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy

World Takes Action as New Variant Emerges in Southern Africa

By Raf Casert | Friday Nov 26, 2021
A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant.

Afghan Girl From Famous Cover Portrait Is Evacuated To Italy

Friday Nov 26, 2021
National Geographic magazine's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" has arrived in Italy as part of the West's evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said Thursday.

South African Scientists Detect New Virus Variant Amid Spike

By Andrew Meldrum and Mogomotsi Magom | Friday Nov 26, 2021
A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province,

Biden Wishes Americans Happy, Closer-To-Normal Thanksgiving

By Darlene Superville | Friday Nov 26, 2021
President Joe Biden on Thursday wished Americans a happy and closer-to-normal Thanksgiving, the second celebrated in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, in remarks welcoming the resumption of holiday traditions by millions of U.S. families.

Their Own Words May Have Doomed Men Who Killed Ahmaud Arbery

By Russ Bynum and Kate Brumbac | Thursday Nov 25, 2021
The video of Ahmaud Arbery's shotgun death was a shocking piece of evidence that suddenly brought the Black man's killing into the national consciousness.

Court Revives Lawsuit Of Teacher Fired For Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday Nov 25, 2021
A lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school in Indianapolis for being in a same-sex marriage can proceed, a state appeals court ruled.

Ahmad Arbery's Mom: Thankful for Justice and Son's Legacy

By Rodrique Ngowi and Jeffrey Collins | Thursday Nov 25, 2021
Ahmaud Arbery's mother woke up Thursday with a new, very important blessing on Thanksgiving Day.

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