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In this Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, photo The Huntington's senior paintings conservator, Christina O'Connell, examines "The Blue Boy" painting, made around 1770 by the English painter Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), through a Haag-Streit surgical microscope at "Project Blue Boy" exhibit in the Thornton Portrait Gallery at The Huntington in San Marino, Calif. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 22, visitors to The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens can see conservator Christina O’Connell repair Thomas Gainsborough’s priceless portrait of a boy dressed all in blue. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
September 22, 2018 - 12:17 pm
SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — "Blue Boy" is getting a long-awaited makeover, and the public will be able to watch as one of the world's most iconic paintings receives a nip here, a tuck there and some splashes of fresh paint (blue presumably). Beginning Saturday, visitors to The Huntington Library, Art...
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September 22, 2018 - 12:01 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong has opened a new high-speed rail link to inland China that will vastly decrease travel times but which also raises concerns about Beijing's creeping influence over the semi-autonomous Chinese region. Costing upward of $10 billion and taking more than eight years to build...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a phone call as the walks through the chancellery to welcome Czech President Milos Zeman for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
September 21, 2018 - 10:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — A center-left party in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government wants to revisit a deal that saw the country's embattled domestic intelligence chief promoted to a new post. German media reported Friday that Social Democrats leader Andrea Nahles is responding to outrage among...
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September 21, 2018 - 10:00 am
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say a 23-year-old man killed his baby son by throwing the infant from the 7th floor of a high-rise building before jumping to his death. Police said Friday the man, who wasn't named, may have been suffering from "psychological problems." Officers were alerted by a passer...
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President Donald Trump, right, listens as Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, speaks during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 21, 2018 - 4:43 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president is fighting back against criticism at home over a photo posted by Donald Trump that some say shows the Polish leader in a subservient role during a White House visit. Trump tweeted photos of himself with President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, including one of...
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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he arrives at McCarran International Airport for a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 20, 2018 - 11:06 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump is in Las Vegas stumping for Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is in the fight of his career to keep his seat. Trump is praising Heller as "a champion" of workers, veterans and families and says he has "no better friend." Heller, who once said he "vehemently"...
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September 19, 2018 - 12:21 am
WATERVLIET, N.Y. (AP) — An Albany-area cemetery has received a grant from the Daughters of the American Revolution to restore the markers and monuments of hundreds of veterans. The DAR's Washington, D.C,-based national organization says it has donated $5,000 to St. Patrick's Cemetery in Watervliet...
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September 18, 2018 - 3:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog office announced his retirement Tuesday, leaving subordinates to pursue ongoing ethics probes involving former EPA chief Scott Pruitt and his team. Arthur A. Elkins Jr., inspector general for the agency since 2010...
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September 17, 2018 - 5:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal Air Force document says President Donald Trump's planned creation of a Space Force could cost nearly $13 billion in its first five years. The estimate is made in a memo written by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. She proposes pushing ahead with the transition to a...
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A demonstrator supporting Spanish unity shouts slogans towards Catalonian separatists during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Police in Barcelona had to intervene on Sunday to keep apart a group of Catalan separatists and a march of those who support Spanish unity. Police formed a barrier to keep the opposing groups from reaching one another when the separatists rallied in a downtown square where the march in favor of the increased teaching of Spanish in local schools had planned to finish. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
September 16, 2018 - 11:55 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Barcelona intervened Sunday to keep a group of Catalan separatists away from participants in a march supporting more teaching of Spanish in local schools and the greater cause of Spanish unity. Police formed a barrier to keep people on both sides from reaching the...
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