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This image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Black Panther." (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)
February 18, 2018 - 12:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Already a much-celebrated pop-culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. The Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales in North America over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That...
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This image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Black Panther." (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)
February 18, 2018 - 11:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too. Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales over the weekend. That makes "Black Panther" the...
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In this Feb. 13, 2018, photo, Morris Robinson, who plays Porgy, and Talise Trevigne, who plays the role of Bess, rehearse "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. A restored edition of the pioneering, enduring American opera gets a test-drive Saturday, feb. 17 in Michigan en route to a planned, official debut in 2020 by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff Karoub)
February 16, 2018 - 11:44 am
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera emerges at a time its racial and social themes are as relevant as the era in which it premiered. The long-in-the-works "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" gets a test-drive Saturday in Michigan en route to a planned,...
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A performer from Mocidade samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 12, 2018 - 11:01 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro's most storied samba schools Monday night as Carnival celebrations across the country continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and pushing social boundaries. Pabllo Vittar will perform with Beija-Flor de...
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A performer from Mocidade samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 12, 2018 - 10:26 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro's most storied samba schools as Brazil's Carnival celebrations continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and pushing social boundaries. Singer Pabllo Vittar is performing Monday night with the Beija-Flor de...
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February 08, 2018 - 4:09 pm
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The summer home of the late billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller on Maine's Mount Desert Island has sold for $19 million. The real estate company that handled the sale declined on Thursday to identify the buyer, who paid the asking price. A limited-liability...
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February 06, 2018 - 4:27 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A policy intended to protect against the illegal trade of ivory has prompted an online sales website to cancel accounts held by Alaska Native artists, who can legally use ivory in their artwork. U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan asked the chief executive officer of Etsy to reconsider...
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File - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the fountains of Bellagio erupt along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. The union representing hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a 'panic button' as part of their new contracts. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the request to the bargaining table next month on behalf of 14,000 housekeepers who work on the Las Vegas Strip and the destination's downtown area. The push comes amid the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment and is in line with ordinances recently approved in other cities. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 24, 2018 - 10:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The union representing tens of thousands of hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a "panic button" as it begins negotiating new contracts amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the...
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File - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the fountains of Bellagio erupt along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. The union representing hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a 'panic button' as part of their new contracts. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the request to the bargaining table next month on behalf of 14,000 housekeepers who work on the Las Vegas Strip and the destination's downtown area. The push comes amid the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment and is in line with ordinances recently approved in other cities. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
January 24, 2018 - 4:20 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The union representing tens of thousands of hotel workers in Las Vegas will ask casino-resort operators to give every housekeeper a "panic button" as it begins negotiating new contracts amid the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct. Leaders of the Culinary Union will bring the...
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Town Manager Tom Kawczynski sits in the Jackman, Maine, town hall on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, before a select board meeting over his publicly espoused white separatist views. The Jackman Select Board voted unanimously to dismiss him, announcing the decision after a closed-door executive session with Kawczynski, who had been the town's top administrator since June. (Jake Bleiberg/The Bangor Daily News via AP)
January 23, 2018 - 1:32 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A northern Maine town manager who espoused white separatist views was fired on Tuesday and is getting $30,000 for agreeing not to sue the town. The selectmen in the rural town of Jackman announced the decision after a closed-door executive session with Tom Kawczynski, the...
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