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Review: ‘Black Panther’ is dazzling grand-scale filmmaking

  NEW YORK (AP) – The supposedly cosmically vast Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it’s called, spans planets peppered throughout the galaxy, but Ryan Coogler’s Earth-bound “Black Panther,” glittering and galvanizing, stands worlds apart. For those of us who have sometimes felt pummeled by the parade of previous Marvel movies, the …

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Spring break is more than ‘fly and flop’ vacations this year

  Spring break isn’t just about “fly and flop” anymore – heading to a beach where you lie in the sun all day drinking pina coladas. These days travelers want to balance relaxation with experiences, whether it’s tours that offer cultural immersion, yoga retreats or hiking adventures. Beach destinations remain …

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Young baritone makes promising ‘Elixir’ debut

  NEW YORK (AP) – Sgt. Belcore doesn’t get the girl in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” (“The Elixir of Love”), but Davide Luciano is OK with that. The Italian baritone is making his Metropolitan Opera (and U.S.) debut as the “other man” who threatens to take the heroine, Adina, away from …

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1,200 security workers at Pyeongchang tested for norovirus

  PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — About 1,200 people working security at the Pyeongchang Olympics are being kept in their rooms while they’re tested for norovirus. Lee Hee-beom, chairman of the Pyeongchang Olympics organizing committee, said Tuesday that they’ll be sequestered until they’re declared well. He says results of tests …

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Agnes Varda is happy, but not proud, of her Oscar nomination

  LOS ANGELES (AP) – Documentarian Agnes Varda is not only the oldest person ever nominated for an Academy Award, she’s the first woman to receive an honorary Oscar and a competitive nomination in the same season. And while she’s quite delighted by the recognition, the 89-year-old notes that she …

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Field Museum’s Sue is moving up to make way for titanosaur

  CHICAGO (AP) – Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found, is on the move. Chicago’s Field Museum on Monday began dismantling Sue and moving her from Stanley Field Hall where it’s been located since 2000 and placing it in a new exhibition space. Sue’s handler, Bill Simpson, says …

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High Fives and a black eye: Scenes from Oscar Nominees Lunch

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – The Oscar nominees luncheon brings together A-listers and rising stars – artists from every aspect of filmmaking – for an afternoon of celebration and mutual fandom. With little on the agenda other than posing for a group photo, Monday’s gathering was a chance for …

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Trump administration open to moving public land bosses west

  DENVER (AP) – From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing streams and hiking trails. But more …

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Detectives vie to re-interview husband in Natalie Wood death

  LOS ANGELES (AP) – Detectives want to re-interview Robert Wagner, the 87-year-old widower of Natalie Wood, as new details emerge that could lead authorities to solve the mystery of the actress’s death nearly four decades later. Wood, who starred in “West Side Story” and was nominated for three Academy …

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