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Virus is pummeling Europe's eateries - and winter is coming

Virus is pummeling Europe's eateries - and winter is coming

HEIKRUIS, Belgium — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the owners' decision to move the operation into the spacious village church to comply with coronavirus rules was
India's festive season spawns fears of renewed virus surge

India's festive season spawns fears of renewed virus surge

NEW DELHI — Just weeks after India fully opened up from a harsh lockdown and began to modestly turn a corner by cutting new coronavirus infections by near half, a Hindu festival season is raising fears that a fresh surge could spoil the hard-won gain
'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83

'Brian's Song,' 'Roots,' 'Purple Rain' writer dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — William Blinn, a screenwriter for the landmark TV projects “Brian’s Song” and “Roots” and the Prince film “Purple Rain,” has died. He was 83.
Fredericton Police say writer RM Vaughan found dead days after going missing

Fredericton Police say writer RM Vaughan found dead days after going missing

FREDERICTON — A Canadian writer and artist revered in Canada's LGBTQ arts scene has been found dead after going missing in his native New Brunswick earlier this month.
AstraZeneca, J&J resuming US tests of COVID-19 vaccines

AstraZeneca, J&J resuming US tests of COVID-19 vaccines

Two drugmakers announced Friday the resumption of U.S. testing of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates.
Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave

Film depicts Black Lives Matter, #MeToo as new feminist wave

LOS ANGELES — The documentary genre’s power of immediacy is evident in “Not Done: Women Remaking America," which includes the still-unfolding possibility of the first Black female vice-president and the loss of Breonna Taylor.
Fiasco over pope's cut civil union quote intensifies impact

Fiasco over pope's cut civil union quote intensifies impact

ROME — The world premiere of a documentary on Pope Francis was supposed to have been a bright spot for a papacy locked down by a pandemic and besieged by a corruption scandal, recalling Francis’ glory days travelling the world to bless the oppressed.

Berklee appoints first woman to lead music college

The Berklee College of Music has chosen Erica Muhl to serve as the school's next president, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 75-year history, officials at the Boston school announced this week.
UK police recover stolen Ming dynasty vase worth $3 million

UK police recover stolen Ming dynasty vase worth $3 million

LONDON — British police say they have recovered a 15th-century Chinese vase valued at 2.5 million pounds ($3.3 million) that was stolen in Switzerland last year.
US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

NEW YORK — The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new government data. It’s a small decrease and the data is preliminary, but the decline is “really exciting,” said Dr.