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Saturday: Weekend

Older actors find a Minnesota stage where age is no problem

By PETER COX Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. — On a Monday night, the start of the second week of rehearsals, a group of actors gathered in a circle, stretching and working through vocal exercises. They’re like actors putting together a show at any other theater, ...

A little bit of an introduction

Do you ever find yourself wondering about the lives and backgrounds of the writers you read? I know I do. Whether they're a best-selling fiction author, a journalist or an academic writer, I usually find myself curious about the lives they led, as understanding who a writer is can lend ...

Taylor Swift shakes Sundance with revealing documentary

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah — The normally private Taylor Swift premiered an intimate documentary last week at the Sundance Film Festival in which the pop star discloses a past eating disorder, chronicles her inner battle over speaking forthrightly about politics and says ...

Cosby prosecutors defend accusers

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors who won a conviction in Bill Cosbyís sexual assault case defended their work as they fight the imprisoned actor’s latest appeal. Cosby, 82, has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review trial rulings that let five other accusers testify for the ...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of Jan. 22, 2020: TOP 20 GLOBAL ...

COMPRENEW Nonprofit keeps tech out of landfills

MARQUETTE — You’ve just upgraded your television to a brand new flat screen, but now what do you do with the old one? The simple solution would be to put it in the trash like other waste, but electronics pose harmful threats to the environment if not properly disposed of. Comprenew ...

Crafting for critters

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in ...

Stephen King criticized for comments on diversity

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen King says he cares “only about ìquality,” not diversityî when deciding on awards. Some are asking why he thinks the two must be different. “I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,î” King tweeted this week. “It seems to me that ...

Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. lead field into rock and roll hall

By DAVID BAUDER AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Posthumous inductees Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. will lead a new class into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joined by Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and T-Rex. The gospel-trained Houston, whose soaring ...

Documents suggest Thomas Markle may testify in Meghan suit

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON — The estranged father of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could be called to testify against the royals in her lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper, court papers reveal. Meghan is suing the newspaper and its parent company, Associated ...

Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK— The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives. Those ...

DiCaprio’s Earth Alliance gives $3M to Australia fire relief

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance environmental organization will donate $3 million to help wildfire relief efforts in Australia. The foundation said Thursday that it has started the Australia Wildfire Fund to help ...

Prolific ‘Graduate’ writer-actor Buck Henry dies at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buck Henry, ìThe Graduateî co-writer who as screenwriter, character actor, ìSaturday Night Liveî host and cherished talk-show and party guest became an all-around cultural superstar of the 1960s and 70s, has died. He was 89. Henry’s wife, Irene Ramp, told The ...

Royal courtiers chart path for Prince Harry’s independence

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has moved quickly to take control of the crisis surrounding the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to distance themselves from the royal family, ordering royal courtiers to find a ...

Brazil court allows gay Jesus film on Netflix

By DIANE JEANTET Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — The president of Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order that allows streaming service Netflix to continue exhibiting a satirical film depicting Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians’ right to free speech. “It ...

Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book. That time in the treetops set the ...

So long, for now

My parents’ home, where I grew up, still brings back sharp memories and feelings of long summer days, of the squishy soil and prickly grass beneath my feet running through the sprinkler in the front yard, and of the smack sound a baseball makes when it hits the pocket of my glove just ...

Seeking stories

MARQUETTE — Greek storyteller Aesop once said: “The level of our success is only limited by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Janelle Franz and Julia Enz have made it their mission to document stories of their grandmother Margaret “Maggie” ...

Party like it’s 1999

Remember Y2K and Will Smith’s “Willennium” album? I was 12 years old when Big Will dropped that musical hit list. I got it for Christmas that year, and I remember sitting on the couch in our living room listening to the CD on my Sony Discman on New Year’s Eve. Man, those were the ...

Slavery museum in Liverpool aims to confront painful legacy

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press LIVERPOOL, England — Scarlet shackles sit peacefully on display in front of a sad, gray backdrop. The now rusted leg irons once locked human ankles during 18th century voyages from Africa to some European port, then to the Americas. Who the ...