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And in the end: A fan's notes on Peter Jackson's Beatles doc

Dec. 07, 2021 10:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary “Get Back” runs for nearly eight hours and the only real criticism you can make is that it doesn't last longer. For dabblers and other newcomers, it's a prime introduction. For the Beatles fanatic, and we are a vast and obsessive community,...

ArtPlace America shows why culture matters to communities

Dec. 07, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Sometime in the next few years, crews dispatched by the Environmental Protection Agency will roll into Ashland, Massachusetts, population 19,000, and begin a $20.5 million cleanup of groundwater contaminated by waste from a chemical dye plant. That day will mark a victory for the town, where cancer...

Review: Boy band drama meets romance in ‘If This Gets Out’

Dec. 07, 2021 09:33 AM EST

“If This Gets Out” by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich (Wednesday Books) Saturday is the hot, new American boy band getting ready to do their first overseas tour. Its four members might be more excited if they were allowed any personal freedom — their identities are being...

Alabama statues to feature Hank Aaron, other Hall of Famers

Dec. 07, 2021 09:32 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Statues of Hank Aaron and other local heroes who made the baseball and football Halls of Fame are planned for a public space celebrating the heritage of the city of Mobile. The Hall of Fame Courtyard is aimed at drawing more people to the city's riverfront,...

California's governor writes children's book about dyslexia

Dec. 07, 2021 09:06 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom still can't spell the word “dress.” He can't read aloud from a piece of paper in public. That's why his speeches are long, mostly from memory and sprinkled with some awkward moments when his words bump into each other. ...

In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career

Dec. 07, 2021 08:40 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Outside the courtroom where former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is fighting charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his publicist has introduced a roster of supporters to the assembled TV cameras. ...

Looted Gilgamesh tablet returns to Iraq in formal ceremony

Dec. 07, 2021 07:54 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — A small clay tablet dating back 3,500 years and bearing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh that was looted from an Iraqi museum 30 years ago and recently recovered from the United States formally returned to Iraq on Tuesday. The $1.7 million cuneiform tablet, known...

Prosecution rests in Josh Duggar child pornography trial

Dec. 07, 2021 07:46 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Defense attorneys for former reality TV star Josh Duggar have begun presenting their case to a federal jury with testimony from a computer analyst who said it's possible that the computer where child pornography was downloaded could have been accessed remotely. ...

La Scala season premiering Macbeth opens to full house

Dec. 07, 2021 05:59 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — While many European theaters remain closed due to the pandemic, the famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday opens its new season Tuesday with the gala premiere of Verdi’s “Macbeth” to a fully seated house. La Scala resumed performances at full capacity in September,...

'Cheugy,' 'omicron' among 2021's most mispronounced words

Dec. 07, 2021 01:25 AM EST

“Cheugy” is apparently a lot to chew on. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce have something in common — broadcasters butcher their names. And virtually everyone is having trouble with “omicron.” All...