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Ohio city will replace trees removed for lawn bowling court

Feb. 28, 2020 1:16 AM EST

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — An agreement has been reached in an Ohio city to replace several trees cut down in a park without notice to make room for a lawn bowling court, according to the city's mayor and seven neighborhood organizations. Some of the lost trees will be replaced with trees native to Ohio, Warren...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2018 file photo shows composer Jennifer Higdon at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Higdon has been commissioned by Opera Philadelphia to compose

Higdon opera for Philadelphia to have 3 different endings

Feb. 27, 2020 2:39 PM EST

Jennifer Higdon has been commissioned by Opera Philadelphia to compose "Woman with Eyes Closed," which will open the company's O20 Festival on Sept. 17 and in a novel twist will feature three different endings. Higdon, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a three-time Grammy Award winner, has teamed...

FILE - In this May 23, 2007, file photo, Placido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, speaks during a news conference in Washington about a simulcast of a performance of La Boheme. An investigation into Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Spain takes first European moves against Plácido Domingo

Feb. 26, 2020 8:04 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government said Wednesday it was canceling two upcoming performances by Plácido Domingo in Madrid to show support for the women who have accused him of misconduct and take a stand against sexual harassment, becoming the first in Europe to cancel on the megastar since since...

Nearly 100 expected to swim in icy Vermont lake

Feb. 25, 2020 3:17 PM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — Nearly 100 swimmers are expected to brave the icy waters of Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont for the sixth annual winter swim festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the lake in Newport. Participants will swim 25-to-200-meter distances in a two-lane pool cut...

Cuba opens its annual trade fair for the key cigar sector

Feb. 24, 2020 5:10 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s annual cigar trade fair started Monday, bringing thousands of buyers and aficionados of the island’s iconic stogies to sample the latest wares and place orders for sale oversees. According to Habanos SA officials, Cuba sold $531 million worth of cigars worldwide in 2019,...

People dressed in carnival costumes with a UNESCO theme take part in the annual carnival parade in Aalst, Belgium, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Aalst Carnival parade included stereotypical depictions of Jews for the second year in a row and the Belgian government said that the anti-Semitism in the three-day festival embarrassed the nation and endangers society. The Carnival was kicked off the United Nations' UNESCO heritage list last year after a float rife with anti-Semitic symbols raised worldwide condemnation. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Carnival in Belgium again has Jewish stereotypes in parade

Feb. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Aalst Carnival parade included stereotypical depictions of Jews for the second year in a row and the Belgian government said that the anti-Semitism in the three-day festival embarrassed the nation and endangers society. The Carnival was kicked off the United Nations' UNESCO heritage...

French President Emmanuel Macron drinks wine during a visit to the International Agriculture Fair (Salon de l'Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via AP)

At Paris farm fair, Macron vows to protect EU ag subsidies

Feb. 22, 2020 1:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his support for maintaining the European Union's farm subsidies at their current level Saturday while attending an agriculture fair that a fixture in French politics. Macron defended the EU's system of agricultural subsidies - a major source of...

Here's why this rural town desperately wants better internet

Feb. 22, 2020 9:58 AM EST

GRANVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About an hour east of Nashville, the scenic little town of Granville would love to become widely known as the “Mayberry” of Tennessee — a tourist destination for anyone seeking a quaint throwback to simpler times. But the problem is the internet, and just how...

'Andy Griffith'-inspired movie to be shot in central Indiana

Feb. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) — "The Andy Griffith Show" ended in 1968. The characters, however, never have. Actors who impersonate the ever-vigilant Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife, sideburn-challenged barber Floyd Lawson, earnest goofball Gomer Pyle and others have kept the show's world in orbit. They reappear annually...

In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 photo, Jessica Weston, of the Weston Kewpees, prepares food for the burger bash competition at the Miami Rescue Mission in Miami. From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, the biggest names in the culinary world are in Miami starting Thursday for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. And they're getting help in their prep kitchen from an unlikely source, a local homeless shelter. The festival partnered with the Miami Rescue Mission and Florida International University's culinary school. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida homeless group helps top chefs prep food festival

Feb. 21, 2020 1:07 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH (AP) — From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, celebrity chefs are in town this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where fine-palated foodies might not know that some of their dishes have been prepared at one of Florida's largest homeless shelters. Some of the biggest names in the...