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Resurgent wildfires in Greece burn homes, threaten monuments

Aug. 05, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A resurgent wildfire burned homes north of Athens and blazes across southern Greece forced more evacuations Thursday as weather conditions worsened and firefighters in a round-the-clock battle strove to save a former royal palace and the birthplace of the ancient...

Dancers allege instructor, wife, sexually abused them

Aug. 05, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two professional dancers have filed a lawsuit alleging that a former principal dancer with the Boston Ballet sexually assaulted young dancers he was instructing, and that his wife aided in the abuse. Boston Ballet’s Sage Humphries and another dancer,...

$45M mansion sale reflects hot Hawaii real estate market

Aug. 05, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A San Francisco investment banker recently sold his Maui mansion to a retired hedge fund CEO and a Hollywood actress for $45 million. The cash sale of the oceanfront house in Kihei reflects a hot Hawaii real estate market fueled by a pandemic that has...

Illinois sees record pot sales, with boost from Lollapalooza

Aug. 05, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois dispensaries sold a record $127.8 million in recreational marijuana in July, with a big boost coming from out-of-state fans who converged on Chicago for the Lollapalazoo music festival. The month's sales were 10% higher than May's record of...

IndyCar's Nashville invasion takes winding road through city

Aug. 05, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Honky tonk honk if you love racing! There’s a new sound of this musical city that drowns out the country tunes at the Grand Ole Opry and the cacophony coming from bands playing at every bar — and the party people hanging from the rafters — as you walk down...

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS FOR WEEK ENDING 7/31/2021

Aug. 05, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster) 2. “Black Ice” by Brad Thor (Atria) 3. “The Paper Palace” by Miranda Cowley Heller (Riverhead) 4. “The...

'Kai the Hitchhiker' loses bid to overturn murder conviction

Aug. 05, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former online celebrity who became known for allegedly using a hatchet to fend off an attack on a highway worker failed in his attempt to have his conviction in a 2013 murder overturned. Caleb McGillvary was convicted two years ago of the 2013...

Embattled HFPA announces reforms to bylaws, membership

Aug. 05, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Thursday announced reforms to its bylaws and an overhaul of its membership process in a bid to diversify its ranks and potentially restore the heavily criticized Golden Globes. The embattled 83-member press...

Review: In 'Free Guy,' a videogame 'Truman Show'

Aug. 05, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

In upside-down simulations, time loops and videogames turned inside out, a growing body of movies trade on the feeling of living in a false reality — of being a glitch in the matrix. Virtual realities turn real ("Ready Player One"), television sets peel away ("The Truman Show"), dream...

Griffin joining ESPN as NFL, college football analyst

Aug. 05, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

Robert Griffin III has not totally shut the door on his NFL career but he is taking the next step toward his future beyond the playing field. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Pro Bowl quarterback has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN to be a college football and NFL...