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Cars are parked at the entrance of Novasep factory in Seneffe, Belgium, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Belgian health authorities said Thursday they have inspected a pharmaceutical factory located in Belgium to find out whether the expected delays in the deliveries of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccines are due to production issues. The Novasep factory in the town of Seneffe is part of the European production chain for AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

The Latest: WHO EU chief: Nations clamoring for vaccine

Jan. 28, 2021 8:42 AM EST

GENEVA — The European chief for the World Health Organization says “the telephone line is very hot” in conversations with European Union officials and others clamoring for more coronavirus vaccines. Dr. Hans Kluge, speaking in a video conference from WHO Europe headquarters in Copenhagen,...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jan. 27, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Jan. 26 The Advocate on the local implications of President Joe Biden’s U.S. immigration policy: President Joe Biden’s first days in office signaled a welcome shift in U.S. immigration policy that may yet benefit Louisiana residents like Djibril...

This image released by Apple shows Justin Timberlake, left, and Ryder Allen in a scene from “Palmer.” (Apple via AP)

In ‘Palmer,’ Timberlake embraces stillness of a broken man

Jan. 27, 2021 1:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Timberlake turns 40 this week and seemingly has the energy of a teenager, recently performing a new song for the inauguration celebration, welcoming a second son with wife Jessica Biel and starring in the new Apple TV+ film, “Palmer.” Timberlake plays Eddie Palmer, a...

FILE - Halsey arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J. on Aug. 26, 2019.  The pop star announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child. The 26-year-old posted photos of her baby bump with the caption: “surprise!

Singer Halsey is pregnant with 1st child

Jan. 27, 2021 1:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Halsey has something new to sing about: motherhood. The pop star announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child. The 26-year-old posted photos of her baby bump with the caption: “surprise!" A representative for the singer didn't immediately reply to an...

Germany compensates heirs for Nazi-looted Liszt scores

Jan. 27, 2021 8:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German classical music foundation says it has found the rightful heirs of a Jewish woman who was forced by the Nazis to sell two scores by composer Franz Liszt before being deported to a concentration camp. Klassik Stiftung Weimar said Wednesday that researchers were able to trace relatives...

Rapper D Smoke poses for a portrait in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. The rapper and school teacher is nominated for two Grammy Awards, one for best rap album for

Q&A: Rapper D Smoke takes patient walk to Grammy recognition

Jan. 26, 2021 10:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When D Smoke was teaching high schoolers in Southern California, the rapper still pursued his dreams of breaking through as a hip-hop artist while leaning on the encouraging phrase: “There’s no expiration on realness.” D Smoke maintained that mindset as a motivator...

Mastering engineer Emily Lazar poses for a portrait in New York on Dec. 28, 2020. Lazar is nominated three times in the album of the year  category thanks to her work on albums from HAIM, Coldplay and Jacob Collier. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards will be held on March 14. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

Who really had the album of the year? Emily Lazar did.

Jan. 26, 2021 3:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Martin admits that Coldplay’s latest album could have sounded terrible if it wasn’t for one person — mastering engineer Emily Lazar. Like the musical magician she is, Lazar added her special touch to the band’s eighth album “Everyday Life,”...

This May 13, 1998 photo shows  Eleanor 'Sandy' Torrey West on Ossabaw Island near Savannah, Ga.  West, who championed the preservation of one of Georgia's largest barrier islands has died at age 108. West's grandson, Beryl Gilothwest, confirmed she died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Kimberly Smith/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Sandy West, who preserved wild Georgia island, dies at 108

Jan. 26, 2021 3:19 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A woman who relinquished ownership of one of Georgia's largest barrier islands to ensure its preservation has died at age 108. A grandson of Eleanor “Sandy” Torrey West confirmed that she died on her birthday Jan. 17, the Savannah Morning News reported. West's family...

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Review: Ragtime and much more from jazz pianist Emmet Cohen

Jan. 26, 2021 12:11 PM EST

Emmet Cohen, "Future Stride” (Mack Avenue Records) Stride provides a starting point on jazz pianist Emmet Cohen's new album. The opening cut, “Symphonic Raps,” is a New Orleans ragtime tune recorded by Louis Armstrong nearly a century ago, and Cohen plays it as though his piano is rolling...

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Review: Ani Di Franco makes the political personal on album

Jan. 26, 2021 10:08 AM EST

Ani Di Franco, "Revolutionary Love” (Righteous Babe Records) Pioneering folkie activist Ani Di Franco is a standout instrumentalist whose guitar could kill fascists. Alas, on “Revolutionary Love,” her six-string doesn’t play a major role — or many notes. Not that Di Franco has...