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'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' claims No. 1 over 'Joker'

Oct. 20, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.'s "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" knocked "Joker" out of the No. 1 spot at the box office, but just barely. Studios on Sunday say the film starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning grossed an estimated $36 million in North America and $117 million internationally in its...

Sotomayor shares words of wisdom with Connecticut children

Oct. 20, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has shared her secrets of success with nearly 200 Connecticut elementary school kids. Sotomayor told the kids during an appearance Friday at Maloney High School in Meriden to work hard, be kind, accept people, and seek opportunities to do...

Collage Dance Collective grows by leaps and bounds

Oct. 20, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

BINGHAMPTON, Tenn. (AP) — As Collage Dance Collective celebrates its 10th anniversary season this fall, executive director Marcellus Harper is amazed by the ballet company's success, and hopes to accomplish more in the coming years. "It reminds us how young the organization is, too," Harper said. "There's...

Kentucky viewers enjoy new NBC TV show set around the state

Oct. 20, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Alvin Sharpe was a little leery when he heard there was a new television show set in Southern Kentucky. "A lot of times they don't depict the area like it ought to be," said Sharpe, a former teacher at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg. That's a common sentiment in...

Jennifer Lawrence marries art dealer Cooke Maroney

Oct. 20, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence got married over the weekend in Rhode Island during a ceremony and reception studded with Hollywood stars. The "Hunger Games" star tied the knot with New York art dealer Cooke Maroney on Saturday at a Newport, Rhode Island, mansion. Lawrence's publicist...

'Captain America' Chris Evans helps dedicate youth theater

Oct. 20, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — "Captain America" actor Chris Evans returned to his native Massachusetts this weekend to help dedicate the new home of a youth theater company where as a youngster he honed his acting skills. Evans, wearing a Boston Red Sox hat, helped cut the ribbon Saturday at the Concord Youth...

Lincoln library receives book collection of famed biographer

Oct. 20, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A treasure trove of about 130 books once owned by a renowned Abraham Lincoln biographer has been donated to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The books that once belonged to Benjamin Thomas could be a gold mine for Lincoln scholars as many of them...

Craft fair scheduled next month at Mahoney State Park

Oct. 20, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting people to do some early Christmas shopping at Mahoney State Park near Ashland. The River Valley Artisans and Craft Market is scheduled for Nov. 2-3. Vendor products will include wood kitchenware and furniture, goat milk soap, handmade...

New Illinois State Capitol architect to continue renovations

Oct. 20, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The new architect of the Illinois State Capitol says she wants to continue the renovation of the historic statehouse, preserve most of the surrounding buildings and make all the structures more sustainable. Andrea Aggertt of Newton started her new position this week. She was a...

Maine children's museum sells building in prep for big move

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine children's museum has sold its downtown Portland building to help clear the way for a move into a new space. The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine sold the building to the Portland Museum of Art for $2.1 million. The sale means the museum can move into a more modern...