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Review: A fresh take on George Orwell as an avid gardener

Oct. 19, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

“Orwell’s Roses,” by Rebecca Solnit (Viking) Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” shot to the top of bestseller lists. Suddenly, it seemed, readers wanted to reacquaint themselves with a world in which “war...

Artist recruits 300 for nude photo near Dead Sea in Israel

Oct. 19, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Some 300 male and female volunteers stripped naked and donned white body paint for an artistic installation meant to draw attention to the shrinking Dead Sea. They posed Sunday for the American photographer Spencer Tunick, who has done similar...

MTV: Europe Music Awards to counter Hungary's anti-gay laws

Oct. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make...

Prospect of no jab, no visa for Australian Open tennis stars

Oct. 19, 2021 01:31 AM EDT

Tennis players who haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccination are unlikely to get a visa to enter the country for the Australian Open in Melbourne in January, according to the political leader of the state which hosts the season-opening major. Victoria state Premier Daniel...

Rapper formerly known as Kanye West is now just Ye

Oct. 18, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye is now Ye. A Los Angeles judge on Monday approved the request of the rapper, producer and fashion designer to legally change his name from Kanye Omari West to just Ye, with no middle or last name. “There being no...

Warnock raises $9M as cash flows in 2022 Georgia Senate race

Oct. 18, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock raised an eye-popping $7.2 million this spring. For his encore in the three months ended Sept. 30, he opened the firehose a little wider. Warnock raised more than $9 million during the quarter, leaving him with $17.2...

Fate of NYC City Hall Jefferson statue unclear after vote

Oct. 18, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An 1833 statue of Thomas Jefferson will be removed from New York's City Council chamber by the end of the year, a little-known city commission voted Monday, but it's unclear where it will go. Some members of the 51-member New York City Council have...

Connecticut online sports betting set to fully begin Tuesday

Oct. 18, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

Connecticut regulators announced Monday that online sports wagering and online casino games can begin in earnest within hours, now that a seven-day limited “soft launch” of the state's newest forms of wagering has been successfully completed. Three organizations —...

Woman who went to summer camp for 8 decades dies, age 96

Oct. 18, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Alice Erickson, a Massachusetts woman who for eight decades went to a YMCA-owned summer camp on an island in New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, has died. She was 96. Erickson, dubbed the unofficial queen of the camp, went there since 1934 when she...

Denis Villeneuve's dreams of ‘Dune’ reach the big screen

Oct. 18, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

It was the eyes that drew Denis Villeneuve to “Dune.” Long before he’d decided to become a filmmaker, he was just a teenager browsing a bookstore when he spotted the cover of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel. But it wasn’t a hard sell for the biology obsessed...