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FILE - This May 1, 2019 file photo shows playwright Terrence McNally at the 73rd annual Tony Awards

Multiple Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally dies at 81

Mar. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence McNally, one of America’s great playwrights whose prolific career included winning Tony Awards for the plays "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class" and the musicals "Ragtime" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman," has died of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81....

Correction: LT--Argentina-Transgender Newscaster story

Mar. 19, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a story March 17 about Argentina's first transgender newscaster, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the newscaster, Diana Zurco, said that she asserted her identity while a teenager by saying “I'm a trans boy.” In fact, she said: “I'm...

FILE - This undated booking photo released by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office shows Devon Robinson. Robinson was convicted Tuesday, March 17, 2020, of gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation last year following a house party.  (Wayne County Prosecutor's Office via AP, File)

Man convicted in killings of 2 gay men, transgender woman

Mar. 18, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 19-year-old Detroit man has been convicted of gunning down two gay men and a transgender woman who authorities believe were targeted because of their sexual orientation last year following a house party. A Wayne County jury convicted Devon Kareem Robinson on Tuesday of first-degree...

FILE - In this March 17, 2019 file photo, a police officer stands guard in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, where one of two mass shootings occurred. According to a report released Wednesday, March 18, 2020, by an organization that tracks far-right extremists, a recent surge in white nationalism in the U.S. has led to a growing threat of violence by factions that embrace bloodshed and advocate for a race war.  The man accused of attacking two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and killing 51 people in March 2019 devoted a section of his manifesto to the concept of accelerationism, a fringe philosophy that promotes mass violence to fuel society’s collapse. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Report: Surge in white nationalism ramps up violence threat

Mar. 18, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A recent surge in white nationalism in the U.S. has led to a growing threat of violence by factions that embrace bloodshed and advocate for a race war, according to a report released Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists. The Southern Poverty Law...

In this March 5, 2020 photo, Diana Zurco smiles during a rehearsal for her debut as the country’s first transgender newscaster, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her job as a co-anchor of Public Television's prime time evening news program is a milestone for an excluded community that is often the target of violence and has a life expectancy roughly half that of the rest of the population. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Argentine television gets its first transgender news anchor

Mar. 17, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Diana Zurco did not attend her high school graduation because she refused to receive a diploma with her birth name. At 17 and considered a boy by school officials, she grew her hair long and adopted the name Diana after the alien character on the show “V” about...

FILE- In this Sept. 18, 2019 file photo, Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during the Moving On! Tour at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The band postponed their UK and Ireland tour that was scheduled to start Monday and run through April 8 due to the new coronavirus outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Photo by Robb Cohen/Invision/AP, File)

Who Canceled: A look at the concerts, films, events on hold

Mar. 12, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

And soon there will be none (for a while). Tours, awards shows, conventions and festivals on Thursday announced cancellations and postponements at a rapid clip, with concert tours being postponed, movie releases shifting and Broadway going dark. Here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry reacted...

FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, Gabriela Hernandez, executive director of the nonprofit New Mexico Dream Team, holds up an image in Albuquerque, N.M, of Roxsana Hernandez , a Honduran transgender woman who died while in U.S. custody. A transgender woman who has been detained with men in immigration custody for nine months says she's been sexually harassed and assaulted. Advocates say Alejandra Alor Reyes, an asylum-seeker from Mexico, is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and should be released on humanitarian grounds while she awaits an appeal to her asylum denial. They say transgender immigrants face unsafe conditions in detention and that none are being held with members of the gender they identify with. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz, File)

Advocates: Transgender woman sexually assaulted at ICE site

Mar. 12, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A transgender woman seeking asylum should be released after she was sexually assaulted and harassed while being detained in an Arizona immigration facility with men for nine months, advocates said Thursday. Alejandra Alor Reyes, who is from Mexico, is suffering from PTSD and should be...

This cover image released by Penguin Press shows Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future

Review: Using Shakespeare to take the pulse of America

Mar. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

“Shakespeare in a Divided America,” Penguin Press, by James Shapiro America: land of the free, home of the brave, known for Route 66, Silicon Valley … and Shakespeare? Yes, and from colonial days onward. Back then, the Bard wasn’t even considered high culture - his plays were as...

Brigham Young University student Kate Lunnen joins several hundred students protesting near The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints church headquarters Friday, March 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City, to show their displeasure with a letter this week that clarified that

Mormon students protest BYU stance on same-sex behavior

Mar. 7, 2020 2:03 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Brigham Young University two weeks ago dropped a section from its strict code of conduct that had prohibited all expressions of homosexual behavior, bisexual music major Caroline McKenzie felt newfound hope that she could stop hiding and be herself. She even went on a date with...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

North Dakota's remade caucuses tested in Biden, Sanders race

Mar. 6, 2020 5:34 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — New rules for North Dakota's presidential caucuses are likely to drive up turnout and could shrink Bernie Sanders' organizational advantage over Joe Biden when the state's Democratic voters get their say next week in what has essentially become a two-man race. North Dakota is the...