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Jill Biden speaks candidly about challenges of her role

Oct. 20, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden spoke candidly Wednesday about the challenges of her job as first lady and the unexpected scrutiny she’s experienced in a position she never imagined having when she was young. Speaking at an event for the Barbara Bush Foundation for...

Chopin international piano competition closes in on winner

Oct. 20, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The jury of the Frederic Chopin international piano competition was hearing the last finalists Wednesday in Warsaw before announcing the winner of the 40,000 euro ($45,000) first prize in the prestigious event that launches world careers. The jury...

David Byrne says audiences seem 'thrilled' to be in theater

Oct. 20, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Since returning to Broadway's “American Utopia” after the pandemic pause, David Byrne has noticed a few things about his audience: It seems younger, a little more diverse and people are juiced to see live entertainment again. “They're thrilled,...

R. Kelly's Chicago trial on federal sex charges set Aug. 1

Oct. 20, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York. ...

Opening, ticket prices announced for Peppa Pig theme park

Oct. 20, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A standalone Peppa Pig theme park at the Legoland Florida Resort is set to open Feb. 24, park officials announced Tuesday. Officials also announced ticket prices. A one-day ticket for the central Florida park will be...

Review: Denis Villeneuve's doom-laden, dynamite 'Dune'

Oct. 20, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

A cool wind sweeps through the sands of “Dune,” Denis Villeneuve’s chilly, majestic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic 1965 science-fiction novel. Hot as it may be on Arrakis, the desert planet that draws the universe’s most powerful interests to its...

Queen accepts medical advice to rest, cancels N Ireland trip

Oct. 20, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days and has canceled a trip to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The palace didn't offer specifics on the decision, but says the 95-year-old monarch is “in...

Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days

Oct. 20, 2021 06:13 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II has reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days.

Bond and 'Willy Wonka' songwriter Leslie Bricusse dies at 90

Oct. 20, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning British songwriter Leslie Bricusse, whose work includes James Bond themes and Willy Wonka’s signature tune, has died. He was 90. Son Adam Bricusse said on Facebook that his father “passed away peacefully” on Tuesday. No cause of death...

Police: Man who died at Phish concert did not hit railing

Oct. 19, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police say a concert-goer who fell to his death from the upper level of a basketball arena is believed to have “leapt from an elevated area of the arena," causing his death. “Immediately before the victim leapt, he did not appear...