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Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center reopens at last

Dec. 07, 2022 11:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More than two decades after a tiny Greek Orthodox church in lower Manhattan was destroyed by the falling south tower of the World Trade Center, that church's far grander replacement opened to the public this week in an elevated park overlooking the rebuilt trade center's memorial...

Sharpton says film debuts at 'critical point' in US politics

Dec. 07, 2022 11:36 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton has been called a lot of names in his public life: a hustler, a racist, an opportunist, a fraud, a rat, a jester. He embraces at least one of the intended insults, a name often hurled by his critics on the right and the left: “Loudmouth.”...

Bradley, Froch, Rafael Marquez top boxing Hall of Fame class

Dec. 07, 2022 11:13 AM EST

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Timothy Bradley Jr. and Rafael Marquez, two-division champions whose exciting styles earned both of them “Fight of the Year” honors, and Carl Froch were inducted Wednesday to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The three fighters will make up the...

Microsoft strikes 10-year deal with Nintendo on Call of Duty

Dec. 07, 2022 10:36 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Microsoft agreed Wednesday to make the hit video game Call of Duty available on Nintendo for 10 years should its $69 billion purchase of game maker Activision Blizzard go through — an apparent attempt to fend off objections from rival Sony. The blockbuster merger...

China's Xi visits Saudi Arabia to cement Gulf Arab ties

Dec. 07, 2022 10:12 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to attend meetings with oil-rich Gulf Arab nations crucial to his country's energy supplies as Beijing tries to revive an economy battered by its strict coronavirus measures. Saudi...

Italy's La Scala opens season to Ukrainian protests

Dec. 07, 2022 10:05 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala, opens its new season Wednesday with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,” a selection that sparked Ukrainian protests of the cultural event serving as a propaganda win for the Kremlin against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion...

Making 'indie' video games gets trickier as industry evolves

Dec. 07, 2022 09:43 AM EST

Video game developer Ben Esposito’s first big break was a quirky game called Donut County starring a raccoon who dropped small objects and then entire neighborhoods into an ever-growing hole in the ground. His latest, Neon White, is a campy twist on the first-person shooter genre...

'Expressive times': Publishing industry an open book in 2022

Dec. 07, 2022 09:36 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2022, the story of book publishing was often the industry itself. Penguin Random House's attempt to purchase Simon & Schuster ended up in a Washington, D.C. courtroom, as the Department of Justice prevailed after a three week antitrust trial last summer that...

Handmade holiday cards are gifts in themselves; some tips

Dec. 07, 2022 07:05 AM EST

Around this time of year, Rose Keiko Higa often finds herself making holiday cards for family and friends. An art history major at Oberlin College, in Ohio, she uses cut and layered paper to craft Christmas cards, and paints traditional Japanese New Year's cards on watercolor paper. ...

Dissident artist Weiwei says China unrest won't alter regime

Dec. 07, 2022 05:47 AM EST

MONTEMOR-O-NOVO, Portugal (AP) — Dissident Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is taking heart from recent public protests in China over the authorities’ strict COVID-19 policy, but he doesn’t see them bringing about any significant political change. “I don’t think...