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  • ‘Jade Dragon Mountain’ is engrossing debut by Elsa Hart

    “Jade Dragon Mountain” (Minotaur), by Elsa Hart Elsa Hart’s fiction debut perfectly melds history with the mystery genre for a lush look at China on the cusp of change. Set in the early 1700s, “Jade…

  • Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu dies at 85

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Celebrated Romanian baritone Dan Iordachescu, who sang at Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera during a half-century career, has died at 85, the Bucharest Opera said Monday. The opera’s…

  • Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars

    TOKYO (AP) — The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a…

  • Top of Month: September Entertainment Guide

    It’s time for WTOP’s “Top of the Month” Entertainment Guide.

  • ‘Awakenings’ author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    NEW YORK (AP) — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously,…

  • New York town’s large collection of WWII vet photos endures

    MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York. Seventy years after the war officially…

  • In the wake of Katrina, there was vodka and ice cream — then a business idea

    Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney are the type of friends who tend to want to finish each other’s sentences, with a kind of Southern charm and complementary back-and-forth wit that makes one’s stories better than…

  • Travers time for American Pharoah on long trek by hoof, air

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — American Pharoah can run. But can he fly? You betcha. By now, everyone knows American Pharoah glided through the Triple Crown — overcoming stormy weather, too — won the Haskell…

  • Ballerina Misty Copeland calls Broadway debut ‘incredible’

    NEW YORK (AP) — The stage lights have been hard to get used to and she worried about limited rehearsal time, but ballerina Misty Copeland has put aside her nervousness and is finding her feet…

  • Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it’s copied

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Summer Games was copied from a Belgian theater. At a news conference in…

  • Brooke Burke-Charvet to co-host Miss America pageant

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Brooke Burke-Charvet, the actress, entrepreneur and fitness guru, will co-host the 2016 Miss America pageant next month. The Miss America Organization announced Friday that Burke-Charvet will join Chris Harrison on…

  • Pastors target museum bust of Planned Parenthood founder

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A black conservative pastors group says a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is more offensive than the Confederate flag and should be removed. Sanger…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “Friction” by Sandra Brown (Grand Central Publishing) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “The Martian” by Andy Weir (Crown) 4. “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee (Harper) 5.…

  • PM Prep-Segue

    SLAIN TV CREW MEMBERS MOURNED MONETA, Va. (AP) — One day after seeing two of their colleagues gunned down on the air, staffers of the WDBJ-TV “Mornin'” show came together to remember — and mourn—…

  • Dutch rabbit Miffy and Matisse side-by-side at Rijksmuseum

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Miffy is hanging with Matisse at the Rijksmuseum. A new exhibition highlighting the significance of Dick Bruna, the Dutch artist who created the cute white bunny, puts his work alongside that of…