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  • Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders’ toll on family

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A documentary film project hopes to tell the story of one of the victims of Newark’s notorious schoolyard slayings. Iofemi (eye-OH’-fem-ee) Hightower was 20 and headed to Delaware State University in…

  • Putin accuses US of supporting separatists in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — In a new documentary, Russian President Vladimir Putin says intercepted calls showed that the U.S. helped separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus in the 2000s, underscoring his suspicions of the West. The two-hour…

  • Off-Broadway play ‘The Fantasticks’ offered a lifeline

    NEW YORK (AP) — The off-Broadway phenomenon “The Fantasticks” won’t be closing next month after all — thanks to a pair of fantastic fans. Two donors have stepped up and pledged to keep the stalwart,…

  • Winners of the 2015 James Beard media awards

    The winners of the 2015 James Beard Foundation book, broadcast and journalism awards are: ___ — Cookbook of the Year “Yucatan: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition” by David Sterling (University of Texas Press) — Cookbook…

  • Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award

    NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season. The Play House was founded in 1915 and has entertained some…

  • Falling prices, rising threats cool interest in Kurdish oil

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The hall for the Irbil Oil and Gas Exhibition this week was crowded with company displays, executives and investors. But conspicuously absent were international oil giants like Shell, Exxon-Mobil and Chevron…

  • Do ballet skills translate to other dancing? Not so much (Video)

    WASHINGTON – The adage tells us to dance like no one’s watching. That might not always be such a great idea, even for professional dancers. The Globe and Mail recently sat down with two dancers…

  • Iraqi boy’s dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD. For over a decade, he pursued his passion…

  • ‘Mockingbird’ production moving from Ala. author’s hometown

    MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama hometown of “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee will no longer host annual plays based on the classic novel. Monroe County Museum Board officials were told Thursday that…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended April 19th. FICTION 1. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “The Liar” by Nora Roberts (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “The Road to Character” by David Brooks (Random House) 4. “Every Fifteen Minutes” by Lisa…

  • Glenn Close to present award to Tom Stoppard next month

    NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close will help honor playwright Tom Stoppard at next month’s PEN Literary Awards Gala, the PEN American Center announced Thursday. Close, who starred in the 1984 Broadway production of Stoppard’s…

  • Nicole Kidman returning to London stage in DNA story

    LONDON (AP) — Nicole Kidman is returning to the London stage in a play about the woman who helped unlock the secrets of DNA. Kidman will star in Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” a play about…

  • Khloe Kardashian working on advice book to come out in fall

    NEW YORK (AP) — Khloe Kardashian is not into being too thin. The reality TV star and entrepreneur is working on an advice book on how to develop “strength and true beauty” in a “culture…

  • New Whitney design by Renzo Piano a game changer for museum

    NEW YORK (AP) — Street banners for weeks have teased: “Whitney, Unpacking in the Meatpacking, May 2015.” Finally, after four years of construction, the Whitney Museum of American Art is unpacked and ready to greet…