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  • ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Independence Day’ star dishes on Arena Stage play

    Margaret Colin, star of “Gossip Girl” and “Independence Day,” joins us in studio to discuss her new Arena Stage play “The City of Conversation.”

  • AP PHOTOS: Jumping donkey leaps to fame in Egyptian village

    EL-ARID, Egypt (AP) — A donkey has leapt to fame in a small Egyptian village by defying her species’ well-known stubbornness and jumping hurdles on command. Ahmed Ayman, a 14-year-old farmer living in the Nile…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Carnival in Latin America

    Now that Carnival has drawn to a close, here’s a selection of top images taken at this year’s pre-Lenten parties across Latin America and the Caribbean. At the iconic Sambadrome parade in Rio de Janeiro,…

  • Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Friday Jan. 29, to Thursday, Feb. 4,…

  • Former NYC Ballet principal dancer Violette Verdy, 82, dies

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Violette Verdy, principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 20 years and former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet, has died, the Indiana University Jacobs School…

  • Stage version of ‘Frozen’ to be directed by Broadway veteran

    NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has tapped one of Broadway’s freshest talents to direct one of its most anticipated musicals, “Frozen.” According to a Disney Theatrical Productions announcement Tuesday on Twitter, Alex Timbers will helm…

  • Some Dominicans don’t want Vagas Llosa to get literary prize

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Plans in the Dominican Republic to award a literary prize to Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa have angered some people, including a member of the president’s Cabinet. Dominican and…

  • With restraint, YouTube rolls out original programming

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael “Burnie” Burns hears a discrepancy. Before greeting moviegoers at the debut of his film, the writer-actor is eavesdropping on all the big-budget movie trailers playing ahead of his much smaller…

  • American flamenco dancer honored by King of Spain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Flamenco dancer Edwin Aparicio has been awarded a medal by King Felipe VI of Spain. In a ceremony Monday night, Spanish Ambassador to the United States Ramón Gil-Casares presented the award to…

  • Tony-nominated actor Ken Watanabe battling stomach cancer

    NEW YORK (AP) — A publicist for Ken Watanabe says the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway’s “The King and I” while he battles stomach cancer. The 56-year-old…

  • Kelly Clarkson has deal for picture book

    NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Clarkson has written a new song and a bedtime story for kids — her own included. Clarkson’s first picture book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby,” will be released in…

  • The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks-US

    iBook charts for week ending Feb. 7, 2016 (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher ): Top Paid Books 1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – 9781101606377 – (Penguin Publishing Group) 2. January…

  • Glass art worth $25,000 recovered in St. Petersburg, Florida

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A piece of stolen glass art by artist Dale Chihuly worth as much as $25,000 has been recovered. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that an employee of…

  • The top 10 audiobooks on Audible.com

    Audible.com best-sellers for week ending February 5th: Fiction 1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, narrated by Josephine Bailey (Tantor Audio) 2. Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen (Brilliance Audio)…

  • Tlaquepaque: Arts and crafts enclave near Guadalajara

    TLAQUEPAQUE, Mexico (AP) — Strolling the boutique-lined streets of this arts-and-crafts enclave near Guadalajara, Mexico, is like stepping into the brightly colored pages of a storybook. Above, rainbow-colored bunting flaps beneath an often cerulean sky.…