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Trump apparently not a fan of ‘Parasite’ movie

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is apparently not a fan of “Parasite," his biggest complaint being that the movie was made in South Korea.Trump started talking about the Academy Awards during a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday. Parasite was named best picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to get the top honor.“What the hell was...

US: Taliban’s ‘reduction of violence’ deal to start tonight

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A senior U.S. State Department official says the seven-day “reduction of violence" deal promised by the Taliban will begin “tonight," without specifying the exact time. That will start the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States at the end of the month. That peace agreement, to be signed...

IS supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul’s Cathedral bomb plot

LONDON (AP) - ABritish woman who supported the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedralin London.Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Middlesex in southeast England, admittedto the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications. She spoke at a hearing at Central London Criminal Court. Prosecutors said Shaikh made contact with someone who...

A review of “Dreamers Do” by Kat Edmonson

Rating: 7.3/10 2020 is the year that Kat Edmonson really embraces the dreamer inside of herself. After nearly 20 years in the music business, the singer seems completely comfortable with her style and voice, crafting her most complete vision of vintage jazz-pop on her latest record. Kat’s new album “Dreamers Do”...

Thai court orders popular opposition party dissolved

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the popular opposition Future Forward Party dissolved, declaring that it violated election law by accepting a loan from its leader, charismatic 41-year-old Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit. The court also imposed a 10-year ban on the party's executive members holding political office. The ruling against the party comes just ahead of a no-confidence...

Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian health authorities on Friday reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and said the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran.The report by the semiofficial Mehr news agency came as Iranians voted in nationwide parliamentary elections. After authorities reported two earlier deaths this...

Virus cases balloon in S. Korea as outbreak shifts, spreads

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - Schools were shuttered, churches told worshipers to stay away and some mass gatherings were banned as cases of a new virus swelled Friday in South Korea, the newest front in a widening global outbreak.The country said a total of 204 people were infected with the virus, quadruple the number it had two days earlier,...

Jurors at Weinstein rape trial continue to focus on Sciorra

NEW YORK (AP) - The name that keeps coming up during deliberations at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial - Annabella Sciorra - will be front and center again on Friday when jurors are expected to hear a reading of a large chunk of her testimony.Before concluding its third day of deliberations on Thursday, the Manhattan jury sent the judge a...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. INTEL OFFICIALS: RUSSIA BOOSTING TRUMP CANDIDACY The warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential campaign and whether the Trump administration is taking the proper steps to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. saw in 2016. 2. SOUTH...

“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Dana Sandler honors young Holocaust poets

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Dana Sandler is a jazz performer-turned-physician's assistant-turned jazz performer. In her life so far, Sandler has managed to attend to two of her greatest callings: one to practice medicine, and the other to perform jazz. "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" is a song cycle that honors three young poets, only one of whom is known to have...