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Canadian Opera Company finds new general director at the Houston Grand Opera

Canadian Opera Company finds new general director at the Houston Grand Opera

TORONTO — The Canadian Opera Company has found its new general director at the Houston Grand Opera. The HGO's managing director Perryn Leech will formally assume his Toronto post on March 1, 2021.
Rita Ora says sorry for lockdown-breaching birthday party

Rita Ora says sorry for lockdown-breaching birthday party

LONDON — British singer Rita Ora apologized Monday for breaking lockdown rules by holding a birthday party, saying it was “a serious and inexcusable error of judgment.
Dictionary.com picks 'pandemic' as its 2020 word of the year

Dictionary.com picks 'pandemic' as its 2020 word of the year

NEW YORK — On Dec. 31, China reported a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown origin to the World Health Organization. By Jan. 31, WHO declared an outbreak of a novel coronavirus a global health emergency.
Fact or fiction? UK govt says 'The Crown' should be clear

Fact or fiction? UK govt says 'The Crown' should be clear

LONDON — Britain’s culture minister thinks the Netflix TV series “The Crown” should come with a disclaimer: It’s a work of fiction.
Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

LONDON — Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85.
Music festivals offer to help Belgium's vaccination campaign

Music festivals offer to help Belgium's vaccination campaign

BRUSSELS — With nothing on their agendas for months to come, music festival organizers in Belgium want to use their know-how to help the country's coronavirus vaccination campaign.
'Game Change' co-author John Heilemann has book on 2020 race

'Game Change' co-author John Heilemann has book on 2020 race

NEW YORK — The co-author of the million-selling “Game Change” has a book of his own coming about the 2020 election.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 6-12

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 6-12

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 6-12: Dec. 6: Actor Patrick Bauchau (“The Pretender,” “Carnivale”) is 82. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 79. Actor James Naughton (“Hostages,” “Planet of the Apes”) is 75.
Merriam-Webster's top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

Merriam-Webster's top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

NEW YORK — If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year.
Review: PS5 is big and pricey, but boasts impressive speed and visual upgrades

Review: PS5 is big and pricey, but boasts impressive speed and visual upgrades

Seven years after the release of the highly successful PlayStation 4, Sony has fired its latest salvo in the war to capture the hearts and minds of big-spending video game enthusiasts. The PlayStation 5 launched Nov.