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Laurie Anderson among new arts academy inductees

Laurie Anderson among new arts academy inductees

NEW YORK — Like many incoming members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Laurie Anderson didn't know a lot about the venerable honour society until she was asked to join it.
Crafts can help refugees find community, and maybe a living

Crafts can help refugees find community, and maybe a living

When Bahija Karim arrived in Idaho as an Afghan refugee in 2005, she knew little about American culture. She didn’t speak English. A volunteer directed her to Artisans for Hope, a local crafts initiative for refugees.
Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

NEW YORK — Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company's absorption of Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and Fox's entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tues
Review: Gardiner weaves horrifying tale in `Dark Corners'

Review: Gardiner weaves horrifying tale in `Dark Corners'

“The Dark Corners of the Night,” Blackstone Publishing, by Meg Gardiner A terrifying killer that targets families by attacking them in the middle of the night tests the abilities of FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix in Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, “The
Original 'Flash Gordon' comic strip art headed to auction

Original 'Flash Gordon' comic strip art headed to auction

LOS ANGELES — The original artwork for the “Flash Gordon” comic strip is headed for a new realm — the auction block. The auction house Profiles in History said Wednesday that it will sell the drawing on March 31.
Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones to co-host Jerusalem ceremony

Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones to co-host Jerusalem ceremony

JERUSALEM — Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are set to return to Israel as co-hosts of this year’s Genesis Prize ceremony.
Call me Harry: Prince eschews royal label in Scotland speech

Call me Harry: Prince eschews royal label in Scotland speech

LONDON — Just call him Harry. The British prince who is preparing to step back from royal duties would normally be referred to as sir or his royal highness.
Met opera gets visionary new “Dutchman”

Met opera gets visionary new “Dutchman”

NEW YORK — Francois Girard created quite a splash — literally — at the Metropolitan Opera seven years ago when he flooded the stage with fake blood for a scene in "Parsifal.
Should I use points and miles to book wedding travel?

Should I use points and miles to book wedding travel?

You have no excuses now that the holidays have ended: It’s time to book travel for the wedding(s) you agreed to attend in 2020.
Jude Law among narrators of 'Beedle the Bard' audiobook

Jude Law among narrators of 'Beedle the Bard' audiobook

NEW YORK — Jude Law, Warwick Davis and Evanna Lynch are among the readers in an all-star recording of J.K. Rowling's “The Tales of Beedle the Bard," the first time her Harry Potter spinoff has been available as an audiobook.