Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision amid war

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of Sunday in a clear show of popular support for the war-ravaged nation that went beyond the music. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed the victory, Ukraine’s third since its 2003 Eurovision debut, and said “we will do our … Read more

North Korea confirms 1st COVID outbreak, Kim orders lockdown

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea imposed a nationwide lockdown Thursday to control its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak after holding for more than two years to a widely doubted claim of a perfect record keeping out the virus that has spread to nearly every place in the world. The size of the outbreak wasn’t … Read more

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in NYC reject union bid, taking the steam out of previous victory by labor organizers

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in NYC reject union bid, taking the steam out of previous victory by labor organizers. Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Jon Stewart: Authoritarian governments a threat, not comedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Stewart, accepting the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, warned Sunday night that speculation about the future of comedy amid increased audience cultural sensitivity was ignoring a true and enduring threat: authoritarian governments around the world. “Comedy doesn’t change the world, but it’s a bellwether,” Stewart said. “When a … Read more

Nicolas Cage faces off with a new foe: himself

NEW YORK (AP) — “Metropolis.” Bruce Lee. Woody Woodpecker. A pet charges. All of these things have been inspirations behind Nicolas Cage performances — sometimes private homages that the actor has used like blueprints to build some of his most exaggerated, erratic and affecting characters of him. A conversation with Cage, likewise, pulls from a … Read more

Mysterious liver illness seen in children in US, Europe

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in several countries are investigating mysterious cases of severe liver disease in children, and they think it may be related to a kind of virus usually associated with colds. The UK has been investigating at least 74 cases in which children came down with hepatitis, or liver inflammation, the … Read more

COVID-19, overdoses pushed US to highest total death ever

NEW YORK (AP) — 2021 was the deadliest year in US history, and new data and research are offering more insights into how it got that bad. The main reason for the increase in deaths? COVID-19, said Robert Anderson, who oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s work on death statistics. The agency this … Read more

‘West Side Story’ star Rachel Zegler not invited to Oscars

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is nominated for seven Academy Awardsincluding best picture, director and supporting actress for Ariana DeBose. Yet the star of the musical movie will not be among those attending the ceremony on Sunday. Rachel Zegler, the 20-year-old who plays Mariaposted Sunday that she tried to go but “it doesn’t seem to … Read more

Jussie Smollett sentencing: Live updates

CHICAGO (AP) — Actor Jussie Smollett is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, where he will learn if a judge will order him locked up for his conviction of lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he orchestrated himself or allow him to remain free. Smollett, who is expected to continue … Read more