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Plague as art: Over the centuries, many kinds of stories

Plague as art: Over the centuries, many kinds of stories

NEW YORK — Lauren Beukes, a script and fiction writer, is drawn to narratives that allow her to probe themes of gender and power.
Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles is pregnant

Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles is pregnant

LOS ANGELES — Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles, who tragically lost her daughter and unborn child two years ago, is pregnant. The Tony-winner shared on Twitter Saturday that she is due this spring.
2020 Watch: Can President Donald Trump reclaim control?

2020 Watch: Can President Donald Trump reclaim control?

ATLANTA — The coronavirus outbreak has grounded the 2020 presidential race — but not ended it.
Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen -- but in 2021, not 2020

Tokyo Olympics seem sure to happen -- but in 2021, not 2020

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympics are going to happen — but almost surely in 2021 rather than in four months as planned. This became clear after the IOC on Sunday announced it was considering a postponement.
Grieving and saying goodbye in the time of coronavirus

Grieving and saying goodbye in the time of coronavirus

CHICAGO — Tucked deep in the obituary for Charles Recka was an announcement that a Mass celebrating his 87 years of life “will be held at a later date.
Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for virus, forcing quarantines

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for virus, forcing quarantines

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first case of COVID-19 in the Senate and raising fears about the further transmission of the virus among Republicans at the Capitol.
Croatia quake injures 17 amid partial coronavirus lockdown

Croatia quake injures 17 amid partial coronavirus lockdown

ZAGREB, Croatia — A strong earthquake in Croatia on Sunday caused panic, the evacuation of hospitals and widespread damage including to the capital's iconic cathedral — all amid a partial coronavirus lockdown.
Nations's capital trying to keep crowds from cherry blossoms

Nations's capital trying to keep crowds from cherry blossoms

WASHINGTON — As signature cherry blossom trees go through peak bloom in the nation's capital, officials in the District of Columbia are resorting to mass street closures to keep large crowds away in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Virus now in Gaza, Syria, raising fears in vulnerable areas

Virus now in Gaza, Syria, raising fears in vulnerable areas

GAZA, Palestinian Territory — The arrival of the coronavirus in the Gaza Strip, an impoverished enclave where the health care system has been gutted by years of conflict, and Syria, which has been devastated by nine years of civil war and sanctions,
Merkel in quarantine after doctor tests positive for virus

Merkel in quarantine after doctor tests positive for virus

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has gone into quarantine after being informed that a doctor who administered a vaccine to her has tested positive for the new coronavirus.