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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.

France dissolves group run by rapper for defending terrorism

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday ordered a small, little known organization run by a rapper dissolved for alleged hate speech and defending terrorism.
US new-home sales climbed 7.9% in January

US new-home sales climbed 7.9% in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. sales of new homes jumped 7.9% in January to the fastest pace in more than 12 years, a positive sign for economic growth.
China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

China struggles to revive manufacturing amid virus outbreak

BEIJING — Factories that make the world’s smartphones, toys and other goods are struggling to reopen after a virus outbreak idled China’s economy.
'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast

'No way out': Demographics drive GOP nosedive on West Coast

BEND, Ore. — In the early 1990s, the population of Bend was around 25,000 and leaned Republican. A lumber mill operated along the banks of the Deschutes River in Oregon's high-desert country. Today, the lumber mill is an REI outdoor recreation store.
Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a 61-year-old Brazilian man who travelled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the contagious new coronavirus.
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.
Johnny Depp in UK court for hearing on tabloid libel lawsuit

Johnny Depp in UK court for hearing on tabloid libel lawsuit

LONDON — A lawyer for Johnny Depp told a British judge on Wednesday that the star's ex-wife Amber Heard lied when she accused him of domestic abuse.
Virus outbreak stalks markets as 2020 gains get wiped out

Virus outbreak stalks markets as 2020 gains get wiped out

LONDON — Global shares fell sharply once again Wednesday as fears over the speed of the new coronavirus around the world accentuated.