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This undated image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Eric Owens as Porgy, left, and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess." The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. (Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 12:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. Performances of "Porgy and Bess," which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018 file photo, Kacey Musgraves performs during Music MidTown 2018 at Piedmont Park, in Atlanta. Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top categories on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Katie Darby/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 11:15 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees...
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February 20, 2019 - 10:53 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Actress Gwyneth Paltrow denied Wednesday that she skied into a man who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah ski resort, alleging in a counter claim that the man actually plowed into her from behind and delivered a full "body blow." Paltrow was skiing on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, Jussie Smollett participates in the "Empire" panel during the FOX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Chicago's top prosecutor has recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by Smollett. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx offered few specifics when announcing she was stepping back Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 10:51 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor. The office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx offered few specifics Tuesday when...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2018 file photo, a flower rests near a memorial to a victim of the Station nightclub fire following in West Warwick, R.I. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire that killed 100 and injured more than 200 others, started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing. The site of the fire is now a memorial park. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
February 20, 2019 - 9:54 am
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the walls of The Station nightclub...
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Ruth E. Carter accepts the career achievement award as Danai Gurira, from right, and Halle Berry look on at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 20, 2019 - 9:37 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Ruth E. Carter may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on "Black Panther," but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious career. "After...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Dua Lipa arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead nominations for the U.K. music industry's Brit Awards, taking place on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Lipa, whose star status was cemented with two Grammy awards earlier this month, is up for four trophies, including single of the year for both "One Kiss" and "IDGAF." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)
February 20, 2019 - 6:35 am
LONDON (AP) — Home-grown talents Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie and George Ezra lead the nominations for the U.K. music industry's Brit Awards , set to be handed out at a ceremony featuring performances by "The Greatest Showman" star Hugh Jackman and DJ Calvin Harris. Lipa, whose star status was cemented by...
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In this photo taken in 2018 and provided by Pavel Otdelnov, A view of an abandoned industrial building of the factory "Zarya" in Dzerzhinsk, is on display at an exhibition in Moscow, Russia. Pavel Otdelnov, a Russian artist who grew up in Dzerzhinsk, the center of the nation's chemical industries 355 kilometers (220 miles) east of Moscow, focused on the city, one of the most polluted in Russia, in his new 'Promzona' art show. (Pavel Otdelnov, Photo via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 6:28 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Otdelnov recalls how as a child he saw his mother boil his parents' bedding every day. His father worked in the factories of Dzerzhinsk, the center of Soviet chemical manufacturing, and the chlorine and phosgene that yellowed the sheets seeped through protective gear into his...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 4:34 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Chicago police said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 1:06 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman...
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