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A protester passes by flares during a demonstration in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Workers at the Eiffel Tower, teachers, doctors, lawyers and people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, or to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
December 17, 2019 - 9:55 am
PARIS (AP) — French union activists cut electricity to nearly 100,000 homes or offices. Eiffel Tower staff walked off the job. Even Paris opera workers joined in Tuesday's nationwide protests across France, singing an aria of anger as workers rallied against the government's plan to raise the...
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Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of "Cats," at Alice Tully Hall, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
December 17, 2019 - 9:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a special night for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as he walked the red carpet for the world premiere of the film adaptation of his Tony Award-winning stage musical “Cats” Monday night. Speaking exclusively to The Associated Press, the 71-year old composer called Taylor Swift “...
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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Ciara arrives at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Recording artist Ciara returned to the city where she launched her career to surprise students at an Atlanta-area STEM high school on Monda, Dec. 16, 2019. The R&B artist sat in on a class with students at Paul Duke Stem High, a Norcross school which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education. Students there have been using computer coding skills to remix her songs such as “Melanin”and “Set.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 17, 2019 - 5:23 am
NORCROSS, Ga. (AP) — Recording artist Ciara returned to the city where she launched her career to surprise students at an Atlanta-area STEM high school Monday. The R&B artist sat in on a class at Paul Duke Stem High, a Norcross school which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math...
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This image released by Neon shows Yeo-jeong Jo in a scene from "Parasite." (Neon via AP)
December 16, 2019 - 6:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten international films, including widely acclaimed offerings from South Korea, Spain and Senegal, are on the shortlist of movies vying for Academy Award nominations. The best international feature shortlist announced Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2019 file photo Mariah Carey performs during a concert celebrating Dubai Expo 2020 One Year to Go in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Christmas has come early for Carey: the pop star’s original holiday classic, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” has reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 25 years after its release. Billboard announced that the song topped this week’s chart, giving Carey her 19th No. 1 of her career. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
December 16, 2019 - 2:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas has come early for Mariah Carey: the pop star’s original holiday classic, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” has reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart 25 years after its release. Billboard announced that the song topped this week’s chart, giving Carey her...
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December 16, 2019 - 1:18 pm
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 22-28: Dec. 22: Actor Hector Elizondo is 83. Country singer Red Steagall is 81. TV anchor Diane Sawyer is 74. Guitarist Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick is 71. Rapper Luther Campbell is 59. Country singer-musician Chuck Mead is 59. Actor Ralph Fiennes is 57...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 11:47 am
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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FILE- In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. In an interview published Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019, in a leading Spanish newspaper, Domingo has sought to blame allegations of sexual harassment against him, on cultural differences between countries. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)
December 15, 2019 - 7:38 pm
MILAN (AP) — Opera star Placido Domingo received a standing ovation for his 50th anniversary gala concert at La Scala on Sunday and returned the appreciation with a rare a cappella performance. Standing alone on the stage holding three yellow roses, Domingo serenaded the audience with a favorite...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg listens to speeches before addressing the U.N. climate conference n Madrid, Spain. On Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, The Associated Press reported on a video circulating online and inaccurately described, in some social media posts, as showing Thunberg firing an AR-15 rifle. The shooter in the video is another young Swede named Emmy Slinge. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 13, 2019 - 2:47 pm
A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR...
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In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, Rapper turned political candidate, Brad "Scarface" Jordan, left, visits with voter Michele Lemon and her son outside of an early voting location in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Jordan is in a run-off against Carolyn Evans-Shabazz for a seat on the Houston City Council. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)
December 13, 2019 - 1:21 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — As a member of Houston’s pioneering rap group The Geto Boyz, Brad Jordan co-wrote the early 1990s hip-hop anthem “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Now, the 49-year-old rapper better known as Scarface is working to ensure Houston voters that no, their minds are not playing tricks on them:...
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