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WHO panel OKs emergency use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine

Published On: May 8, 2021 10:24 AM NPT By: Associated Press

GENEVA, May 8: The World Health Organization gave emergency use authorization Friday to a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China’s Sinopharm, potentially paving the way for millions of the doses to reach needy countries through a U.N.-backed program rolling out coronavirus vaccines.

Sherpa guide scales Mount Everest for record 25th time

Published On: May 8, 2021 07:19 AM NPT By: Associated Press

KATHMANDU, May 8: A Sherpa guide scaled Mount Everest for the 25th time on Friday, breaking his own record for the most ascents of the world’s highest peak.

R&B singer Aaron Neville, 80, retires from touring

Published On: May 7, 2021 06:14 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Fans of the sweet, melodic sounds of New Orleans’ legendary vocalist Aaron Neville won’t have many opportunities to hear him live from now on. In posts Thursday on his official website and via social media, Neville announced his official retirement from touring.

Family of Chris Cornell settles with doctor over his death

Published On: May 7, 2021 05:12 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The family of Chris Cornell and a doctor who they alleged over-prescribed him drugs before he died have agreed to a settle a lawsuit.

At least 25 dead during Brazilian police raid in Rio

Published On: May 7, 2021 07:19 AM NPT By: Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 7: Police targeting drug traffickers raided a slum in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and at least one officer and two dozen others died after being shot, authorities said.

Netflix series signals racial breakthrough in Italian TV

Published On: May 6, 2021 07:46 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The Netflix series “Zero,” which premiered globally last month, is the first Italian TV production to feature a predominantly Black cast, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak Italian television landscape where the persistent use of racist language and imagery is sparking new protests.

Comic strip artists band together for a silly and good cause

Published On: May 6, 2021 05:43 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Fans of newspaper comics will instantly notice something missing in many of the strips this Friday — pants. More than 25 cartoonists behind strips from “Blondie” to “Zippy the Pinhead” are celebrating the quirky holiday No Pants Day in a way that helps charities get clothing to those in need.

Billie Eilish, J Balvin, A$AP to play NY’s Gov Ball festival

Published On: May 5, 2021 02:49 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Billie Eilish completed the third stop of her massive tour, and was just two days away from headlining Madison Square Garden, before she had to cancel the trek because of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

After years, court hands tax win to Michael Jackson heirs

Published On: May 5, 2021 02:45 PM NPT By: Associated Press

A U.S. tax court has handed a major victory to the estate of Michael Jackson in a years-long battle, finding that the IRS wildly inflated the value at the time of his death of Jackson’s assets and image, leading to an estate tax bill for his heirs that was far too high.

Overpass collapse on Mexico City metro kills at least 24

Published On: May 5, 2021 08:28 AM NPT By: Associated Press

MEXICO CITY, May 5: The death toll from the collapse of an overpass on the Mexico City metro rose to 24 Tuesday as crews untangled train carriages from the steel and concrete wreckage that fell onto a roadway.

Prince Harry, Jennifer Lopez make voices heard at Vax Live

Published On: May 4, 2021 08:38 PM NPT By: Associated Press

President Joe Biden spoke about the COVID-19 vaccination being safe, Prince Harry advocated for vaccine distribution everywhere and Jennifer Lopez embraced her fully-vaccinated mother on stage during one of the largest concert gatherings in Southern California since the pandemic rocked the world more than a year ago.

Bill and Melinda Gates announce they are getting divorced

Published On: May 4, 2021 07:08 AM NPT By: Associated Press

SEATTLE, May 4: Bill and Melinda Gates said Monday that they are divorcing but would keep working together at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in the world.

Disneyland reopening marks California’s COVID-19 turnaround

Published On: May 3, 2021 01:29 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Disneyland swung open its gates to cheering visitors donning sequined Minnie Mouse ears and snapping selfies Friday, marking a dramatic turnaround in a state so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases just four months ago that patients were being treated in outdoor tents.

Alan Moore working on short stories, 5-volume fantasy series

Published On: May 3, 2021 01:25 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Alan Moore has many, many stories still to tell. The celebrated British author known for “V for Vendetta” and “Watchman” among other works has a deal with Bloomsbury for the story collection “Illuminations” and a five-volume fantasy series, “Long London.” In a statement Monday, Moore said he was “bursting with fiction, bursting with prose” and thanked his publisher for its commitment to “expanding the empire of the word.”

Grammys overhaul process for picking nominees for top awards

Published On: May 2, 2021 02:32 PM NPT By: Associated Press

The Grammy Awards have changed its tune and voted to remove its anonymous nomination review committees — groups that determined the contenders for key awards at the coveted music show.

Actor Esmé Bianco says Marilyn Manson repeatedly abused her

Published On: May 2, 2021 02:28 PM NPT By: Associated Press

“Game of Thrones” actor Esmé Bianco sued Marilyn Manson on Friday, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Manson’s attorney called the allegations “provably false.”

Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

Published On: May 1, 2021 09:07 AM NPT By: Associated Press

DALLAS, May 1: Disneyland reopened on Friday and cruise lines welcomed the news that they could be sailing again in the U.S. by midsummer, as the number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reached another milestone: 100 million.

Hospital fire kills 15 virus patients as India steps up jabs

Published On: May 1, 2021 08:49 AM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW DELHI, May 1: A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 15 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs.

Jason Matthews, author of ‘Red Sparrow’ thrillers, dies

Published On: April 30, 2021 07:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Jason Matthews, an award-winning spy novelist who drew upon his long career in espionage and his admiration for John le Carre among others in crafting his popular “Red Sparrow” thrillers, has died at age 69

‘Plus-size’ boy band in China seeks to inspire fans

Published On: April 30, 2021 05:27 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Gathered in a practice room, five generously proportioned young men in baggy black sweaters are patting their bellies and waggling their arms. Bearded with double chins, they shout “Hoo-Ha!” in time to upbeat African drums.