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Japanese pro-wrestler in popular reality show dies at 22

Published On: May 24, 2020 02:39 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Hana Kimura, a Japanese pro-wrestler who appeared in the latest series of the popular reality show “Terrace House,” has died. She was 22.

Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims ‘pure fabrication’

Published On: May 24, 2020 01:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

NEW YORK, May 24: Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a “pure fabrication,” the institute’s director said.

The promotion will be virtual for new “Hunger Games” novel

Published On: May 23, 2020 02:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

When Suzanne Collins’ “Mockingjay” was published a decade ago, Books of Wonder owner Peter Glassman put on a show: a late-night celebration for hundreds at his Manhattan store, with jugglers, costumes, a trivia wheel, cupcakes with the “Mockingjay” logo and a rare public reading from Collins herself.

Virus cases drop to zero in China but surge in Latin America

Published On: May 23, 2020 01:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

TOKYO, May 23: The coronavirus pandemic continued to drop in much of Asia on Saturday even as the outbreak surged in Latin America, as the world grappled with balancing the urge to restart economies with fears about health risks.

Oprah Winfrey gives grants to ‘home’ cities during pandemic

Published On: May 21, 2020 04:48 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Oprah Winfrey is giving grants to the cities she’s called home through her $12 million coronavirus relief fund.

Little Richard laid to rest at Alabama alma mater

Published On: May 21, 2020 04:44 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Little Richard was remembered not just as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer but a man of generosity and faith at a memorial service at his alma mater where he was laid to rest Wednesday.

How should I clean and store my face mask?

Published On: May 21, 2020 03:00 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

‘Twilight’ actor found dead with girlfriend in Las Vegas

Published On: May 20, 2020 04:49 PM NPT By: Associated Press

An actor in the film “Twilight” and his girlfriend were found dead last week in a Las Vegas condominium, authorities said Tuesday.

Beyoncé to give graduation speech alongside the Obamas

Published On: May 20, 2020 04:43 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Beyoncé has been added to the list of guest speakers for YouTube’s virtual commencement ceremony that will also feature the Obamas.

Global worries as infections spike in Russia, Brazil, India

Published On: May 19, 2020 07:30 PM NPT By: Associated Press

MOSCOW, May 19: New coronavirus cases have been spiking from India to South Africa to Mexico in a clear indication that the pandemic is far from over, while Russia and Brazil now sit behind only the United States in the number of reported infections.

Video app TikTok names top Disney streaming exec as new CEO

Published On: May 19, 2020 03:49 PM NPT By: Associated Press

TikTok has been the focus of U.S. national-security concerns because of its Chinese ownership. A U.S. national-security agency is reviewing ByteDance’s purchase of TikTok’s precursor, Musical.ly, while the U.S. military branches have banned the app from government-issued phones

Guitarist Jorge Santana, brother of Carlos, dies at 68

Published On: May 18, 2020 05:08 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Guitarist Jorge Santana, the younger brother of Carlos Santana and whose guitar riffs on the band Malo’s 1972 hit “Suavecito” transformed the song into a Chicano anthem, has died.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland set to reopen this week in Memphis

Published On: May 18, 2020 05:03 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Elvis Presley’s Graceland says it will reopen Thursday after it shut down tours and exhibits due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

Chinese survey team plans to summit deserted Everest

Published On: May 17, 2020 01:34 PM NPT By: Associated Press

BEIJING, May 17: A Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world’s tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers.

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ director Lynn Shelton dies at 54

Published On: May 17, 2020 01:27 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed “Humpday” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” has died. She was 54.

Astrid Kirchherr, photographer of the Beatles, dead at 81

Published On: May 16, 2020 02:50 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Astrid Kirchherr, the German photographer who shot some of the earliest and most striking images of the Beatles and helped shape their trend-setting visual style, has died at age 81.

Obamas, Oprah join Chicago project reading to kids online

Published On: May 15, 2020 11:07 AM NPT By: Associated Press

Barack and Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey have joined the ranks of famous Chicagoans who are reading children’s books in videos posted online by the Chicago Public Library to engage families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Strong typhoon slams into the pandemic-hit Philippines

Published On: May 14, 2020 02:26 PM NPT By: Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines, May 14: A strong typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday after authorities evacuated tens of thousands of people while trying to avoid the virus risks of overcrowding emergency shelters.

Ex-lovers of Johnny Depp come to his defense in libel case

Published On: May 14, 2020 12:35 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Two former romantic partners of actor Johnny Depp came to his defense Wednesday in his libel suit against British newspaper The Sun, dismissing claims that he was violent or abusive.

Witherspoon, Lovato open up on Jamil’s anti-shame podcast

Published On: May 14, 2020 12:26 PM NPT By: Associated Press

Reese Witherspoon says she still feels marginalized in corporate boardrooms dominated by men. Demi Lovato describes living in a “mental prison” and battling an eating disorder that was triggered by extreme bullying in middle school.