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Jane Powell, Hollywood Golden-Age Musicals Star, Dies at 92

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood's golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and danced with Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding," has died. She was 92.

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
A diner at a high-end Manhattan restaurant was shot in the leg during a stickup in the eatery's outdoor seating area, police said.

Polis, 1st Openly Gay Governor Elected, Marries in Colorado

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Colorado's Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, has married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate.

'Jeopardy!' Hosts: Bialik, Ken Jennings will Finish 2021

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will split "Jeopardy!" hosting duties for the remainder of 2021.

Cancel Culture Dominates Season 2 of 'The Morning Show'

By Alicia Rancilio | Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Season two of " The Morning Show, " starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, had filmed just 13 days when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down production in March 2020.

Sand, Catan, Piñatas Lead Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Cabbage Patch Kids are up for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame along with Battleship, Risk, The Settlers of Catan, Mahjong and billiards, as well as the piñata, American Girl Dolls, Masters of the Universe and Fisher-Price Corn Popper.

Draft of Cuba's New Family Code Opens Door for Gay Marriage

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them.

Elton John Postpones European Shows after Hip Injury

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Elton John says he is postponing European dates on his world tour until 2023 so that he can have an operation on an injured hip.

White House Offers Nicki Minaj Call to Answer Vaccine Questions

By Alexandra Jaffe | Thursday Sep 16, 2021
The White House offered to connect Nicki Minaj with one of the Biden administration's doctors to address her questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, after the Trinidadian-born rapper's erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral.

Malaysia Reopens Resort Island as Vaccinations Rise

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Hundreds of holiday-makers flocked to Malaysia's northern resort island of Langkawi as it reopened Thursday to fully vaccinated travelers.

As COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Rise, Religious Exemptions Grow

By Colleen Long, Andrew Demillo | Thursday Sep 16, 2021
An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions.

Ireland's Ryanair Aims to Hire 5,000 New Staff

Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Irish airline Ryanair said Thursday that it's planning to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.

FDA Strikes Cautious Tone Ahead of Vaccine Booster Meeting

By Lauran Neergaard, Matthew Perrone | Thursday Sep 16, 2021
Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward deciding which Americans need one and when.

Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Higher Among People Living with HIV

Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
Sudden cardiac death — which occurs minutes after the heart suddenly stops beating — is far more likely to strike people living with HIV, according to a national study of U.S. veterans.

Oklahoma School Ordered to Reinstate Transgender Professor

By Sean Murphy | Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
A university in southeast Oklahoma that was found to have discriminated against a transgender English professor must reinstate the professor with tenure, a federal appeals court ruled.

Emails Reveal Conflict Over Missouri LGBTQ History Exhibit

Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
Missouri State Museum employees tried to defend an LGBTQ history exhibit to state officials before it was removed from the state Capitol after being displayed only four days, according to emails between museum and state officials.

Rarely Seen Tennessee Williams Story Set in Post-WWII Italy

By Hillel Italie | Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
Honored worldwide as a playwright, Tennessee Williams also wrote dozens of short stories. A rarely seen piece, "The Summer Woman," set in Italy, appears this week in the fall issue of the literary quarterly The Strand Magazine.

Jessica Chastain Redeems a Televangelist in 'Tammy Faye'

By Jake Coyle | Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
In the nearly 10 years it took for Jessica Chastain to get made a film about the Christian televangelist Tammy Faye Messner, she studied many of the kinds of things you'd expect.

Cheers Greet the Reopening of Three Mega-Hit Broadway Shows

By Mark Kennedy | Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
Theater royalty — in the form of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Taymor and Lin-Manuel Miranda — welcomed back boisterous audiences to "Wicked," "The Lion King" and "Hamilton" for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Alanis Morissette Blasts Documentary 'Jagged' as 'Salacious'

By Jake Coyle | Wednesday Sep 15, 2021
Just hours before the HBO documentary "Jagged" was to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, Alanis Morissette criticized the film about her life as "reductive" and "salacious."

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