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Lee Daniels and Andra Day take on Billie Holiday’s legacy

Lee Daniels and Andra Day take on Billie Holiday’s legacy

Lee Daniels didn’t want to touch the story of Billie Holiday. “Lady Sings the Blues” already existed after all. The 1972 film with Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams showed him Black romance and a Harlem like he’d never seen on screen before.
Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

LONDON — Children in England will return to class and people will be able to meet a friend outside for coffee in two weeks’ time, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday as he laid out a slow easing of one of Europe’s strictest pandemic lockdow
Court won't revive porn star’s defamation suit against Trump

Court won't revive porn star’s defamation suit against Trump

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from porn star Stormy Daniels, who sought to revive a defamation lawsuit she filed against former President Donald Trump.
Europe-bound migrants found amid broken glass, toxic ash

Europe-bound migrants found amid broken glass, toxic ash

MADRID — Something seemed wrong to the guard inspecting sealed bags of toxic ash in the port of Melilla, one of Spain’s two small territories in North Africa.

Police say militants kill 4 women instructors in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Suspected militants on motorcycles ambushed a vehicle carrying instructors from a private vocational school in northwest Pakistan on Monday, killing four women and wounding the driver before fleeing, police said.
Angry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist

Angry youths rattle Spain in support of jailed rap artist

BARCELONA, Spain — The imprisonment of a rap artist for his music and tweets praising terrorist violence and insulting the Spanish monarchy has set off a powder keg of pent-up rage this week in the southern European country.
In 'Minari,' harvesting an American dream

In 'Minari,' harvesting an American dream

NEW YORK — The riverbed, more than anything else, needed to be exactly right. In Lee Isaac Chung’s Arkansas-set family drama, “Minari,” land is something more than a setting. It’s a future. It’s a dream.

Rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad, no casualties

BAGHDAD — Three rockets were fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Monday without causing any casualties, Iraq’s army said. Security officials said the U.S. Embassy was the target.
Podcast odd couple: Obama, Springsteen in Spotify series

Podcast odd couple: Obama, Springsteen in Spotify series

NEW YORK — Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen are teaming up for an eight-episode Spotify podcast series, swapping stories about their upbringings and even a White House singalong around a piano.
EU to hit more Russian officials with sanctions over Navalny

EU to hit more Russian officials with sanctions over Navalny

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to impose new sanctions against Russian officials linked to the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and expressed concern that the government in Moscow appears to see the 27-nation bl