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Alan Parker, director of "Midnight Express," dies at 76

Alan Parker, director of "Midnight Express," dies at 76

LONDON — Alan Parker, a successful and sometimes surprising filmmaker whose diverse output includes “Bugsy Malone,” “Midnight Express,” and “Evita,” has died at 76, his family said.
VIRUS DIARY: Cycling in COVID London gives hope in the gloom

VIRUS DIARY: Cycling in COVID London gives hope in the gloom

LONDON — I moved to London in 1997. I was 31. So, measuring by my London years, I’m only 24. Over the course of my London life I’ve accumulated at least 12,000 commuting hours — 500 days — in the London Underground, locally known simply as “the Tube.
Bestsellers-Books-USAToday

Bestsellers-Books-USAToday

1. "Too Much and Never Enough? by Mary L. Trump (Simon & Schuster) 2. ?Near Dark? by Brad Thor (Atria/Emily Bestler Books) 3. ?How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps? by Ben Shapiro (Broadside Books) 4. ?The Answer Is . . .
Gaga, Grande top MTV VMA noms; quarantine categories added

Gaga, Grande top MTV VMA noms; quarantine categories added

NEW YORK — It’s raining nominations for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain on Me” at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which will present new categories focused on live performances and music videos created at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
American Museum of Natural History outlines reopening plans

American Museum of Natural History outlines reopening plans

NEW YORK — Visitors to the American Museum of Natural History would need to make advance online reservations for specific times, and capacity would be sharply limited under a plan announced Thursday for a September reopening pending city and state ap
WE scandal clashes with high school nostalgia for past participants of charity

WE scandal clashes with high school nostalgia for past participants of charity

TORONTO — This week's parliamentary grilling of the WE Charity's political ties has increased scrutiny of the embattled brand, but some former members say that doesn't tarnish the relationships and life-changing experiences that shaped their formativ
Park drinking over indoor gatherings? Experts say finding risk mitigation is key

Park drinking over indoor gatherings? Experts say finding risk mitigation is key

As bars, restaurants and house parties continue to play significant roles in spreading COVID-19, some infectious disease experts in Canada think it's time to offer a safer alternative to drinking in public.
Bryan Cranston recovers from COVID-19, donates plasma

Bryan Cranston recovers from COVID-19, donates plasma

LOS ANGELES — Actor Bryan Cranston said he contracted and recovered from COVID-19 and has donated his plasma because it contains antibodies.
Highways raise alarm in Cairo's historic City of the Dead

Highways raise alarm in Cairo's historic City of the Dead

CAIRO — For centuries, sultans and princes, saints and scholars, elites and commoners have been buried in two sprawling cemeteries in Egypt’s capital, creating a unique historic city of the dead.
DeGeneres apologizes to show's staff amid workplace inquiry

DeGeneres apologizes to show's staff amid workplace inquiry

LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace.
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