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None of the 'Big Five' publishers will attend BookExpo

None of the 'Big Five' publishers will attend BookExpo

NEW YORK — All of the so-called “Big Five” publishers have dropped out of BookExpo, the industry's annual national convention.
3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

WASHINGTON — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job

Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job

LONDON — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants.
Golden Globes amend eligibility rules due to virus

Golden Globes amend eligibility rules due to virus

NEW YORK — The Golden Globes will accept movies submissions without a theatrical release for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday.
US economy grew at 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

US economy grew at 2.1% rate in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON — The economy grew by a moderate 2.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, but many economists believe that will be the last positive growth seen for some time as the country endures a sharp contraction due to the coronavirus.
China bars most foreigners to curb imported virus cases

China bars most foreigners to curb imported virus cases

BEIJING — China says it is temporarily barring most foreigners from entering the country as it seeks to curb the number of imported coronavirus cases.

Whiting Awards bestow $50K prizes to 10 emerging writers

NEW YORK — Essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino and novelist Ling Ma are among this year's 10 winners of the Whiting Awards, which give $50,000 prizes for promising literary talent.
Will Smith says he’s humbled by rapper’s tribute music video

Will Smith says he’s humbled by rapper’s tribute music video

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith says he was “humbled and honoured ” after rapper Joyner Lucas released a tribute song honouring his career work. Lucas released the music video for his track “Will” on Monday.
Global pandemic postpones this year's glitzy Tony Awards

Global pandemic postpones this year's glitzy Tony Awards

NEW YORK — With Broadway shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic, producers of the annual Tony Awards have postponed this year's celebration of American theatre .
Judge: Tekashi 6ix9ine probably belongs at home, not jail

Judge: Tekashi 6ix9ine probably belongs at home, not jail

NEW YORK — The judge who sentenced the rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine to prison said Wednesday he would have ordered home confinement instead if he had known about the coronavirus in December. U.S. District Judge Paul A.
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