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Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares dies at 91

Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares dies at 91

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian samba singer Elza Soares died in her Rio de Janeiro home on Thursday afternoon, family members said on the artist's official Instagram account. She was 91.
Louis Vuitton stages Virgil Abloh swansong in Paris

Louis Vuitton stages Virgil Abloh swansong in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Louis Vuitton pulled out the stops Thursday to present the final collection of Virgil Abloh, the house’s first African-American creative director who died in November after a two-year battle with cancer.
After 2-year hiatus caused by COVID-19, Jazz Fest returns

After 2-year hiatus caused by COVID-19, Jazz Fest returns

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After a two-year hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic , the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returns this spring with headliners The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Nelly and
Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

Serbia scraps planned Rio Tinto lithium mine after protests

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Trying to defuse large protests by environmentalists, Serbia’s populist government said Thursday that it was canceling all licenses for mining giant Rio Tinto to open a lithium mine in the Balkan country.
R. Dean Taylor, who gave Motown one of its top hits by a white artist, dies at 82

R. Dean Taylor, who gave Motown one of its top hits by a white artist, dies at 82

TORONTO — Standing in the shadows of Motown legends, late Canadian singer-songwriter R. Dean Taylor was the outlier. He was shy, leaned into unusual melodies and offbeat storylines, and was one of the few white performers on the Black-owned label.
Former Dutch talent show producer apologizes amid scandal

Former Dutch talent show producer apologizes amid scandal

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The former producer of Dutch talent show “The Voice of Holland” apologized Thursday after allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct linked to the ratings blockbuster were aired.
Here's a look at Ontario's planned timeline to lift COVID-19 restrictions

Here's a look at Ontario's planned timeline to lift COVID-19 restrictions

Ontario will start lifting public health restrictions at the end of this month. Restrictions will be scaled back every 21 days starting Jan. 31 to allow for health indicators to be assessed.

Federal government announces funding for eight East Coast tech firms and startup hub

HALIFAX — The federal government has announced $2.27 million in funding for eight East Coast tech startups and a not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in the region.
US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

Researchers on Thursday reported the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs.
Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to face sex assault trial in May

Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to face sex assault trial in May

TORONTO — The sex assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard is set to begin in May after it was postponed multiple times due to COVID-19 restrictions.