Soprano Nadine Sierra wins 2017 Richard Tucker Award

NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Nadine Sierra has won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera. The 28-year-old Florida native is “an American singer at the threshold of a major international career,” according to the Richard Tucker Music...

Viewership of 'O'Reilly Factor' drops without Bill O'Reilly

NEW YORK (AP) — Through four days of Bill O’Reilly’s vacation, his show’s viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. O’Reilly is on a nearly two-week vacation at the same time Fox News...

Lawsuit says singer Thalia failed to promote fashion brand

NEW YORK (AP) — A Mexican fashion retailer says superstar singer Thalia (Tah-LEE’-ah) failed to promote her branded products while demanding diva-like perks including a $65,000 plane ride and a $10,000 stylist. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan by EDF Brands charges that...

Egypt policeman dies in gunmen attack near Sinai monastery

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen opened fire on an Egyptian police checkpoint near the famed Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai late on Tuesday, killing one policeman and wounding four, security and medical officials said. According to the officials, the gunmen were shooting...

South Sudan refugees take 13 UN Congo mission staff hostage

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Unarmed South Sudanese refugees took 13 staff members hostage at a United Nations camp in eastern Congo on Tuesday, demanding that they be moved to another country, the U.N. mission in Congo said. Negotiations with the refugees living at the Munigi...
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Ex Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offers facts on government

AP Photo/Alex Gallardo NEW YORK (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has created a new organization to analyze government spending and revenue to make it easier to understand. He says he created USAFacts because he was frustrated he couldn’t find a single source...
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AP Explains: Behind the visa program targeted by Trump

AP Photo/Susan Walsh NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is targeting a visa program cherished by tech companies for bringing in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries. Although these visas, known as H-1B, aren’t supposed to displace...
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Facebook CEO wants to augment your reality

AP Photo/Noah Berger SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone’s camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually. The promise of...
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Timeline: Ivanka Trump goes to Washington, and sales surge

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite SHANGHAI (AP) — As Ivanka Trump builds a new political career as an adviser to her father, the commercial engine of her lifestyle brand is going strong. Sales, by some measures, have reached record highs this year. Trump founded the brand in...

Viewership of 'O'Reilly Factor' drops without Bill O'Reilly

NEW YORK (AP) — Through four days of Bill O’Reilly’s vacation, his show’s viewership declined by 23 percent in the hands of substitutes Dana Perino, Eric Bolling and Greg Gutfeld. O’Reilly is on a nearly two-week vacation at the same time Fox News...