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Hvorostovsky withdraws from staged opera because of tumor

AP Photo/Shiho Fukada NEW YORK (AP) — Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from a staged opera performance because of treatment for a brain tumor. The 54-year-old Russian baritone was diagnosed with the tumor in June 2015. He was given emotional receptions when he appeared...
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Mandolin whiz Thile brings younger crowd to 'Prairie Home'

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mandolin whiz Chris Thile (THEEL’-ee) says he still feels “like a kid in a candy store” taking over as host of the long-running public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.” The 35-year-old Thile was...

'Jeopardy!' contestant dies of cancer before show airs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who competed on “Jeopardy!” while battling terminal colon cancer has died the week before her episode was set to air but prize money has gone to cancer research as she wished. “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says in a...

‘Seeing eye camel’ acts as guide for blind horse at zoo

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A horse and a camel at a Maine petting zoo have formed an unlikely friendship. The 5-year-old camel, Caesar, at the Pony X-Press Zoo in Winslow has become a guide for Dolly the horse, who is blind. The zoo’s Ed Papsis tells WGME-TV...

Ohio Lawmakers Consider Abortion Ban, Concealed Weapons Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and permit concealed weapons in more places are up for consideration by the full Ohio House as lawmakers are wrapping up their two-year session. The House could consider the 20-week abortion ban Thursday. The ban...

Major survey of transgender Americans finds pervasive bias

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest-ever survey of transgender Americans paints a grim picture of pervasive discrimination and harassment, to the point that many of them attempt suicide at some point. Released on Thursday by the National Center for Transgender Equality, the survey...

Coca-Cola's new push: Pair Coke with lobster, paella, ramen

NEW YORK (AP) — What beverage goes best with lobster rolls, a bagel sandwich stuffed with whitefish, or a bowl of ramen? Coke wants you to think of soda. Coca-Cola is trying to sell more of its flagship beverage by suggesting the cola can accompany a wide range of meals,...

IOC president Bach wants life bans for proven Russian cheats

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who are proven to have been part of a doping “manipulation system” should be banned for life from the Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said Thursday. Bach gave his personal view one day before...

Heavyweight champ Joshua fights Molina in Klitschko warm-up

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Anthony Joshua has risen to the top of boxing’s heavyweight division in serene fashion, with barely a clean punch landing on him in 17 straight professional wins. For the British fighter, the real work starts now. On Saturday, Joshua makes...

NASCAR star Earnhardt cleared to race again after concussion

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who missed the final 18 races of last season because of a concussion, has been medically cleared to return next year. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Earnhardt will take part in the season-opening Daytona...