Pitt comfortable with oldest son seeing ‘Fury’

WASHINGTON (AP) — While the World War II drama “Fury” depicts a gruesome look at war through the exploits of a tank crew in Nazi Germany, Brad Pitt feels his 13-year old son, Maddox, can handle the content. “He’s a World War II buff,” Pitt told...

Movie screens to show a special ‘Billy Elliot’

NEW YORK (AP) — If you despaired at missing the sight of 25 Billy Elliots onstage together this fall, get your dancing shoes on. Fathom Events will next month broadcast to U.S. movie theaters the special performance that brought together past and present Billys for a...

Greek markets nosedive amid political uncertainty

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Uncertainty over the government’s survival and future of Greece’s bailout program has spurred a second day of heavy selling on the Athens Stock Exchange, with the main index down a massive 9.4 percent. Wednesday’s plunge follows a...
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Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

NEW YORK (AP) — Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages — frozen eggs? Silicon Valley’s biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and...

New York factory growth at slowest pace in 6 mos.

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Wednesday that its Empire State Manufacturing index dropped to 6.2 in October, down sharply from...
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UEFA to investigate Serbia-Albania violence

LONDON (AP) — UEFA will open disciplinary cases on Wednesday against the Serbian and Albanian football associations over the fighting between players and fans that led to their European Championship qualifier in Belgrade being abandoned. The violence broke out after a drone...
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Alaska will issue marriage licenses to gay couples

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska will begin accepting marriage applications from same-sex couples Monday after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage — the nation’s first such prohibition approved by voters. The decision late Sunday...

Bloomberg foundation launches public art challenge

NEW YORK (AP) — Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched a challenge inviting U.S. cities to develop temporary public art projects that enhance cultural and economic activity. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable foundation made the announcement...