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Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions

Famed Madrid flamenco venue closes amid virus restrictions

MADRID — Artists at one of Madrid’s best-known flamenco bars put on a final outdoor show Thursday, marking its closure after 140 years because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions that have shuttered entertainment venues.
Productivity down 4.2%, largest decline in nearly 40 years

Productivity down 4.2%, largest decline in nearly 40 years

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity fell at an annual rate of 4.2% in the fourth quarter, the largest quarterly decline in nearly four decades. The revised figure released by the Labor Department Thursday was slightly smaller than the 4.
Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

Will Paramount+ be a mountain or a molehill in streaming?

NEW YORK — Paramount+ debuts Thursday as the latest — and last — streaming option from a major media company, this time from ViacomCBS.
Clooney, 'Billie Holiday' among AARP movie award honorees

Clooney, 'Billie Holiday' among AARP movie award honorees

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” “Minari,” “Da 5 Bloods” and “One Night in Miami” are among the films AARP is honouring at its annual Movies for Grownups Awards, the non-profit organization said Thursday.

Picture book based on 'American Anthem' to come out in June

NEW YORK — Composer Gene Scheer, whose song “American Anthem” was quoted by President Joe Biden during his inaugural address, is returning the favour .
Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

TOKYO — The demons are everywhere, sometimes spreading like purple slime, lurking, killing.
Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure

Hospitalized Prince Philip has successful heart procedure

LONDON — Prince Philip has had a successful heart procedure at a London hospital and is expected to remain for several days of “rest and recuperation,” Buckingham Palace said Thursday.
EU regulator starts a review of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

EU regulator starts a review of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine

MOSCOW — The European Medicines Agency said it has started a rolling review of Sputnik V, many months after the vaccine was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it.
California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus and get the state’s economy open more quickly.
Palace to investigate after Meghan accused of bullying staff

Palace to investigate after Meghan accused of bullying staff

LONDON — Buckingham Palace said Wednesday it was launching an investigation after a newspaper reported that a former aide had made a bullying allegation against the Duchess of Sussex.