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Senate approves $483B virus aid deal, sends it to House

WASHINGTON — A $483 billion coronavirus aid package flew through the Senate on Tuesday after Congress and the White House reached a deal to replenish a small-business payroll fund and provided new money for hospitals and testing.
Mantel, Evaristo among finalists for fiction's Women's Prize

Mantel, Evaristo among finalists for fiction's Women's Prize

LONDON — Hilary Mantel’s Tudor blockbuster “The Mirror and the Light” and Bernardine Evaristo’s tapestry of black women’s stories, “Girl, Woman, Other,” are among six finalists for the international Women’s Prize for Fiction.
HBO Max set for May 27 launch, initial lineup announced

HBO Max set for May 27 launch, initial lineup announced

NEW YORK — The streaming service HBO Max will launch May 27, AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced Tuesday, signalling that the so-called streaming wars won't subside because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo, Trump ready to meet after trading virus barbs, praise

Cuomo, Trump ready to meet after trading virus barbs, praise

WASHINGTON — Their back-and-forth during the coronavirus pandemic has included insults, sharply contrasting views on the role of the federal government and some moments of mutual admiration. Now President Donald Trump and New York Gov.
A dark, twisted, heartfelt family pic in 'The Willoughbys'

A dark, twisted, heartfelt family pic in 'The Willoughbys'

LOS ANGELES — Maya Rudolph loves stories about unconventional families. It’s why her daughter brought Lois Lowry’s “The Willoughbys” to her attention well before she knew that there was a planned film adaptation.
Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday without fanfare

Queen Elizabeth II marks 94th birthday without fanfare

LONDON — Britain marked Queen Elizabeth II's 94th birthday with silence Tuesday, as the nation in lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic forgoes the usual gun salutes and ringing of bells.
Film adaptation of new 'Hunger Games' book is in the works

Film adaptation of new 'Hunger Games' book is in the works

NEW YORK — The next “Hunger Games” book is coming out next month, and a movie version is now being planned.
Fans invited to compete for 'Friends' reunion special spot

Fans invited to compete for 'Friends' reunion special spot

NEW YORK — The big upcoming “Friends” reunion special is inviting a few extra friends — maybe even you.
Asia Today: Singapore extends lockdown amid surge in cases

Asia Today: Singapore extends lockdown amid surge in cases

BANGKOK — Singapore will extend its partial lockdown by four more weeks after reporting thousands of new coronavirus cases in recent days, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Tuesday.

Watchdog: Pandemic worsening threat to global media freedom

PARIS — Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders is sounding the alarm that the coronavirus pandemic poses a threat for press freedom around the world.
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