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  • FILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 file photo shows Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, attending the 65th Annual National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Woodson addressed Daniel Handler's (aka "Lemony Snicket) racist joke, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, with an eloquent, unflinching response in The New York Times. Handler previously made offhanded comments about Woodson being allergic to watermelon while hosting the National Book Awards. Woodson was accepting an award in the young adult category for her latest book "Brown Girl Dreaming." (AP Photo/National Book Foundation, Robin Platzer, File)

    Jacqueline Woodson writes response to Daniel Handler’s racist joke

    The Associated Press

    Author Jacqueline Woodson addressed Daniel Handler’s (aka “Lemony Snicket”) racist joke, Friday, with an unflinching response in The New York Times. Handler previously made offhanded comments about Woodson being allergic to watermelon while hosting the National Book Awards. Woodson was accepting an award in the young adult category for her latest book “Brown Girl Dreaming.”

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  • ‘Fifth Estate’ questions CBC internal probe of Jian Ghomeshi allegations

    Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – A new episode of “The Fifth Estate” takes aim at the internal CBC probe of Jian Ghomeshi, with one “Q” employee saying his faith in the broadcaster has been shaken due to lingering questions about the investigation. CBC’s flagship newsmagazine, in a program airing Friday titled “The Unmaking of Jian Ghomeshi,” looks at

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  • In this image released by Disney, a scene is shown from the upcoming film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," expected in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/LucasFilm, Disney)

    Fans go wild over 88-second ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ teaser

    The Associated Press

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a helmetless storm trooper appeared in frame, panicked and sweaty in the middle of vast desert landscape, kicking off the first official look at “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” After months of leaked images and idle speculation around director J.J. Abrams’ film, Disney and Lucasfilm

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  • Correction: Obit-Diem Brown story

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Nov. 14 reporting the death of Diem Brown, The Associated Press reported erroneously that she was 32, based on statements Brown gave to the media. Her family has confirmed she was 34 when she died. A corrected version of the story is below: MTV ‘Challenge’ star Diem Brown

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  • CORRECTS NAME OF CHARACTER PORTRAYED - In this undated photo released by the television network Televisa on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos known as Chespirito poses for a photo as his famous character El Chapulin Colorado. According to Televisa, where he worked, the famed comedian died Friday. He was 85. (AP Photo/Televisa)

    Roberto Gomez Bolanos, iconic Mexican comic known to Latin America as ‘Chesperito,’ dies at 85

    Isaac Garrido, The Associated Press

    MEXICO CITY – Roberto Gomez Bolanos, the iconic Mexican comedian who wrote and played the boy television character “El Chavo del Ocho” that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, died Friday, the Televisa television network said. He was 85. Known as “Chespirito” (chess-pee-REE-to), he changed comedy in Latin America, taking his inspiration

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  • Police: Former cast member of MTV’s ‘Real World: New Orleans’ dies in Wisconsin

    The Associated Press

    KENOSHA, Wis. – Police say a former cast member of MTV’s “The Real World: New Orleans” has died in Wisconsin. Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan Knight was found unconscious and not breathing at a friend’s residence in Kenosha around 10 a.m. Thursday. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Knight is from Kenosha. He was a cast member of

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  • FILE - This May 7, 2014 file picture shows an exterior view of the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland. The Swiss museum says Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, that it will accept trove of priceless art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt. (AP Photo/Keystone, Gian Ehrenzeller, File)

    More art in German trove identified as looted after museum publishes list

    David Rising, The Associated Press

    BERLIN – The Jewish Claims Conference said Friday it has already identified a painting stolen by the Nazis among a newly published inventory of hundreds of works that belonged to late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, and pushed for more time to investigate others. Executive vice-president Greg Schneider said in an email to The Associated Press

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  • Argentine-born conductor Daniel Barenboim talks to the media during a news conference he held at La Scala theater, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Barenboim announced he will leave his role of music director of the theater at the end of November 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Barenboim leaving La Scala to open academy for West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The Associated Press and Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

    MILAN – Daniel Barenboim says his main reason for leaving La Scala is to develop an academy for his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Barenboim’s engagement at the Milanese opera house ends next month with Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” which opens the season Dec. 7, and a cycle of piano sonatas, closing what he

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  • Houses on Gerrard Street, shown in this handout image, by Group of Seven's Lawren Harris reached a staggering $1,121,000, more than doubling its high-end estimate at Heffel Fine Art Auction House sale on Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

    Heffel fall art auction achieves $12 million in sales

    The Canadian Press

    TORONTO – A painting by Group of Seven artist Lawren Harris was the star attraction Thursday at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House fall auction. The painting, entitled “Houses on Gerrard Street,” sold for $1.12 million, far surpassing the pre-auction estimate of $350,000-$450,000. Five works by Jean Paul Riopelle, including “Ombrages” and “Sans titre” also

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  • U. of Massachusetts cuts ties to alumnus Bill Cosby amid sexual assault allegations

    The Associated Press

    BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts-Amherst has cut ties with alumnus Bill Cosby amid allegations by women accusing him of sexual assault. A university spokesman told the Boston Globe on Wednesday university officials had asked Cosby to step down as an honorary co-chairman of their $300 million fundraising campaign and Cosby agreed. Cosby received a

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