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Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The announcement by the company was made in a U.S.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante releases graphic novel detailing political journey

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante releases graphic novel detailing political journey

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante can now add "author" to her resume with the publication of a graphic novel in which she recounts her entry into politics and takes subtle digs at the sexism she's encountered along the way.
Cher in Pakistan to help 'world's loneliest elephant'

Cher in Pakistan to help 'world's loneliest elephant'

ISLAMABAD — Iconic singer and actress Cher is in Pakistan to celebrate the departure of Kaavan, dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” who will soon leave a Pakistani zoo for better conditions after years of lobbying by animal rights groups and act

Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ani Sirois, a respiratory nurse, has spent months caring for coronavirus patients at a Portland, Oregon, hospital, and she's only getting busier as infections — and hospitalizations — surge before the holidays.
Ntlaka'pamux playwright Tara Beagan wins $100K Siminovitch Prize in Theatre

Ntlaka'pamux playwright Tara Beagan wins $100K Siminovitch Prize in Theatre

Tara Beagan says receiving the Siminovitch Prize feels like a win for every Indigenous theatremaker who came before her.
A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program

A new doc peeks inside the USPS’s Operation Santa program

Filmmaker Dana Nachman wanted to make a documentary about the United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa program for years, but it never seemed like the right time.

Excerpts of letters sent to Santa

Excerpts from letters sent to Santa that have been received by his sorting office in France: ___ “Father Christmas, if the coronavirus allows it, would it be possible to drop in on the night of the 24th ...
In Santa's mailbag, a peek into children's pandemic worries

In Santa's mailbag, a peek into children's pandemic worries

LIBOURNE, France — Jim, from Taiwan, slipped a face mask inside the greeting card he sent to Santa and marked “I (heart) u.
Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Vivian Zayas can’t keep herself from scrolling through photos of last Thanksgiving, when her mother stood at the stove to make a big pot of rice and beans and then took a seat at the edge of the table.
Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

NEW YORK — The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols.