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New this week: 'The Sea Beast,' early Elton John, 'Maggie'

New this week: 'The Sea Beast,' early Elton John, 'Maggie'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Netflix’s “The Sea Beast” brings a “Moby Dick”-like tale down to kid size.

Essence Festival says COVID vaccine still required for entry

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2022 Essence Festival of Culture clarified its admission policy Friday, saying its coronavirus safety measures remain in place after an announcement via social media saying a negative COVID test result would be allowed for admi
Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

Germany, Nigeria sign accord for return of Benin Bronzes

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Nigeria on Friday signed an agreement paving the way for the return of hundreds of artifacts known as the Benin Bronzes that were taken from Africa more than 120 years ago — an accord that Nigerian officials hope will prompt

Germany wants ads, influencers to note use of beauty filters

BERLIN (AP) — German state officials said Friday that they want advertisers and social media influencers to label any photos that have used so-called beauty filters.

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide.

Toronto cancels one fireworks display, postpones another after vendor backs out: city

The City of Toronto says it’s cancelling a Canada Day fireworks show and rescheduling another after the vendor backed out at the last minute.
Couples wed as Swiss same-sex marriage law takes effect

Couples wed as Swiss same-sex marriage law takes effect

GENEVA (AP) — Lesbian and gay couples in Switzerland rejoiced as they legally tied the knot Friday when the rich Alpine nation formally joined many other western European countries in allowing same-sex marriage, with some saying better late than neve
US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

US newspapers continuing to die at rate of 2 each week

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite a growing recognition of the problem, the United States continues to see newspapers die at the rate of two per week, according to a report issued Wednesday on the state of local news.
Zoroastrians confront depletion of their ancient faith

Zoroastrians confront depletion of their ancient faith

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the world’s present-day religions, Zoroastrianism, founded more than 3,000 years ago, is one of the most ancient and historically influential.
COVID cases up by more than 30% in Britain last week

COVID cases up by more than 30% in Britain last week

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases across Britain has surged by more than 30% in the last week, new data showed Friday, with cases largely driven by the super infectious omicron variants.