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  1. "Black Panther" has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local isiXhosa language used in the film's Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the U.S. president's views, which several African nations...
  2. As the world watches the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, some American athletes in Washington are lacing up their skates to train for their own, major sporting event. Special in every way, these young people work to overcome their developmental obstacles to compete for gold — just like the world's top athletes in Pyeongchang. Arash Arabasadi reports from Washington.
  3. The world, some fret, is falling apart. Politicians spar viciously on social media. Leaders lie. Former heroes fall like dominoes amid endless scandals. Cruelty has come to feel commonplace. But never fear: We have curling. The sport with the frenzied sweeping and clacking rocks has rules that require players to treat opponents with kindness. Referees aren’t needed, because curlers police...
  4. By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves. Who didn't want to be like Mike? But those fortunate black athletes like Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods did not, for the most part, use...
  5. We're on the move with the five most popular songs in the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles chart, for the week ending Feb. 17, 2018. Our musical deck gets shuffled this week, but no new songs manage to break into the charmed circle. Number 5: Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage "Rockstar" Former champs Post Malone and 21 Savage back off a slot to No. 5 with "Rockstar." 21 Savage loves his...
  6. A termination agreement between embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn and the company bearing his name shows that he won't receive any compensation and can't be involved in any competing gambling business for two years. The terms of the agreement were released Friday by Wynn Resorts. Wynn resigned as CEO earlier this month amid sexual misconduct allegations. The billionaire has vehemently denied...
  7. Highlights from media coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics: BEING THERE: Sometimes the secret to good reporting is simply being there, even if you'd rather not. Alpine skiing reporter Steve Porino was right near American Mikaela Shiffrin as she vomited before heading out on her first slalom run Friday in South Korea. Fortunately, he didn't have a camera. Was it nerves? Was Shiffrin coming down...
  8. Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.   For men of all faiths in the holy city, a beard can be an important statement of religious devotion, connecting past generations to God through the tangled strands of history. Facial hair also reflects social mores in many...
  9. A comedy sketch that featured a Chinese woman in blackface has drawn accusations of racism after being broadcast on Chinese state television's Lunar New Year variety show, although some people in Beijing were left wondering why it would be considered offensive. The skit was shown Thursday night on state broadcaster CCTV and depicted the opening of a Chinese-built high-speed railway in Kenya....
  10. Feel as though you're in the dark when it comes to the underwater world?   New York's American Museum of Natural History is working on just the solution: a floor-to-ceiling installation depicting creatures that glow.   Photographers got a sneak peek on Thursday as one of the centerpieces was installed for an exhibition called “Unseen Oceans.”   The intersection of nature and art is dubbed...