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Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community

Christians strip down at a South Texas nudist community

(RNS) — Outside the small Texas town of Elsa, a sheet metal fence too tall to see over surrounds a few acres of prime Rio Grande Valley land. In front of the compound’s drab, gray gate, bright orange letters spell out “Nature’s Resort.
Star Trek’s ‘Strange New Worlds’: In defense of episodic TV

Star Trek’s ‘Strange New Worlds’: In defense of episodic TV

Two generations after its 1966 debut, the universe of “Star Trek” has become a vast and sprawling mural in these heady days of streaming TV.
Taika Waititi takes a hammer to Thor in 'Love & Thunder'

Taika Waititi takes a hammer to Thor in 'Love & Thunder'

NEW YORK (AP) — To a large degree, modern blockbuster moviemaking has depended on the appeasement of fans to keep franchise juggernauts smoothly humming. But in making “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Taika Waititi had no interest in that.
Ciao! American Kennel Club adds a breed, the bracco Italiano

Ciao! American Kennel Club adds a breed, the bracco Italiano

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. dog lovers, say “benvenuto” to the bracco Italiano. The ancient Italian bird-hunting dog is the 200th member of the American Kennel Club's roster of recognized breeds, the organization announced Wednesday.
How one Canadian writer turned Max Martin's Top 40 hits into a smashing pop musical

How one Canadian writer turned Max Martin's Top 40 hits into a smashing pop musical

TORONTO — “Schitt’s Creek” writer David West Read admits he wasn’t attuned to Max Martin’s outsized role in shaping pop music when producers working with the hitmaker called on him to pitch the musical that would become “& Juliet.
Telus Corp. marks opening of Telus Sky in downtown Calgary

Telus Corp. marks opening of Telus Sky in downtown Calgary

CALGARY — Telus Corp. marked the opening of its new 60-storey Calgary headquarters on Wednesday. The new $400-million skyscraper, Telus Sky, has been in development for nine years and is now the third-tallest building in downtown Calgary.
US allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

US allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pharmacists can prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients under a new U.S. policy announced Wednesday that's intended to expand use of Pfizer's drug Paxlovid.
US to diversify infant formula industry to avoid shortages

US to diversify infant formula industry to avoid shortages

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is trying to help foreign makers of baby formula stay on the U.S.
Review: ‘The Sea Beast’ is a charming, animated adventure

Review: ‘The Sea Beast’ is a charming, animated adventure

For a young imagination, there is something uniquely captivating about a stowaway story on the high seas. The stakes are great, but the adventure is so far removed from any reality most kids know that it becomes a purely transportive experience.
Rocker Carlos Santana 'doing well' after collapsing onstage

Rocker Carlos Santana 'doing well' after collapsing onstage

DETROIT (AP) — Guitar icon Carlos Santana collapsed on stage during a show in Michigan and was rushed to a hospital, later blaming the episode on forgetting to eat or drink water.