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International Balloon Fiesta grounded over virus concerns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There will be no hot air balloons lifting off this fall as part of an international event that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and ballooning teams from around the world to the heart of New Mexico.
Joel Schumacher, director of 'St. Elmo's Fire,' dies at 80

Joel Schumacher, director of 'St. Elmo's Fire,' dies at 80

NEW YORK — Joel Schumacher, the eclectic and brazen filmmaker who dressed New York department store windows before shepherding the Brat Pack to the big screen in “St.
Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

Simple design steps can take your garden to the next level

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The flower beds are finished, the vegetables are growing, and yet something could be missing from the backyard landscape: That “wow” factor.
Is it safe to form a COVID-19 'support bubble' with friends?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 'support bubble' with friends?

Is it safe to form a COVID-19 “support bubble” with friends? Yes, if done correctly. Support bubbles, also known as quarantine pods, may help fend off loneliness and anxiety after months of social distancing.
Free 'Do the Right Thing' rental; Spike Lee talk offered

Free 'Do the Right Thing' rental; Spike Lee talk offered

LOS ANGELES — “Do the Right Thing” is free to rent on several platforms all week and an online discussion will be held with director Spike Lee on his 1989 film about racism, protests, police brutality and a New York neighbourhood in turmoil.
Ben Mulroney steps down as 'etalk' anchor to make room for 'diverse voices'

Ben Mulroney steps down as 'etalk' anchor to make room for 'diverse voices'

TORONTO — Bell Media says Ben Mulroney will step down as anchor of CTV's "etalk" to make room for "diverse voices" after the broadcaster cut ties with his wife, Jessica Mulroney, for behaviour out of line with its "commitment to diversity.
'Semi-normal:' restaurants, gyms, churches in Montreal allowed to reopen

'Semi-normal:' restaurants, gyms, churches in Montreal allowed to reopen

Montrealer Jacob McPhee was finally back at the gym on Monday, eager to start gaining back the 20 pounds of weight he had lost over the previous three months. "I'm a little discouraged and I want to gain it back," McPhee said.
'Semi-normal:' restaurants, gyms, churches in Montreal allowed to reopen

'Semi-normal:' restaurants, gyms, churches in Montreal allowed to reopen

Montrealer Jacob McPhee was finally back at the gym on Monday, eager to start gaining back the 20 pounds of weight he had lost over the previous three months. "I'm a little discouraged and I want to gain it back," McPhee said.

'American Idol' 2019 winner Laine Hardy diagnosed with virus

LIVINGSTON, La. — Laine Hardy, the 2019 winner of “American Idol,” says he has been diagnosed with COVID-19 but his symptoms are mild and he is recovering under home quarantine.
New this week: 'Clemency,' BET Awards, HAIM, 'Doctor Sleep'

New this week: 'Clemency,' BET Awards, HAIM, 'Doctor Sleep'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week.