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Add rent to the rising costs bedeviling small businesses

Add rent to the rising costs bedeviling small businesses

NEW YORK (AP) — The rent has come due for America’s small businesses and at a very inopportune time. Landlords were lenient about rent payments during the first two years of the pandemic.
Graffiti artist completes world's tallest mural in downtown Calgary

Graffiti artist completes world's tallest mural in downtown Calgary

CALGARY — It looms on the edge of downtown a stone's throw from the Calgary Tower, a splash of colour amid aging buildings, railway tracks, parkades and a steady stream of traffic.
Ricky Martin denies restraining order allegations

Ricky Martin denies restraining order allegations

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin on Sunday denied allegations that led to a restraining order against him, with police noting that he has not been charged with any crime.
Feds: R. Kelly remains on suicide watch 'for his own safety'

Feds: R. Kelly remains on suicide watch 'for his own safety'

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are pushing back on R. Kelly's claims that he was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment last week after a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for using his fame to sexually abuse young girls.
‘Minions’ set box office on fire with $108.5 million debut

‘Minions’ set box office on fire with $108.5 million debut

Families went bananas for Minions this weekend at the movie theater. “ Minions: The Rise of Gru ” brought in an estimated $108.5 million in ticket sales from 4,391 screens in North America, Universal Pictures said Sunday.
China state museum opens in Hong Kong amid patriotism drive

China state museum opens in Hong Kong amid patriotism drive

HONG KONG (AP) — China's famed Palace Museum began displaying artifacts in Hong Kong on Sunday amid a drive to build loyalty to Beijing in the former British colony that reverted to Chinese rule 25 years ago.
British theater, film director Peter Brook dies at age 97

British theater, film director Peter Brook dies at age 97

LONDON (AP) — Peter Brook, a British theater and film director known for an influential and distinguished career which saw him garner worldwide acclaim, has died. He was 97.
The long, ongoing debate over ‘All men are created equal’

The long, ongoing debate over ‘All men are created equal’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Jennings is CEO of the Lambda Legal organization, a prominent advocate for LGBTQ rights. He sees his mission in part as fulfilling that hallowed American principle: “All men are created equal.
Drake joins Backstreet Boys concert at Budweiser Stage in Toronto

Drake joins Backstreet Boys concert at Budweiser Stage in Toronto

TORONTO — Backstreet Boys fans got a surprise at the group's concert in Toronto on Saturday. There was what appeared to be a sixth Backstreet Boy at the Budweiser Stage as Canadian rapper Drake joined the boy band onstage.
Ricky Martin faces restraining order in Puerto Rico

Ricky Martin faces restraining order in Puerto Rico

A judge has issued a restraining order against Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, police said Saturday