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'Our Friend' is an opportunity for a good cry - if wanted

'Our Friend' is an opportunity for a good cry - if wanted

NEW YORK — If his new movie, “ Our Friend, ” makes audiences cry, Jason Segel can sympathize. He recalls being on an airplane and watching a movie that made him break down so uncontrollably that it got the attention of a woman seated next to him.
Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

SAN DIEGO — In the days before Joe Biden became president, construction crews worked quickly to finish Donald Trump’s wall at an iconic cross-border park overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which then-first lady Pat Nixon inaugurated in 1971 as a symbol o
Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty

Russia welcomes US proposal to extend nuclear treaty

MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Friday welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to extend the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two countries, which is set to expire in less than two weeks.
Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

WASHINGTON — Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, pushing the entirety of 2020 to a pace not seen in 14 years and providing one of the few bright spots for a U.S. economy mired in a global pandemic.
Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting'

Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting'

TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled .
With new album, Epik High endures in South Korea music scene

With new album, Epik High endures in South Korea music scene

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Popular South Korean hip-hop trio Epik High was working on a song called “End of the World” before the pandemic hit last year. Now, the band's frontman Tablo says, “I wish that this song is not relevant.
2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary

2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary

WUHAN, China — Two new films about Wuhan were released Friday, the eve of the anniversary of the start of a 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected.
Bond film 'No Time to Die' delayed again because of virus

Bond film 'No Time to Die' delayed again because of virus

LONDON — It's still not time for “No Time to Die.
Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

Dustin Diamond undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer

Original “Saved by the Bell” star Dustin Diamond has begun undergoing chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with cancer, according to his representative.
Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows cancelled

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows cancelled

AUSTIN, Texas — Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be cancelled , a spokeswoman said.