FILE - Choreographer Melanie Hamrick poses for a photo with young dancers at the gala of Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest ballet scholarship competition, on April 18, 2019, after the U.S. premiere of her new ballet, "Porte Rouge" (Red Door). Hamrick's Live Arts Global company is producing “A Night at the Ballet,” a free streaming event that premieres this week. The event will treat ballet-starved fans to dancers from America’s top companies performing excerpts of classical ballets like “Romeo and Juliet, “The Nutcracker” and “Don Quixote.” (AP Photo/ Jocelyn Noveck, File)
December 14, 2020 - 1:53 pm
Of all the artists whose livelihoods have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, dancers have been among those hit hardest. They depend on a live audience to do their work, of course, and most live paycheck to paycheck. As the months have gone by, dancers have worked hard to stay relevant,...
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FILE - A pedestrian walks past boxes set up in front of book store Book Soup in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 16, 2020, to encourage shoppers to buy from independent book stores instead of online retailers like Amazon. For independent stores and publishers, the pandemic amplified the divide between the industry's biggest players and everyone else. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
December 14, 2020 - 10:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Book publishing in 2020 was a story of how much an industry can change and how much it can, or wants to, remain the same. “A lot of what has happened this year — if it were a novel, I would say that it had a little too much plot,” said Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp. Three...
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Meals on Wheels volunteers sort prepared meals prior to deliver to seniors, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at the Renton Senior Activity Center in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Nationally, Meals on Wheels America said its 5,000 community programs are, on average, serving more meals this year compared to in 2019, and nearly all of them are facing financial strain because the COVID-19 pandemic has also forced them to buy additional safety equipment and pay drivers to replace volunteers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
December 13, 2020 - 9:54 am
SEATTLE (AP) — The American spirit of generosity this holiday season may be no match for the coronavirus. Despite record amounts of charitable donations this year, the effects of the pandemic are suffocating nonprofits across the country as organizations face soaring costs and demand for help, yet...
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Spaces of Opportunity garden manager and farmer Bruce Babcock collects watermelons Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2020, from one of a handful of family farms to be sold at the weekly farmers market. Babcock spends most of his time managing and assisting other farmers at the 10-acre community farm. (AP Photo/Cheyanne Mumphrey)
December 13, 2020 - 8:19 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Bruce Babcock only has to walk across the street from his house in a residential neighborhood to get to the 10-acre patch (40,500 square meters) of farmland where he labors to help feed his community. As a community garden coordinator, Babcock works with volunteer growers and food...
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Kathy and Bud Scott pose for a photograph at their home Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in West Valley, Utah. Many snowbirds who live part time in warmer climates to escape cold weather won't be flocking south this winter. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
December 12, 2020 - 10:11 am
PHOENIX (AP) — This is the first winter in five years that Steve Monk and his wife, Linda, haven’t driven to Arizona from their home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. They typically leave Canada to hunker down in warmer climates for six months. They could fly, skirting travel restrictions at the...
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Paramedic Bertrand Brissaud, cares for the patient in room No. 10, a few hours before he died after his nearly month-long battle against COVID-19 at Bichat Hospital, AP-HP, in Paris Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The patient in room No. 10 died later on Dec. 1. His was one of 775 virus deaths in France that day, adding to a national death toll now topping 56,000 and the worldwide count of more than 1.5 million dead. As one of the man's carers, Brissaud had been more physically intimate with him than many people are with their friends. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 10, 2020 - 11:36 pm
PARIS (AP) — During their daily morning round of the intensive care unit, hospital staffers and medical students pause outside room No. 10, abruptly emptied of the patient who lost his nearly month-long battle against COVID-19 the previous evening. The man died at 6:12 p.m., the medic leading the...
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A man on a bicycle pauses on the sidewalk along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan near what has been described as "the world's largest Hanukkah menorah," Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, in New York, on the first night of Hanukkah, the annual eight-day Jewish festival of lights. Due to coronavirus restrictions, a limited and socially-distanced crowd was allowed to attend. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
December 10, 2020 - 4:57 pm
Jewish Americans from a variety of branches of the faith are celebrating Hanukkah with smaller-than-usual gatherings this year, in hopes of keeping the year-end holiday safe but still joyful as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Many Jewish Americans are already accustomed to more intimate...
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Corritta Lewis, center, and her wife Mea pose with their son Caleb, 2, in Oceanside, Calif., on Dec. 4, 2020. For some planning to stay home for Christmas, giving up the hassle and family drama of holiday travel isn't such a bad deal in the end. Corritta Lewis, who has a huge extended family in Ohio, says she is looking forward to staying home with her family and avoiding the overall mania that the holiday brings. (Corritta Lewis via AP)
December 10, 2020 - 7:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Corritta Lewis has a huge extended family. Her mom is one of 12 siblings. Usually, Christmas means that she, her wife and their 2-year-old son dig out their cold-weather gear for the schlep from home in sunny Southern California to Ohio and days of holiday chaos. Not this year. “We'...
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Can I stop wearing a mask after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin
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December 10, 2020 - 12:04 am
Can I stop wearing a mask after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? No. For a couple reasons, masks and social distancing will still be recommended for some time after people are vaccinated. To start, the first coronavirus vaccines require two shots; Pfizer’s second dose comes three weeks after the first...
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Should I wipe down groceries during the pandemic? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin
December 08, 2020 - 12:02 am
Should I wipe down groceries during the pandemic? Experts say it’s not necessary for most people. The coronavirus spreads mainly through the respiratory droplets people spray when talking, coughing, sneezing or singing. It’s why health experts stress the importance of wearing masks and social...
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