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San Francisco Opera commissions Huang Ruo's `The Monkey King' for 2025 premiere, based on novel

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera commissioned Huang Ruo to compose “The Monkey King,” based on an episode from the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” for a fall 2025 premiere.
Federal government scales back carbon price rebates for small businesses

Federal government scales back carbon price rebates for small businesses

OTTAWA — The federal government is cutting the amount of financial relief small businesses will receive from carbon pricing revenues so it can increase the size of the rebate it is providing to rural families.
Stock market today: Tech stocks pull Wall Street lower, led by investor favorite Nvidia

Stock market today: Tech stocks pull Wall Street lower, led by investor favorite Nvidia

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks led Wall Street broadly lower as chipmaker Nvidia pulled back ahead of its earnings report this week. The S&P 500 fell 0.6% Tuesday. The benchmark index is coming off only its second losing week in the last 16.
Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, with a movie each for Paul, John, George and Ringo

Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, with a movie each for Paul, John, George and Ringo

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in not just one film, but a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own spotlight — all of which are to be directed by Sam Mendes.
'Very pleasant surprise': Canada's inflation rate tumbles to 2.9 per cent in January

'Very pleasant surprise': Canada's inflation rate tumbles to 2.9 per cent in January

OTTAWA — Canada's inflation rate fell more than expected last month as price growth moderated across the economy, including outright price declines for gasoline, airfares and clothing. The annual inflation rate tumbled to 2.
Every week is World Interfaith Harmony Week for devotees of Swami Vivekananda

Every week is World Interfaith Harmony Week for devotees of Swami Vivekananda

NEW YORK (RNS) — At a Sunday morning service on Sunday (Feb. 4), a priest gave a sermon, a choir sang devotional hymns and a congregation bowed heads in a joint prayer. It was a typical Sunday for these faithful New Yorkers.

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Nonfiction 1. Atomic Habits by James Clear, narrated by the author (Penguin Audio) 2. The Holy Grail of Investing by Tony Robbins and Christopher Zook, narrated by Jeremy Bobb, Tony Robbins and full cast (Simon & Schuster Audio) 3.
Global Citizen plans conference to team young people with world leaders like World Bank's Ajay Banga

Global Citizen plans conference to team young people with world leaders like World Bank's Ajay Banga

NEW YORK (AP) — International advocacy organization Global Citizen is turning to Gen Z and millennial leaders in its fight to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and end extreme poverty.
First federal trial for a hate crime based on gender identity starts over trans woman's killing

First federal trial for a hate crime based on gender identity starts over trans woman's killing

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first federal trial over a hate crime based on gender identity began Tuesday in South Carolina, where a man faces charges that he killed a Black transgender woman and then fled to New York. The U.S.
White House promises 'major sanctions' on Russia in response to Alexei Navalny's death

White House promises 'major sanctions' on Russia in response to Alexei Navalny's death

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death in an Arctic penal colony.