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Women in Film awards celebrate excellence behind the camera

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Women in Film is going behind the scenes to recognize 10 behind-the-camera talents with its annual Crystal + Lucy Awards.Eight female producers, an agent and a director accepted prizes alongside actresses Taraji P. Henson and Natalie Dormer at a dinner ceremony…

Tokyo, Paris, now Shanghai: Small world for Disney parks

HONG KONG – Walt Disney Co.’s new $5.5 billion Shanghai theme park, which officially opened Thursday as the company’s sixth resort. Here’s a look at Disney’s parks around the world:CALIFORNIA:The original Disneyland opened in 1955. Company founder Walt Disney oversaw its construction in Anaheim, California,…

Exhibit explores ancient Roman ‘designer’ labels, trademarks

ROME – In an ancient twist to today’s Made-in-Italy labeling, Romans of some 2,000 years ago took to branding with zeal, putting names, trademarks and other identifying details with meticulous care on items including tableware, plumbing pipes and lead ammunition for slingshots.The ancients’ passion and…

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Some libraries reopen after bedbugs scare

LEAMINGTON, Ont. – Nine library branches in southwestern Ontario that were closed earlier this week over a bedbugs scare have reopened.The Essex County library, which serves municipalities near Windsor, Ont., shut down all 14 of its branches Monday after finding the blood-sucking pests in three…

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Cascades to expand in U.S. Pacific Northwest

KINGSEY FALLS, Que. – Quebec-based Cascades Inc. says it will build a US$64-million plant in Oregon to make bathroom tissue and paper hand towels.The company (TSX:CAS) says the plant will be highly automated and employ 80 people when the construction is finished.It expects to create…

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‘Hamilton’ trio to accept National Archives Foundation award

WASHINGTON – The creator and star of the musical “Hamilton” will appear alongside two other creative forces of the Broadway smash at the National Archives Foundation’s upcoming annual gala.The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1YtBYfM ) reports that Lin-Manuel Miranda will join director Thomas Kail and historian Ron…

Estrada, Encarnacion and Donaldson lead Jays over Phils 7-2

PHILADELPHIA – Marco Estrada has reached the point where he doesn’t need his best stuff to pitch well.Estrada had another sharp outing, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson hit solo homers and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 on Wednesday night.Estrada (5-2) allowed…

Report: China cancels visit by kids who sang Taiwan anthem

BEIJING – Chinese organizers cancelled an invitation to a Taiwanese children’s choir which performed the island’s national anthem at last month’s inauguration of its new president, reports said Thursday, in a move criticized in Taiwan as a petty political retaliation.The Puzangalan Choir made up of…