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ALBANY, N.Y. - New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic.

Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press' West Coast entertainment editor who as a reporter covered the legal aftermath of Michael Jackson's death and many celebrity trials, has been appointed the news co-operative's global entertainment and lifestyles editor.

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SAN FRANCISCO - Almost two years since a wildfire swept through his mountain town and virtually wiped it out, Steve “Woody” Culleton got to put the final touches on his new home.

NEW YORK - When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they’ve slipped into a time warp, or maybe “Back to the Future.”

CHICAGO - “Challenge accepted," they wrote — female Instagram users across the United States, flooding the photo-sharing app with black-and-white images. Together they formed a grid of millions of magazine-style captures of celebrities, spur-of-the-moment selfies and filtered snaps from wedd…

TOKYO - Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, known for his avant-garde and colorful work that included flamboyant costumes of the late rock icon David Bowie, has died of leukemia, his company said Monday. He was 76.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Every week, it seems, Kaila Barker, her husband and their five children change their minds about whether to travel from their home in Connecticut to Florida's Walt Disney World as planned in September.

It was deja vu for outdoor adventure this week, thanks to Colleen MacDonald, author of the new guidebook, Let’s Go Biking Okanagan and Beyond.

The series on the best Okanagan trails continues with Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park on the South Slopes of Kelowna.


It’s Tuesday night and the new restaurant at Naramata Inn is bumping. Every table in the high-ceiling dining room is full, as are the tables on the heritage hotel’s covered veranda, which doubles as the restaurant’s patio.

We’re all different. “Of course we are,” you say. “Everyone knows that.” And while that may be true, when it comes to weight loss and body type, most people compare themselves and their results to others. Some even go so far as to beat themselves up mentally if their results don’t measure up.

LONDON - Veteran fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood posed in a giant bird cage in London Tuesday to show her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and call for his extradition to the U.S. to be stopped.

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LONDON - Princess Beatrice wore a vintage dress loaned to her by her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace said Saturday as it released official photographs from the private family event.

TORONTO - Heart researchers say there's a surprising reason Canada has seen higher COVID-19 deaths than many countries with fewer health-care resources — more Canadians live longer with chronic disease, putting them at greater risk of dying from COVID-19.


Two years ago, West Kelowna’s Jackalope Farms was filled with people picking juicy red strawberries; however, a crop failure last season gave Jackalope Farms’ Serina Penner the opportunity to hit the reset button and assess whether she wanted to do something different.

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Residents and staff wave at the motorcyclist as they circle the Heritage Residence's driveway a couple of times before going on their way.