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September 4, 2018 4:24 PM Steve Bannon dropped from New Yorker Festival after outrage from speakers

Jim Carrey played his disapproval with a little more lightheartedness. “Bannon? And me? On the same program?” he wrote. “Could never happen.” Writer and activist Roxane Gay also spoke out against the magazine’s invitation. “The New Yorker has been my holy grail for the whole of my writing life. There is no publishing credit I want more. I was writing 12

August 31, 2018 3:09 PM Washington says its goodbyes to the late Sen. John McCain

None of the speakers at the North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday uttered Trump’s name. But Biden, who is considering challenging Trump in 2020, made what some saw as a veiled reference to the president. He talked about McCain’s character and how he parted company with those who “lacked the basic values of decency and respect, knowing this project 12

August 4, 2018 9:32 PM Bright skies, good times. Caribbean Carnival hits T.O

That welcome vibe was in full force Saturday as Toronto kicked off another Caribbean Carnival Grande Parade (formerly Caribana), a celebration of Caribbean culture marking its 51st year. “Oh my God, this is great,” enthused Bobby Galupe, 20, a recent high school graduate from the Toronto area and first-timer to the parade. “I love the environment, the vibe. It makes 20

July 11, 2018 2:43 PM Maryland-based Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain at newspaper

NEW YORK—The city of Annapolis will hold a benefit concert featuring Maryland-based rockers Good Charlotte to honour the five Capital Gazette employees killed in an attack in their newsroom. Mayor Gavin Buckley said Wednesday the event dubbed “Annapolis Rising: A Benefit for The Capital Gazette and Free Press” will take place July 28 and will include 14

June 7, 2018 5:18 PM The week that was: A soccer tackle becomes a law-school question and a bridge turns into a double-zedder

REPURPOSED:The tackle that forced Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah off the field in the Champions League final. It’s become a question in a law exam. Syrian Facebook pages showed part of a first-year exam at the University of Damascus, the BBC reports. The question asks why Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, the tackler, can’t be held to account from a criminal law perspective 21

April 2, 2018 1:07 AM Jollibee, ‘McDonald’s of the Philippines,’ opening attracts thousands in Scarborough

Excited crowd of mostly Filipinos hungry for a taste of their homeland lined up in the early morning hours to dig into fried chicken, Filipino spaghetti, burger steak and more. The line began forming on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, thousands were waiting to get into Ontario’s first Jollibee — the “McDonald’s of the Philippines.” The excited crowd 25

March 24, 2018 2:27 PM Hundreds gather in Toronto in support of U.S. gun control rally

Demonstrators hear speakers at Queen's Park denounce gun violence About 200 people have gathered in Toronto on Saturday for the March of Our Lives rally to show solidarity with the U.S. gun control movement. The Toronto rally got underway at 10 a.m. at Nathan Phillips Square, where demonstrators began a march to Queen's Park. Organizers say there will be speakers 31

March 8, 2018 4:42 PM Alexa speakers that laugh randomly have been fixed, Amazon says

Amazon confirmed that in rare circumstances, the voice assistant can mistakenly hear the phrase “Alexa, laugh,” which under its normal programming would trigger it to chuckle. In the past few days, some users of Echo home speakers running Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa voice-based digital assistant have reported hearing strange laughing noises at random. Some people 33

March 8, 2018 2:02 AM Amazon Echo’s Alexa has been randomly laughing at its users — and nobody knows why

Amazon says it has changed the command for Alexa to laugh but did not say why the speaker would laugh when no one is talking. Several people who own Amazon’s Echo speakers have reported a strange bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason. Some users on Twitter and Reddit say the outbursts have been entirely spontaneous 35

February 23, 2018 5:50 PM Black Panther’s Wakanda may not be real — but its language definitely is

The idea to use isiXhosa, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages with distinctive click sounds, came from a cast member — even though most of the cast struggled to speak it. JOHANNESBURG—Much of what is seen in Black Panther is fictional, including the country where the movie is based. But in Wakanda, they do speak a language that is very much real, with distinctive 41