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A soup to beat the heat

Lynda Balslev Gazpacho is a warm-weather soup. In other words, it’s a cold, slurpy, thirst-quenching soup, spiked with chile heat to make you sweat and, hence, cool you down in the summer heat. The Spanish vegetable soup is tomato-based and mixed with a cornucopia (or in this case, a sheet pan) of chopped vegetables. Many…

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Saffron pasta with ricotta conjures Sardinian fields

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Each November in Sardinia, purple crocus blossoms blanket the rolling fields. It’s a striking sight against a lush green backdrop. Those same flowers also provide what locals call “red gold,” or saffron. Saffron is one of the defining flavors of the Italian island. First cultivated by the Phoenicians, saffron…

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Review: Beyoncé escapes to dance world in ‘Renaissance’

NARDOS HAILE Associated Press “Renaissance,” Beyoncé (Columbia Records) Beyoncé has been reborn again; this time it’s on a shimmering dance floor. But in her seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” she has subverted the public’s perception of her hitmaking history. Six years since her Grammy award-winning”Lemonade,” people expect Beyoncé to consistently deliver. But she does not allow…

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Will Smith posts an apology video for slapping Chris Rock

MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith has again apologized to Chris Rock for slapping him during the Oscar telecast in a new video, saying that his behavior was “unacceptable” and that he had reached out to the comedian to discuss the incident but was told Rock wasn’t ready. “There is…

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Coleen Rooney victorious in ‘Wagatha Christie’ court battle

JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — In a legal showdown between soccer spouses that mixed celebrity, social media and amateur sleuthing, a judge has ruled whodunnit. Judge Karen Steyn on Friday cleared Coleen Rooney of libeling Rebekah Vardy by claiming that Vardy had leaked her private social media posts to the tabloid press. In…

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New opera has soprano scaling the heights — literally

MIKE SILVERMAN The Associated Press Lauren Pearl is giving new meaning to the term high-flying soprano. Sure, her latest venture calls for her to sing up to a high C, but plenty of operatic heroines have to do that. What’s different in Pearl’s case is that she will be singing while scaling a 60-foot brick…

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Argentines yearn for Evita, 70 years after her death

DANIEL POLITI Associated Press BUENOS AIRES (AP) — María Eva Noble says she is carrying out the legacy of her namesake as she labors in a soup kitchen in a working class neighborhood of Buenos Aires. She was named after iconic Argentine former first lady María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as Eva Perón,…

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Self-described R. Kelly manager pleads guilty to stalking

NEW YORK (AP) — A self-described manager and adviser to R. Kelly pleaded guilty Tuesday to an interstate stalking charge, less than a week after he was convicted of making a phone threat that gunfire was about to occur in a Manhattan theater where a documentary about the singer was about to be shown. Donnell…

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Taurean Blacque, ‘Hill Street Blues’ actor, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taurean Blacque, an Emmy-nominated actor who was known for his role as a detective on the 1980s NBC drama series “Hill Street Blues,” has died. He was 82. Blacque’s family announced in a statement Thursday that he died in Atlanta following a brief illness. The New Jersey-native had guest roles on…

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Michelle Obama’s book ‘The Light We Carry’ coming this fall

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Obama will have a book out this fall, “The Light We Carry,” in which she reflects upon her experiences and shares insights on navigating an increasingly stressful world. It’s the former first lady’s first entirely new work since the 2018 release of her acclaimed…

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