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This image released by Disney shows Dan Stevens as The Beast, left, and Emma Watson as Belle in a live-action adaptation of the animated classic "Beauty and the Beast."  Disney via AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s live-action “Beauty” was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies. “Beauty and the Beast” blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to...
This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of "Sesame Street," on April 10, on both PBS and HBO.  Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop via AP
NEW YORK (AP) — Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Rather than being treated like an outsider, which too often is the plight of kids on the spectrum, Julia is...
BOSTON (AP) — A local group wants to make sure March Madness doesn’t turn into a year-round gambling habit for some people. The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling says now is a good time to talk to friends and family members — particularly children — about the consequences of problem...
TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country’s space program, the North’s state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday’s test at the Sohae launch site, according...
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — The bodies of two Boston-area snowshoers hit by an avalanche in Alberta were recovered after searchers were finally able to get to the site of the snowslide, officials said Friday. The man and woman — both 32 — had been presumed dead after they failed to check out of...
PARIS (AP) — French police have released the father of the Orly Airport attacker who was shot and killed while taking a soldier hostage. The Paris prosecutor’s office, which took charge of the probe after the Saturday morning attack, says the brother and a cousin of the suspect, Ziyed Ben...
PARIS (AP) — Arrests can’t come any easier than this. French gendarmes called to a robbery found the suspected thief stuck in a hole he’d made with a hammer in a shop window. The national gendarmerie on Sunday published a photo appearing to show the man half-in and half-out of the hole. “...
Today is Monday, March 20, the 79th day of 2017. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 6:28 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1942, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, having evacuated the Philippines at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,...
BOSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is heading to Beacon Hill to outline its legislative goals. The organization is calling on state lawmakers to push back against what it describes as the “forces of racism, sexism and anti-immigrant sentiment unleashed by the 2016...
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — After serving nearly four years as the U.S. Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz has returned to his roots at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The nuclear physicist was nominated to the cabinet by President Barack Obama in 2013. He left office in January with the...

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