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Open mic night at Pilars is hot spot for Disney talent

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — At the end of the day, when the tourists are gone, Disney performers head out to their favourite spot to keep on singing after their shifts are over. Every Thursday, they perform at open-mic night at Pilars, a Winter Garden martini bar that’s developed a loyal following the past five years. …

Are female led companies the answer to sexual misconduct?

NEW YORK — The Weinstein Co. thought it had found a path to survival. A group of investors led by a respected businesswoman offered to acquire the company, rebrand it and install a female-led board of directors. It was eye-catching idea in a country where men dominate corporate boards in almost every industry. Unmoved, New …

From comfort to high tech: Food a serious quest at Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of — First, U.S. snowboarding star Chloe Kim tweeted about being “down for some ice cream” while competing in Pyeongchang, then about being “hangry” because she hadn’t finished her breakfast sandwich. Clearly, food is a big deal for Olympians, and it’s usually much more complicated than ice cream and sandwiches: the very …

Olympians balance parenthood with chasing career goals

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of — After finishing her fourth Winter Games in Sochi, Kikkan Randall decided: It was time to have a baby. But the cross-country skiing champion wasn’t ready to give up her Olympic goals. So, at 32, she looked at the calendar and plotted her window: 2016, a gap year. No World Cup …

Can gene therapy be harnessed to fight the AIDS virus?

For more than a decade, the strongest AIDS drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell’s HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and researchers are trying to perfect the gene editing that made this possible. Scientists removed some of his blood cells, disabled a gene to help them resist HIV, and returned these …

14 worms pulled from woman’s eye after rare infection

NEW YORK — An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case Monday. The woman, Abby Beckley, was …

Marvel Studios brings ‘Black Panther’ to NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK — Afrofuturism is now at New York Fashion Week. Marvel Studios sponsored a small Black Panther-inspired presentation, “Welcome to Wakanda,” on Monday featuring designs by LaQuan Smith, Chromat, Wale Oyejide of the brand Ikire Jones, Fear of God and others, including the jewelry of Douriean Fletcher in a capsule collection. Fletcher, based in …

Canadian dogs, judges and handlers head to Westminster dog show seeking glory

TORONTO — Consider them the four-legged version of Team Canada. More than 100 Canadian dogs compete this week at the venerable Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, where carefully groomed pooches and pedigree canines will strut their stuff in a bid to be named best in show. The homegrown competitors include record-holding champion …

Call it ‘snowga’: Winter weather is no match for outdoor yoga enthusiasts

MONTREAL — If you think achieving the yogi’s perfect balance and inner peace is already hard enough hard, just try it with frozen toes. But on Saturday morning, when people were more likely to be waking up over a leisurely cup of coffee, dozens of men and women were plunking yoga mats into the foot-deep …

Royal wedding guess list: Who gets a nod from Harry, Meghan?

LONDON — Forget the World Cup kicking off in Russia in June. The real competition right now is who’s going to be invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May. Everyone who is anyone in Britain is angling for an embossed royal ticket. British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua, who is seeking to add …