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Winfrey thinks about politics NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey says President Donald Trump’s victory has her rethinking whether she could be elected to the White House. Winfrey, a Hillary Clinton supporter, spoke with financier David Rubenstein in December for an interview for his Bloomberg ...

Professor has taken a selfie every day for the past 30 years

BOSTON — Long before they were called selfies, Karl Baden snapped a simple black and white photo of himself. Then he repeated it every day for the next three decades. Baden’s “Every Day” project officially turns 30 on Thursday and he says he has no intention of stopping. The stark ...

Take two at the Oscars “Moonlight” wins best picture after mix-up

LOS ANGELES — “Moonlight” won the best picture trophy at the Academy Awards in a historic Oscar upset that followed Warren Beatty at first reading the wrong winner. Shock and chaos spread through the Dolby Theatre when producers of “La La Land” were stopped in the middle of their ...

Kimmel talks Trump, other pre-Oscars concerns

LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Kimmel says he never really wanted to host the Academy Awards, which airs at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. “If anything, what I wanted is for people to publicly say that I should be the host and that it’s an outrage that I am not the host, but then to not actually have to host ...

Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan’s hopes for wooing tourism

TOKYO — Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourism. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said last week that it’s starting a Ninja Acade-my to train people in the art of ...

Princess Diana’s life in fashion on view

LONDON — The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favored shortly before her death. It’s been 20 years since ...

Travel briefs

Italy Duomo encourages digital graffiti VATICAN CITY — Florence’s famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead. The cathedral launched a pilot project last year in its ...

Earth Matters: Slower speeds increase fuel efficiency and save lives

Challenging problems seldom have simple solutions. So when the first energy crunches came to the United States in the ’70s, we came to realize that the problem had to be confronted on multiple fronts. We were shocked into action by oil embargoes in 1973 and again in 1979. For the first ...

Review: ‘American Idiot’ marks the ‘time of your life’

Combining stagecraft and a rock concert is hardly a new idea. But “American Idiot” gives the concept fresh life, not to mention a fresh audience. Penn State Centre Stage’s rendition of this rock musical, under the direction of Erin Farrell Speer, brings together the elements one might ...

SAMA plans trip to Philly

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona is planning a bus trip to the 2017 PHS Phila­delphia Flower Show on March 14. The cost is $110 per person, with a $50 non-refundable deposit due with reservations, which are due Wednesday. Departure is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. from Lowe’s ...

Abbie Adams Blair County Christian School Student of the month

Name: Abbie Adams Age: 16 Grade: Junior Family: Parents: Kim and Jeff Adams, siblings: Hannah, Caroline, Josiah and Luke Future goals: Attend college for music, perform my music, travel the world and bring glory to God. Achievements: I’ve been accepted into all-state choir three times, ...

Uncork the Alleghenies: Savor samples and help a cause

Patrons at this year’s Uncork the Alleghenies Wine Festival on March 18 can choose from among nearly two dozen wineries, two distilleries and 50 vendors of food, jewelry, cigars and other products, say organizers. The seventh annual event at the Blair County Convention Center offers a free ...

Ligonier looks back on iconic movie ‘Slap Shot’

LIGONIER — Former Ligonier Mayor Chick Cicconi was a bit star-struck one morning 40 years ago when Art Newman, brother of Hollywood legend Paul Newman, walked into his office in town hall. “Art looked identical to his brother except his head was shaved like Yul Brynner. Art said Paul ...

Jay Z to become 1st rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame

NEW YORK — Jay Z will become the first rapper ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when he enters the prestigious organization in June. The Songwriters Hall announced Wednesday that songwriting heavyweights in the industry, including Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Max Martin and ...

Playwright who inspired ‘Moonlight’ wins PEN award

NEW YORK (AP) — The playwright who inspired the Oscar-nominated movie “Moonlight” has won a prize from PEN America, the literary and human rights organization. Tarell Alvin McCraney received an award for best mid-career playwright, PEN announced Wednes-day. McCraney’s “In Moonlight ...

New SAMA president looking to future

LORETTO — Jim Cayce of Hollidaysburg was recently elected to the president of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art Board of Trustees. The two-year term began Jan. 1. Cayce, who grew up in Dayton, loves architecture and art. He earned a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from ...

Gaffigan coming to Jordan Center

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State University is bringing in Grammy-nominated comedian Jim Gaffigan for a performance on April 8. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets range from $35.75 to $69.75 and can be purchased in person at the Bryce ...

From Seoul to Portage to Wall Street: Hard work pays off for Nikki Anderson

All through school, Nicole Anderson persevered on the Portage Area High School girls’ basketball team, mostly warming the bench because she was barely 5-foot-1 and, by her own admission, not very good. During one game — she thinks it was her senior season about two decades ago — her ...

Bieber under investigation for fracas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles authorities say they are investigating a report that Justin Bieber head butted a man during an argument at a Sunset Strip restaurant. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department says a witness reported seeing Bieber fighting with two bartenders at a West Hollywood ...