Early Rubens exhibition at AGO highlights 'anti-war art that changed the world'

Samson and Delilah, c. 1609, by Peter Paul Rubens. Early Rubens exhibition co-curator Sasha Suda notes that this painting attains its dramatic power by letting the viewer know what Samson doesn’t, with his docile, unsuspecting pose, as well as Delilah’s knowing glance toward him. (Cincinnati Art Museum) The voluptuous female nudes painted by Peter Paul Rubens are so famous that ...

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MasterCard, Visa exit Facebook's Libra digital currency plan

Visa and MasterCard announced they are leaving the Libra Association. France and Germany last month pledged to block Libra from operating in Europe and backed the development of a public cryptocurrency instead. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) Visa and MasterCard on Friday announced their departure from Facebook’s Libra project, a potentially fatal blow to the social network’s plan for a worldwide digital currency. ...

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Jane Fonda arrested protesting climate change in Washington

Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change. The actor and activist was handcuffed on the east side steps and escorted into a police vehicle. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/The Associated Press) Jane Fonda was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Friday while peacefully protesting climate change. The actor and activist was handcuffed on the east side ...

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Vaping-related lung injury may have 'more than one root cause,' CDC says

No single product or substance has been linked to all cases of e-cigarette or vaping associated lung injury. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press) People with lung injury associated with vaping or e-cigarette use could also have flu and other respiratory illnesses, U.S. health officials said Friday in updating advice to health-care professionals and the public. As of Tuesday, 1,299 confirmed or probable ...

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Our fractured, fractious age in 1 sentence: Lucy Ellmann

Lucy Ellmann is an American-born British novelist based in Scotland. Her novel Ducks, Newburyport is published by Biblioasis in Windsor, Ont. (Caroline Forbes/Biblioasis) Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport is a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. It stretches, bends and pushes the boundaries of what the novel can do. It’s stream of consciousness. It’s 1,000 pages long. And it’s all one sentence. ...

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'A scientific gold mine': Alberta fossil sheds new light on how raptors evolved

The small, feathered raptor dinosaur Saurornitholestes langstoni. (Illustration by Jan Sovak) An “exquisitely preserved” fossil of a small feathered dinosaur discovered in an Alberta provincial park is providing new information on how theropod dinosaurs evolved around the world. The 76-million-year-old species, known as Saurornitholestes langstoni, was long thought to be closely related to Velociraptor from Mongolia that some researchers called Velociraptor ...

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Amazon Cuts Contracts With Delivery Companies Linked to Deaths

A memorial at the site where 84-year-old Telesfora Escamilla was struck and killed by a van delivering Amazon packages driven by an employee of Inpax Shipping Solutions. Amazon canceled its contracts with Inpax and two other major delivery firms. ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like ...

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Trump sees 'good things' in trade talks, China dangles partial deal

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shakes hands with China’s Vice Premier Liu He before holding fresh trade talks in Washington, U.S., October 10, 2019. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic note on Friday as high-level trade talks with China entered a second day, while Beijing indicated it was open to a “partial” deal that would avoid a ...

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Doctor Who Advocated “Unethical” Care of Vegetative Patient Is Placed on Leave

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. This story was co-published with NJ Advance Media. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center placed the director of its heart transplant program on administrative leave Thursday while the hospital ...

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