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Rush Announce 'Farewell to Kings' 40th Anniversary Set

Rush are releasing a 40th anniversary edition of their 1977 album 'A Farewell to Kings.'

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Tourist killed by falling masonry in Florence church

MILAN (AP) — Falling masonry in one of Florence's most famous churches killed a 52-year-old tourist from Spain on Thursday, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The tourist and his wife were visiting the Basilica of Santa Croce, one of the Renaissance city's top tourist attractions, where such Italian luminaries as Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli are buried.

ANSA says he was struck in the head by a decorative element that dropped from a height of 20 meters (66 feet) in one of the church's aisles.

According to media reports the stone fragment was about 15 centimeters by 15 centimeters (six inches by six inches) and gave support to a beam.

Authorities were checking the stability of the gothic-era church, which was expected to remain closed to visitors at least through Friday.

Neither the Culture Ministry in Rome, officials at the church or police were immediately available to provide additional details.

British Film Institute strips Harvey Weinstein of high honor

LONDON (AP) — The British Film Institute stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Thursday, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values.

Weinstein was awarded a BFI Fellowship in 2002 for his contribution to British cinema.

In recent weeks, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment. He has been fired by the film company he founded with his brother Bob and expelled from Hollywood's movie academy.

Weinstein denies having any non-consensual sexual activity.

The film institute said in a statement that "the serious and widespread allegations about Harvey Weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the BFI's values."

It said "sexual harassment, abuse and bullying is unacceptable under any circumstances."

"We wholeheartedly support those brave enough to come forward and speak out," the institute said. "The film industry needs more women represented on every level, on and off screen.

Several British lawmakers have also appealed for Weinstein to lose an honor he was granted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, when he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The politicians have asked the Honors Forfeiture Committee to rescind the award, which is one notch below a knighthood.

Weinstein has backed many British movies, including "Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech."

London police are investigating allegations of sexual assault against him made by two women.

Phil Miller, Canterbury Scene Influence, Dead at 68

Influential British prog musician Phil Miller has died at the age of 68.

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New Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Marrakech

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Yves Saint Laurent museum opened its doors to the public Thursday in Marrakech, the sunny, bustling, gritty Moroccan city beloved by the late French designer.

The highly-anticipated opening comes less than three weeks since the inauguration of a museum dedicated to the fashion pioneer in his home city of Paris.

The Marrakech museum, designed by the French architectural firm Studio KO, sprawls across 4,000 square meters (43,000 sq. feet) near the Majorelle Garden, which Yves Saint Laurent and his late partner Pierre Berge bought in 1980.

It features a permanent exhibit on the work of the prolific French couturier who died in 2008, and includes an exhibit hall, an auditorium, a library, a bookshop and a restaurant.

The museum was inaugurated Oct. 14 by the wife of Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Lalla Salma, alongside actresses Catherine Deneuve and Marisa Berenson.

"This project finds its genesis in the temporary exhibition organized in the Majorelle Garden, which was called 'Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco,'" explained Museum Director Bjorn Dahlstrom. "(That) exhibition was so enthusiastically welcomed that Bergé decided to create here, in Marrakech, a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent."

At the entrance to the museum, visitors bought tickets Thursday next to a red facade of Tetuan brick and granite, which Dahlstrom said "fits perfectly in the urban environment of Marrakech."

Berge, who died earlier this year and was also Saint Laurent's business partner, "often came to the construction site to see its progress," said Sanaa El Younsi, a member of the museum team. "What a pity he's not here to attend the opening."

The Majorelle Garden, next to the museum, has a special significance for Saint Laurent, who would often design his collections in the shade of the city's dappled terracotta buildings with the scent of flowers in the air. Today, the Majorelle Garden is one of the most visited tourist sites in the city.

Saint Laurent would come here "as soon as "he finished a collection, to rest and prepare a new collection" said Majorelle Garden Foundation head Quito Fierro.

"The garden was closed to the public between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to allow Yves Saint Laurent to walk without meeting people," he remembered. "Almost all the collections were drawn on a white sheet in Marrakech."

40 Years Ago: ELO's 'Out of the Blue' Marks a Turning Point

With 'Out of the Blue,' everything got more expansive for the Electric Light Orchestra – the songs, the concept, the shows and the issues.

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Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes to perform at MTV Europe Awards

LONDON (AP) — Pop star Demi Lovato, singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, rockers The Killers and grime artist Stormzy are set to perform at MTV's EMAs in London.

MTV's European music awards will also feature performances from Kesha and Camila Cabello. Rita Ora is due to host the Nov. 12 ceremony at London's SSE Arena, Wembley.

MTV said Thursday that awards presenters will include "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer, teen star Madison Beer and actress Sabrina Carpenter.

Taylor Swift leads the race with nominations in six categories, including best video for "Look What You Made Me Do." Other multiple nominees include Mendes, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar.

Winners are selected by fans across the continent.

The EMAs, held in a different European city each year, were last held in London in 1996.

George Will's next book takes long view of conservatism

George Will's next book takes a long view on the conservative movement and the "intellectual vandalism" he believes threatens it now.

The best-selling author and syndicated columnist has a deal with Hachette Books for a work "distilling" his decades of writing about political and civic life. Hachette told The Associated Press on Thursday that the book is currently untitled and scheduled for early 2019. Will was close to Ronald Reagan and other conservatives, but he left the Republican Party last summer in protest against the rise of Donald Trump, whom he has frequently denounced.

In a statement issued through Hachette, Will said one of the challenges facing the right was "intellectual vandalism" by those who call themselves conservative but have no regard for conservative principles.

Chelsea Handler ending Netflix show to focus on activism

Chelsea Handler says she is ending her weekly Netflix talk show after two seasons in order to focus on political activism.

Handler says in a statement that she plans to devote as much time as she can to become "a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen" and take on projects that have personal significance. The comedian adds that her goal is to be better informed and "participate in a more meaningful way."

Handler says a Netflix documentary is in the works where she will engage with "people of different ethnicities, religions and political philosophies."

Handler launched "Chelsea" on Netflix last year after a seven-year run on E! hosting the nightly "Chelsea Lately," which ended in 2014.

Handler says new episodes of "Chelsea" will stream each week until the end of the year.

French actress Danielle Darrieux has died aged 100

Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.

One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.

Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made her screen debut, with a supporting role in 1931's "Le Bal."

With her expressive face, liquid eyes and original, slightly nasal voice, Darrieux quickly became a favorite of French directors, appearing in films by heavyweights Claude Chabrol, Jacques Demy and Andre Techine.

She starred in legendary Austrian-born director Billy Wilder's first film, "Mauvaise graine," a 1934 gangster flick in French.

Darrieux played the leading lady in more than a half-dozen movies by Frenchman Henri Decoin. They married in 1935 and divorced six years later.

A second marriage, to Dominican playboy Porfirio Rubirosa — who was romantically linked to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ava Gardner and a host of other screen sirens — lasted five years, and was followed by a more than 40-year union with screenwriter Georges Mitsinkides.

Darrieux made a brief trans-Atlantic escapade, appearing in 1938 Hollywood flop "The Rage of Paris" before returning to France. A later American engagement — in which she replaced Katharine Hepburn in "Coco," a Broadway show about Coco Chanel — also met with little success.

As reserved in real life as she was fiery on-screen, Darrieux shunned the spotlight, spending much of her time in a village in the French countryside. She described battling her natural shyness throughout her career and often appeared visibly shaken during interviews.

"I am very simple, perhaps too simple for all this," she told ORTF television in 1972. "This whole thing, the interviews, it's too much for me."

Darrieux insisted she couldn't bear to see herself on-screen and that the only one of her movies she enjoyed watching was Max Ophuls' critically acclaimed 1953 "Madame de...," in which she played the eponymous heroine — a dazzling, adulterous countess.

As she grew older, Darrieux was increasingly cast not as leading lady but as the star's mother and, later, grandmother. In one of her late roles, Darrieux reaffirmed her status as one of French cinema's all-time greats. In the 2002 whodunit musical extravaganza "Eight Women," she played a matriarch, reigning over a nearly-all female cast that included legendary actresses Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart and Fanny Ardant.

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