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"The Lion King" cast appear at the curtain call following their first show back after the COVID-19 shutdown, at the Minskoff Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Cheers greet the reopening of three mega-hit Broadway shows

- Associated Press

Theater royalty — in the form of Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Taymor and Lin-Manuel Miranda — welcomed back boisterous audiences to “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” for the first time since the start of the pandemic, marking Tuesday as the unofficial return of Broadway.

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FILE - This July 2020 file photo shows the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Montana's legislature passed restrictive laws severely curbing quarantine and isolation powers, increasing local officials' power over local health boards, preventing limits on religious gatherings, and banning employers — including in health care settings — from requiring vaccinations for COVID, the flu or anything else. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

- Associated Press

Republican legislators in more than half of U.S. states, spurred on by voters angry about lockdowns and mask mandates, are taking away the powers that state and local officials use to protect the public against infectious diseases.

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Chess champ, challenger square off in rare pre-match battle

- The Washington Times

Another week, another unwritten rule of the game thrown on the ash heap of history. We wrote last week of the unusual sight of world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia actively competing on the world chess scene with their title match barely more than two months away. Time was when the prospective gladiators would withdraw totally from the arena, working in secret with seconds and trainers in preparation for the Big Match.

This Dec. 16, 2020, file photo shows an illuminated Apple logo at a store in Munich, Germany. Apple has released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers say could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any user action. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)

How to update Apple devices to correct security flaw

Associated Press

Apple has released a critical software patch to fix a security vulnerability that researchers say could allow hackers to directly infect iPhones and other Apple devices without any involvement of the owner.

In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. South Korea’s competition watchdog says it plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems, in what would be one of the country's biggest antitrust penalties ever. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

South Korea to fine Google $177M for forcing software on devices

- Associated Press

South Korea's competition watchdog plans to fine Google at least 207.4 billion won ($177 million) for allegedly blocking smartphone makers like Samsung from using other operating systems, in what would be one of the country's biggest antitrust penalties ever.