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Top Picks: Marian Hill's 'Act One,' the Topo Maps app, and more

The Smithsonian Channel's 'Pocahantas: Beyond the Myth' cuts through the legend, moviegoers return to the world of 'Harry Potter' with 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' and more top picks.

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Everybody into the pool – or the scrum?

A look at Washington’s vocabulary for ways of making officials available to the media – or not.

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Kid approved recipe: one-skillet chicken and biscuits

With a few small adjustments, a complicated (but delicious recipe) won the approval of the toughest critics in the house.

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'Empire' returns: Is the industry-changing show still a trendsetter?

When 'Empire,' which has a largely African-American cast, debuted in January 2015, the amount of and demographics of viewers it attracted drew interest. Is the Fox show still bringing in viewers today and what effect has the show had on other diverse shows being greenlit?

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'Zootopia' lawsuit says basis for film was stolen from 'Total Recall' writer

Gary Goldman says he initially pitched ideas and character designs that wound up in the Disney hit 'Zootopia,' which grossed more than $341 million at the domestic box office.

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New Fox show 'Shots Fired' delves into the justice system and race

'Shots,' which premieres on March 22, depicts two deaths likely linked to a sheriff's department – one of which receives far more attention from the government. Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James star in the 10-episode series.

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Butterscotch and chocolate chip cookies

A surprising discovery: leaving the dough in the refrigerator overnight yielded delicious results.

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A freight train sings me an iron lullaby

The screech of the rails, the blast of the horn say all is well.

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'Iron Fist' slammed pre-release for Asian tropes – now that it's available, what do reviewers say?

Before it debuted on March 17, 'Iron' was the subject of early criticism for its story of a white man who learns martial arts after surviving a plane crash. Now that reviewers have seen the show, some say that criticism was warranted.

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Fried eggs, Caribbean style

A dish as simple as scrambled eggs can be infused with any culture's familiar flavors.

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Stolen Van Goghs returned to Dutch museum

The two paintings, titled 'Seascape at Scheveningen' (1882) and 'Congregation leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen' (1884-1885), were stolen in a nighttime heist 15 years ago and recovered by police in Italy.

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Arts orgs adapt for visitors with special needs

Pittsburgh Ballet is a pioneer in opening the performing arts to people with sensory sensitivities, including bringing in special education teachers as volunteer ushers and encouraging audience members to do whatever helps them engage.

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Muppets welcome Julia, a friend with autism, to TV's friendliest street

Next month, Sesame Street will debut Julia, a Muppet on the autism spectrum, in hopes of shedding stigma around the condition. 

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'Beauty and the Beast' record opening: What it means for future Disney remakes

The live-action remake of 'Beauty,' which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, had an extremely successful opening weekend. Here are the other remakes Disney has planned and what lessons the studio can learn from the film's success.

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Lovely lemon bars

It may not look like the first day of spring out your window, but these bright, citrusy lemon bars will bring a burst of sunlight to your day.

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Box Office: 'Beauty and the Beast' Smashes Records With Towering $170 Million Debut

The live-action adaptation of the classic 1991 animated film is the latest in a series of reboots, including "Cinderella" and "The Jungle Book," that have helped maintain Disney's position as the dominant studio in Hollywood.

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Chuck Berry's influence on rock 'n roll was incalculable

Berry, who died on Saturday, inspired a generation of musicians -- from Keith Richards and George Harrison to Bruce Springsteen and Pete Townshend -- with his relatable lyrics and ecstatic, guitar-driven sound.

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Remembering Mr. Superharp: James Cotton's blast-furnace sound burns on

The legendary harmonica player might no longer be with us, but his legacy will continue reverberating even longer and louder than his iconic sound did during his 60-year career.

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'SNL' set for first-ever episodes that are actually live across America after record-setting season

The long-running NBC variety program, whose current season is the highest-rated in more than 20 years, also plans to run its 'Weekend Update' segment this August.

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'Beauty and the Beast': When a feminist plays a Disney princess

The new live-action version of 'Beauty and the Beast,' starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, is expected to become a massive hit at the box office. What message will the film send all those filmgoers?

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