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Sex Abuse Case Against Movie Mogul to Proceed

A New York judge on Thursday refused to dismiss sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood movie mogul who came to symbolize the #MeToo movement which exposed sexual harassment by powerful men against women in the workplace. Weinstein’s lawyers had sought to get the charges dismissed, claiming that the case against him was “irreparably …

Virginia House With Over-the-Top Christmas Spirit

Christmas is a time for giving. For one man that means decorating his house with over-the-top Christmas displays to warm people’s hearts. It’s a family tradition that Kurt Farmer took over from his father. VOA’s Deborah Block takes us to the home full of Christmas spirit in Alexandria, Virginia. …

Homeowner Captures Christmas Spirit Never-Too-Many Decorations

You cannot miss the annual over-the-top Christmas lights and decorations at the Farmer house on a quiet street in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. They are everywhere — in the yard, on the house, and even covering the roof. Visitors are greeted by arches over the driveway strung with thousands of colorful tiny lights. “It’s magical …

One Million Lights Shine Brightly at Chinese Festival Near Washington

Imagine a magical place where lights are designed in the shape of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and dragons. It’s a place where children can enjoy a maze made of Chinese lanterns or see death-defying acts by gymnasts. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes us to Light-Up, a Christmas festival near Washington designed, built and …

Cuban, US Major League Baseball Sign Historic Player Deal

Cuban baseball players no longer have to risk their lives if they want to become stars in the U.S. major leagues. Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation signed a historic deal Wednesday allowing Cuban players to come to the United States without having to defect or place their lives in the hands of …

US Teams to Play in European Snow Volleyball Tour

When USA Volleyball asked four-time Olympian Lloy Ball to put together a team for a snow volleyball tournament in Moscow this week, the 2008 gold medalist was eager to accept. Never mind that he’s never played on the snow before. Or that, at 46, he’s not a likely candidate for the U.S. Olympic team if …

Christian Readers Keep the Faith

The bestselling book of all time is believed to be the Bible, but the holy book is not the only title attracting readers looking for books that reflect Christian values. Christian publishers produce a variety of fiction novels covering traditional commercial genres — historical, suspense, romance, contemporary — but their readers desire more than a …

Onward Christian Readers: Keeping the Faith with ‘Clean’ Novels, Self-help Books

The bestselling book of all time is believed to be the Bible, but the holy book is not the only title attracting readers looking for books that reflect Christian values. Christian publishers produce a variety of fiction novels covering traditional commercial genres — historical, suspense, romance, contemporary — but their readers desire more than a …

Composer Duo Faces Challenge of New Music for ‘Mary Poppins’

Everyone involved in the making of “Mary Poppins Returns” felt the pressure to do justice to the original 1964 film.   Rob Marshall worked on it for three straight years. Animators came out of retirement to do hand-drawn animation in the style of the first. Sets were built. Cast members moved their family to London …

Fans Mourn Death of Hollywood’s Penny Marshall

American actress and filmmaker Penny Marshall, known for the television comedy “Laverne & Shirley,” is fondly remembered by friends and fans. She died late Monday at the age of 75. A spokesperson for the family announced her death Tuesday, citing complications from diabetes as the cause. Zlatica Hoke has the story. …