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At Tehran symphony, music lovers seek escape from reality

TEHRAN, Iran — Aficionados of Western classical music have carved out a niche for themselves in Iran, where cultural expression remains tightly controlled by strict rules imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

And perhaps surprisingly, musicians in their 20s and 30s perform for overwhelmingly young audiences.

Have an old car? You’re not alone. Vehicle age hits record

DETROIT — The average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. has hit a record 11.8 years, as better quality and technology allows people to keep them on the road longer.

The 2019 figures from data provider IHS Markit show that the rate of increase is slowing, but the average age is still expected to go over 12 years early in the next decade. The average age is up 0.1 years from 2018.

Lost wallet? More cash means you’re likelier to get it back

NEW YORK — People are more likely to return a lost wallet if it contains money and the more cash, the better.

That’s the surprising conclusion from researchers who planted more than 17,000 “lost wallets” across 355 cities in 40 countries, and kept track of how often somebody contacted the supposed owners.

'Hitman' attends screening of wrestling doc

CALGARY—A documentary exploring the golden era of professional wrestling had one of its final private screenings yesterday evening prior to becoming more readily accessible to Canadian fans next month.

“350 Days” is a project by Vancouver-based actor Fulvio Cecere, who is the director and co-producer along with Darren Antola, who began the project six years ago.

How Canada's stuntman made it into 'Toy Story 4'

TORONTO—The moment Pixar animator Benjamin Su learned the newest “Toy Story” saga would debut a Canadian character, he jumped aboard.

Who better to infuse a Canuck toy with Maple Leaf nuance than an actual Canadian?, he thought.

It turned out he would have some competition—“there's a lot of Canadians here,” Su wryly noted.

Website documents histories of Georgetown-owned slaves

BOSTON — A Boston-based genealogical organization and a Georgetown University graduate who launched a project to trace the family histories of hundreds of black slaves sold by the Jesuits who ran the college in 1838 have teamed up to digitize the information and make it available to people researching family histories.