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Lady Gaga first tour stop

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga is postponing the first stop of her 2017 Dive Bar Tour originally scheduled for Thursday in Las Vegas.

A statement released Tuesday said the singer is “deep in rehearsals for her world tour and is working to reschedule a date as soon as possible.” Her world tour, which hits stadiums and arenas around the world, is scheduled to start Aug. 1 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The singer did a similar bar tour last fall to coincide with the release of her album “Joanne.” But Las Vegas fans will have another opportunity to catch a performance. Her world tour is scheduled to stop at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 11.

Malawi honors Madonna

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Madonna was welcomed in Malawi on Tuesday for the official opening of a hospital children’s wing funded by her charity and named after one of the four children the pop star has adopted from the impoverished southern African nation.

“You started by adopting four Malawian children, now we are adopting you as the daughter of this nation,” President Peter Mutharika declared at the ceremony.

“There are so many things I never imagined I will do. I never imagined one day I will build this kind of a hospital,” said Madonna, who explained that she grew up without a mother and wanted to give the best to Malawian children.

“Never give up on your dreams,” she added.

Columnist’s story draws online ire

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Times columnist David Brooks has become a target of online criticism over an opinion piece in which he describes taking a friend with only a high school degree to a Mexican restaurant after she appears anxious with his first choice, a gourmet eatery, and wants to leave.

In a column published Tuesday titled, “How We Are Ruining America,” Brooks used the story as an example of the informal social barrier that directs people away from opportunities enjoyed by upper-middle-class culture.

The column made Brooks a trending topic on Twitter, with some users mocking the story as condescending. Fellow Times columnist Ross Douthat tweeted that he too was intimidated by Italian menus, despite having an elite education. Brooks didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

By Paul Wager

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