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Basses discuss being black opera singers

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2015 photo, Eric Owens, right, and Morris Robinson perform during a rehearsal of the opera "Don Carlo," at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Five performances are scheduled to be staged from April 24 to May 3. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

When King Philip II of Spain faces off against the Grand Inquisitor in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at the Academy of Music, they won’t just be portraying history, they’ll be making a bit of it, too. In what’s believed to be a first, a major opera company has cast two African-Americans in the roles.

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37 tons of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic rowing venue

Rowing athletes Diego Nazario, back, and Emanuel Dantas Borges, train in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, surrounded by dead small silvery fish, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Rio de Janeiro's waste management company is still cleaning up dead fish after a die-off at a lake that's slated to hold Olympic rowing competitions during the 2016 games. Fish die-offs are a frequent occurrence in Rio's waterways, which are filled with raw sewage and garbage. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in a Rio de Janeiro lake that’s slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off.

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