US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoesROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections.
Italy has been on a...
Bob Marley musical tries to help heal an uneasy BaltimoreNEW YORK (AP) — Most theater professionals like to say that whatever they're working on is very relevant to what's going on in the real world. That was not possibly more true than in Baltimore this spring.
The city's flagship theater, Center Stage, debuted a musical about reggae icon...
Nielsen survey says Liam Neeson is big ad manNEW YORK (AP) — Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can't do much better than actor Liam Neeson.
That's the conclusion of the Nielsen company, which looked at celebrities who made commercials during the first three months of the year and ranked them with a...
Publishing world gathers this week for book conventionsNEW YORK (AP) — Diversity will get an extra push at this week's BookCon and BookExpo America.
Last year, a virtually all-white lineup of speakers at publishing's annual national conventions highlighted the whiteness of the industry itself. BookCon's selection of four white, male...
Independent booksellers continue to add new storesNEW YORK (AP) — The independent bookseller community continues to expand, through new stores opening and old stores adding new locations.
Core membership of the American Booksellers Association grew from 1,664 companies last spring to 1,712 this year, the trade group told The...
Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned 'ridiculous'LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide...
Faith No More marks return with 1st album in 18 years, tourNEW YORK (AP) — Faith No More bassist Bill Gould likes to think of the band's new record as an aging actress.
"Sure, her body's getting a little older, but she's not afraid to show it; she's still sexy," he said during a recent interview in New York City, where the band played two...
Agent: 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif has Alzheimer'sLOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.
No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis...
The movies that will keep buzzing after CannesCANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is a grand hierarchy with strictly defined elevations of movies and media access, where films are met by high praise or lowly boos. And so there was a strange fittingness that the scandal of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, where all status...
Fashion's greatest hits, misses on the Cannes red carpetCANNES, France (AP) — Cannes' red carpet can be as kind as it is cruel when it comes to fashion.
For 12 days, major Hollywood actresses such as Marion Cotillard, Emily Blunt, Naomi Watts and Sienna Miller graced the film festival's red carpet in clothes designed by the world's...
Cable company Charter buying Time Warner Cable for $55.3B
NEW YORK (AP) — Charter Communications is buying Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, creating another U.S. TV and Internet giant.
And executives say they're confident regulators will allow it.
The deal comes a month after Comcast,... Full story
Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace Prize laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding... Full story
Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives
NEW YORK (AP) — They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.
Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry,... Full story
The Latest on IS: Fighting, strikes near Iraq's Ramadi
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Officials in Iraq's Anbar province say there is ongoing fighting and airstrikes west and south of the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi.
The description of the fighting Tuesday afternoon came from provincial... Full story
The Latest on flooding: Houston floodwaters strand motorists
High water and flooding made driving impossible for many travelers in the Houston area, even those on the city's major highways.
The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IXzG1X ) reports Tuesday morning that no injuries have been... Full story