Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibitMILAN (AP) — Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland's contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly used as a place of worship.
Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Buechel's...
TLC pulls Duggar family series amid misconduct reportsLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — TLC pulled the reality series "19 Kids and Counting" from its schedule on Friday, a move that follows reports of sexual misconduct allegations against one of the stars, Josh Duggar, stemming from when he was a juvenile.
In a statement, the channel said it was...
APNewsBreak: Casey Kasem's widow won't face criminal chargesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they won't file elder abuse charges against Casey Kasem's widow despite efforts by three of the radio personality's children to have her prosecuted.
A charge evaluation sheet released by the Los Angeles County District...
De Niro tells NY arts graduates 'You have to keep working'NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro urged new graduates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Friday to keep fighting to create careers in the arts even though it probably would have been easier if they had picked something more practical.
"The graduates in accounting? They...
Final preparations begin for Eurovision Song ContestVIENNA (AP) — Everything appears to be running according to plan ahead of this year's Eurovision Song Contest — except for the weather.
As organizers test stage installations and make other final preparations for Saturday's event, cold and rain are gripping Vienna. That will reduce...
TV miniseries 'Texas Rising' takes big-screen approachLOS ANGELES (AP) — The success of "Hatfields & McCoys" and "The Bible" inspired the History channel to go Texas-sized big with its new miniseries.
"Texas Rising," a 10-hour saga about the fight for independence from Mexico, was shot in wide-screen CinemaScope and was directed by...
Gordon, Tristano, Johnson voted into Jazz Hall of FameNEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Dexter Gordon and pianists James P. Johnson and Lennie Tristano are the newest inductees into Jazz at Lincoln Center's Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.
Gordon was considered the first tenor saxophonist to adapt the new bebop style pioneered by Charlie Parker in...
B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las VegasLAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the Mississippi Delta.
More than 1,000 people streamed past the...
Unpublished Orson Welles draft memoir obtained by universityDETROIT (AP) — A "very raw draft" of an unpublished Orson Welles memoir has joined the University of Michigan's archives on the trailblazing filmmaker, the school says.
The typewritten memoir, tentatively titled "Confessions of a One-Man Band," was among the materials in eight boxes...
Rockefeller makes rare appearance ahead of 100th birthdayMOUNT DESERT, Maine (AP) — David Rockefeller made a rare public appearance ahead of his 100th birthday to formally announce the donation of 1,000 acres bordering Acadia National Park in Maine.
The retired CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank and grandson of oil tycoon John Rockefeller Sr. told...
Senate clears White House-backed trade bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown... Full story
Report: German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets
BERLIN (AP) — German media report that a 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets.
Television station RTL says the three boys and a girl were born by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday.
RTL said in a... Full story
California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered.
The combination of... Full story
DC authorities: Ex-con had help in wealthy family's slaying
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ex-convict likely had help from others holding a family captive inside their mansion for at least 18 hours, authorities said.
During their ordeal, the business executive and his wife told others to stay away —... Full story
B.B. King viewing draws more than 1,000 in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King kept drawing fans in Las Vegas, and a family feud simmered, during a public chance to say goodbye ahead of a weekend memorial service and a final King of the Blues road tour leading back home to the... Full story