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  • Tennessee man breaks into civil rights museum, then falls asleep April 23, 2014
    A Tennessee man looking for a place to sleep found a bed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where the Rev. Martin Luther King was shot and killed in 1968. But the motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum, and Dexter Anderson, 33, was arrested as he slept Tuesday night in room 308 after a security officer called police to report a break in. Rooms […]
  • Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison April 23, 2014
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster is a married woman.
  • Exhibit recreates Warhol's 1964 World's Fair mural April 21, 2014
    NEW YORK (AP) — Even for a 1964 New York World's Fair that celebrated "The World of Tomorrow," Andy Warhol may have been ahead of his time.
  • Manuscript of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 set for London sale April 17, 2014
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - An autograph manuscript score of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 that had been presumed lost for half a century will be sold at auction in May, Sotheby's said on Thursday. The pre-sale estimate for the manuscript of one of the most important compositions in the Russian romantic repertoire is between 1 millio […]
  • Artist in profile: TÃLÃ April 17, 2014
    Producer and singer TÃLÃ was heard on the T.Williams track "On My Own," sparking interest for her first solo tracks. Those have come out in quick succession -- the more recent, "Serbia," came out this past week -- and she'll soon be releasing a debut EP of her eclectic electronica. What we know about TÃLÃ: she is a London-based produ […]
  • Nigerian museum 'X-rays' Anatsui at 70 April 17, 2014
    To mark the 70th birthday of one of Africa's most accomplished living artists, a Lagos museum chose to focus on pretty much anything but El Anatsui's globally renowned work. Instead, three decades of payslips from the University of Nigeria, where Anatsui has taught since 1975, are collected in a binder that hangs by a string in the centre of the ro […]
  • A gay artist will get his images on stamps in Finland April 16, 2014
    Finland's postal service will honor "Tom of Finland" with stamps taken from his work - homoerotic drawings of muscular men wearing tight, black leather uniforms, when they wear anything at all. The stamps, which will be issued in September, are based on the drawings of Touko Laaksonen, better known by the pseudonym "Tom of Finland," […]
  • London opens 'most beautiful' show of Matisse cut-outs April 16, 2014
    London's Tate Modern will on Thursday open a blockbuster exhibition celebrating the cut-out works of French artist Henri Matisse, which made even Picasso jealous. Tate director Nicholas Serota boasts that the much-anticipated show, which brings together more than 100 works from around the world, "will be the most evocative and beautiful show that L […]
  • Get your hands on a portion of artist Pawel Althamer's latest project for free April 16, 2014
    Polish artist Paweł Althamer will give away sections of his latest artwork to the public during a one-day-only pop-up exhibition as part of his first US museum show, which wraps up later this month. Since the opening of "The Neighbors" at the New Museum in New York this February, Althamer has worked in partnership with a range of artists, friends a […]
  • Center wins first Pulitzer Prize April 14, 2014
    Winning investigation exposed the systematic denial of benefits to sufferers of black lung disease by lawyers and doctors.
  • Country Music Museum grows to match genre April 14, 2014
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits.
  • Matisse's colorful cutouts go on show in London April 14, 2014
    LONDON (AP) — A huge new Henri Matisse show in London is many things — bold, colorful, exuberant. It's also a great advertisement for the creativity of old age.
  • Matisse exhibition reunites 'Blue Nude' paper cut-outs April 14, 2014
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Even when he was in his 80s and in frail health, the French painter, sculptor and, latterly, master of painted cut-out paper Henri Matisse, still had it. That, in part, is what an exhibition of Matisse's late-life works, some huge and covering most of the gallery walls, demonstrates in the show opening this week at Lo […]
  • Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Frelich dies April 13, 2014
    Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of "Children of a Lesser God," has died. She was 70.
  • Vienna orchestra to return Nazi-looted painting April 12, 2014
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will return to a French family a valuable painting that was looted by the Nazis and given to the orchestra as a gift in 1940 by a Viennese secret police official. The heirs of the painting's late owner, Marcel Koch, will receive "Port-en-Bessin" by neo-Impressionist Paul Signac at a ceremony this year, the orc […]
  • Artist in profile: ZHU April 11, 2014
    The mysterious producer ZHU came to light in February with the release of a much-praised (and Pete Tong-endorsed) Outkast mash-up called "Moves Like Ms. Jackson." He's got a first EP due out April 20. ZHU released his first few tracks anonymously, before a reader of electronic music website Do Androids Dance revealed him to be "Steven Zhu […]
  • Stephanopoulos donates 128 photos to museum April 10, 2014
    GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — ABC morning show anchor George Stephanopoulos (stehf-uh-NAHP'-uh-luhs) has donated nearly 130 photographs by more than a dozen significant photographers to an upstate New York museum.
  • Mummified singer is star of new British Museum exhibition April 10, 2014
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - A singer is the star of the show in a new exhibition of mummies at the British Museum for which modern medical scanners have been used to examine eight bodies and find out what they looked like, how they lived and how they died. The technology has helped the researchers to look through bandages and inside mummy cases that […]
  • Last Corvette pulled from Kentucky sinkhole that swallowed museum cars April 9, 2014
    The last of eight rare Corvettes to be extracted from a sinkhole that opened under a Kentucky car museum in February was pulled from the pit on Wednesday, showing damage from its 40-foot (12-meter) tumble. After finally being located on its roof under rubble on Monday, the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette was lifted on Wednesday from the pit at the National […]
  • Michael Nyman symphony marks Hillsborough disaster April 9, 2014
    LONDON (AP) — Composer Michael Nyman has been commissioned to write a symphony commemorating 96 Liverpool soccer fans crushed to death in Britain's worst sports stadium disaster.


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  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock
    CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.
  • Vote delayed on loan guarantee for World Trade Center developer
    By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - The board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Wednesday delayed a scheduled vote on whether to provide $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein, the latest holdup for the project. The request from Silverstein, who needs Port Authority backing to secure a constructi […]
  • Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human
    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Jurors listened Wednesday as a man called two teenagers who broke into his central Minnesota home "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after fatally shooting them.
  • US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is encouraging many nonviolent federal prisoners to apply for early release — and expecting thousands to take up the offer. It's an effort to deal with high costs and overcrowding in prisons, and also a matter of fairness, the government says.
  • Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down
    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.
  • Apple to boost share buyback and split stock
    Apple on Wednesday said that it plans to buy back an additional $30 billion worth of shares and split its stock. The moves backed by the Apple board were announced as the California company reported a profit of $10.2 billion on $45.6 billion in revenue in the first three months of this year. The earnings figures came with Apple chief Tim Cook hinting that ne […]
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    By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had famously called on the iPhone […]
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    By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads repre […]
  • High court nixes $3.4M award to child porn victim
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a plea to make it easier for victims of child pornography to collect money from people who view their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices said Congress should change the law to […]
  • Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre
    Turkey's prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it "our shared pain", the country's most significant overture yet over the deeply divisive episode. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportatio […]
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      SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. […]
    • Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads
      SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. […]
    • U.S. new home sales hint at prolonged housing weakness
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes tumbled to their lowest level in eight months in March, dashing hopes for a quick turnaround for a sector that fell into a soft patch last summer. […]
    • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked
      KIEV (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. […]
    • Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement
      GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. […]
    • Boeing cash register rings again, sending shares higher
      (Reuters) - Rising jet production helped Boeing Co generate substantial cash in the latest quarter, and the company said on Wednesday that it lavished the rewards on shareholders, sending its stock higher. […]
    • Special Report: For private deals, no one is watching the watchdogs
      OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - From 2006 to 2009, Provident Asset Management raised $485 million from 7,700 investors who were drawn to its promises of annual returns as high as 18 percent on oil and gas assets. Law firm Mick & Associates helped. Provident paid Mick to provide "due diligence" reports to help brokers decide whether to recommend the […]
    • GM said it has shipped thousands of replacement ignition switches
      DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co on Wednesday said it has shipped "thousands" of kits needed to repair the defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. […]
    • Hole in Afghan budget stirs unease as West starts packing bags
      KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home. […]
    • Exclusive: Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklistings at U.N.
      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. […]
    • Cost-cutting, share buybacks buoy U.S. defense profits
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. weapons makers posted higher profits this week and raised their forecasts for 2014 earnings, sending shares higher despite cuts in military spending that have weakened revenues. […]
    • Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry
      MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. […]
    • Obama seeks to ease Asian allies' doubts during visit to Japan
      TOKYO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will use a state visit to Japan on Thursday to try to reassure Tokyo and other Asian allies of his commitment to ramping up U.S. engagement in the region, despite Chinese complaints that Washington's real aim is to contain Beijing's rise. […]
    • Chile president launches long-awaited electoral reform bill
      SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean president Michelle Bachelet sent Congress a bill on Wednesday to reform an electoral system inherited from the country's 17-year military dictatorship, making good on a key campaign promise. […]
    • U.N. should have done more to prevent South Sudan massacre: Uganda
      KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's army, backing its neighbor South Sudan against a four-month-old rebellion, said on Wednesday U.N. peacekeepers should have done more to stop insurgents slaughtering hundreds of civilians there last week. […]
    • U.S., euro zone activity up; China decline slows
      NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April and the euro zone private sector started the second quarter on its strongest footing since 2011, while the pace of decline in Chinese factory activity slowed, surveys showed on Wednesday. […]
    • U.S. factory activity expands in April, pace stalls
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in April though the rate of growth was slightly lower than expected as inventories fell, but factory output growth hit its fastest pace in three years, an industry report showed on Wednesday. […]
    • Australia, Malaysia vow to keep searching to solve plane mystery
      PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Australia and Malaysia vowed on Wednesday to keep searching for a missing Malaysian plane despite no sign of wreckage after almost seven weeks, and as bad weather again grounded aircraft and an undersea drone neared the end of its first full mission. […]
    • 'Bridgegate' scandal threatens next World Trade Center tower
      NEW YORK (Reuters) - The "Bridgegate" scandal that rocked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration earlier this year is threatening a deal that would allow developer Larry Silverstein to finish building the next World Trade Center skyscraper. […]
    • U.S. steps up trade pressure on Japan ahead of Obama visit
      TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States put last-minute pressure on Japan to compromise in tough trade talks on Wednesday, shortly before President Barack Obama was to arrive for a state visit. […]
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      WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.
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    • Ebola death toll in West Africa rises to 147
      DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.
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      ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.
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      RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the country's health minister on Monday amid a spike in deaths and infections from the virus known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.
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      CHICAGO (AP) — Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
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