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Ryan O'Neal wins appeals ruling in defamation case
02/15/2013
Ryan O'Neal wins appeals ruling in defamation case

Ryan O'Neal wins appeals ruling in defamation case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court says Ryan O'Neal's defamation case against a man who accused him of stealing a valuable portrait of the late Farrah Fawcett should be allowed to continue. A divided panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled Thursday that O'Neal...

Miss America returning to roots in Atlantic City
02/15/2013
Miss America returning to roots in Atlantic City

Miss America returning to roots in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss America, Atlantic City's prodigal pageant, is coming home, and the spectacle that became synonymous with the New Jersey seaside resort is being assured all is forgiven after a six-year fling in Las Vegas. The pageant will be back where it started 93 years ago and...

Obama, first lady out on Valentine's dinner date
02/15/2013
Obama, first lady out on Valentine's dinner date

Obama, first lady out on Valentine's dinner date

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flowers? Check. A gift? Check. President Barack Obama said he had both and was ready for a Valentine's Day date with the first lady. Speaking in suburban Atlanta on Thursday, Obama said his wife, Michelle, made him promise to get back to the White House in time for their date....

Kris Humphries' lawyer wants out of divorce case
02/15/2013
Kris Humphries' lawyer wants out of divorce case

Kris Humphries' lawyer wants out of divorce case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for Kim Kardashian's estranged husband wants to end his involvement in the former couple's divorce proceedings. Marshall Waller says irreconcilable differences have arisen between him and Kris Humphries, and he should be allowed to leave the case. He filed paperwork...

Yao talks animal rights at zoo visit
02/15/2013
Yao talks animal rights at zoo visit

Yao talks animal rights at zoo visit

HOUSTON (AP) — Yao Ming fed a giraffe, petted a rhino and watched an elephant do a headstand during a visit to the Houston Zoo on Thursday. The former Houston Rockets center, in town in advance of this weekend's All-Star festivities, has become increasingly active in animal-rights causes since he...

5 great Bruce Willis performances
02/14/2013
5 great Bruce Willis performances

5 great Bruce Willis performances

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By now it's clear that nothing and no one can kill Bruce Willis, whose fifth film in the "Die Hard" franchise, the horribly titled "A Good Day to Die Hard," opens this week. It is not his finest hour. At 57, he still wreaks havoc and looks great in a tight T-shirt but he...

Argentine woman marries twin's convicted killer
02/14/2013
Argentine woman marries twin's convicted killer

Argentine woman marries twin's convicted killer

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — This was a Valentine's Day wedding that the bride's family wanted no part of: An Argentine woman married the man convicted of killing her twin sister. Neighbors were against it as well. A mob gathered outside the civil registry office where Thursday's wedding took...

Media Day features loose champ, dating drivers
02/14/2013
Media Day features loose champ, dating drivers

Media Day features loose champ, dating drivers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Brad Keselowski strolled through the Daytona 500 Club with his cellphone in one hand and a half-empty bottle in the other. Nope, not beer. Not this time. Keselowski was drinking orange juice Thursday at Daytona 500 Media Day, which officially kicked off Speedweeks....

NY Fashion Week: tough, tailored, lots of black
02/14/2013
NY Fashion Week: tough, tailored, lots of black

NY Fashion Week: tough, tailored, lots of black

NEW YORK (AP) — Influencers finish up New York Fashion Week on Thursday with a taste of what's to come next fall, their appetite whet by some tough, some tailored and many black looks. But there were flashes of bright colors and earth tones, too. There were sleek minimalist shapes and some...

Emmett Till's family reacts to Lil Wayne lyric
02/14/2013
Emmett Till's family reacts to Lil Wayne lyric

Emmett Till's family reacts to Lil Wayne lyric

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A cousin of the late Emmett Till wonders if Lil Wayne understands just how damaging it was when he rapped a vulgar reference to the black U.S. teen whose death in 1955 became a significant moment in the civil rights movement. Airickca Gordon-Taylor says Till's family would...

Obama ready for Valentine's date with first lady
02/14/2013
Obama ready for Valentine's date with first lady

Obama ready for Valentine's date with first lady

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flowers? Check. A gift? Check. President Barack Obama says he has both and is ready for a Valentine's Day date with the first lady. Speaking in suburban Atlanta on Thursday, Obama said his wife, Michelle, made him promise to get back to the White House in time for their date. He...

02/14/2013
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII

France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII

PARIS (AP) — France is returning seven paintings taken from their Jewish owners during World War II, part of an ongoing effort to give back hundreds of looted artworks that still hang in the Louvre and other museums. The works were stolen or sold under duress up to seven decades ago as their...

Ensler's Billion Rising movement spans the globe
02/14/2013
Ensler's Billion Rising movement spans the globe

Ensler's Billion Rising movement spans the globe

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers say thousands danced in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds chanted in South Africa, carrying signs and candles. The Philippines held a 24-hour dance party. These events are among hundreds taking place Thursday as part of One Billion Rising, an international...

Rapper Jim Jones arrested in NJ
02/14/2013
Rapper Jim Jones arrested in NJ

Rapper Jim Jones arrested in NJ

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Rapper Jim Jones has been arrested after allegedly becoming belligerent with police in the New Jersey town where he lives. NorthJersey.com reports (http://bit.ly/Z0nZxm ) Jones was charged Wednesday in Fair Lawn with disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension. It's not...

'What to Expect' daughter Emma Bing gives birth
02/14/2013
'What to Expect' daughter Emma Bing gives birth

'What to Expect' daughter Emma Bing gives birth

NEW YORK (AP) — Emma Bing, the inspiration for the pregnancy bible "What to Expect When You're Expecting," has given birth in Los Angeles to a boy. Lennox Page Ali, whose father is musician Russell Ali, was born Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, weighing in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces, family...

Spain's elBulli restaurant to reopen for lucky few
02/14/2013
Spain's elBulli restaurant to reopen for lucky few

Spain's elBulli restaurant to reopen for lucky few

MADRID (AP) — Spain's famous elBulli restaurant will temporarily reopen later this year as renowned chef-owner Ferran Adria trains actors for a movie based on his iconic but shuttered eatery. Lucky gourmands will dine at the seaside Mediterranean landmark or in Hollywood if a decision is made to...

Designer admits molesting wannabe model in NYC
02/14/2013
Designer admits molesting wannabe model in NYC

Designer admits molesting wannabe model in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A fashion designer convicted in California of molesting would-be models pleaded guilty Thursday in New York to a similar charge in a deal prosecutors said was brokered to spare victims from testifying multiple times. Anand Jon Alexander admitted to one count of criminal sexual act...

'Melrose' actress gets 3 years for deadly NJ crash
02/14/2013
'Melrose' actress gets 3 years for deadly NJ crash

'Melrose' actress gets 3 years for deadly NJ crash

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A former "Melrose Place" actress who was driving drunk when her SUV plowed into a car and killed a New Jersey woman has been sentenced to three years in prison. The victim's husband yelled, "What a travesty!" at the judge after Thursday's sentencing, and he and his son...

AP Photos: NY Fashion Week's beautiful blur
02/14/2013
AP Photos: NY Fashion Week's beautiful blur

AP Photos: NY Fashion Week's beautiful blur

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion Week is a beautiful, strange and infinitely colorful event. For eight days twice a year in New York City, the fashion conscious delve into a glamorous world of wearable art. Using multiple off-camera flashes and long exposures, I created photographs that convey movement on...

02/14/2013
Maggie Smith: I haven't seen 'Downton'

Maggie Smith: I haven't seen 'Downton'

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of people have watched Maggie Smith on "Downton Abbey." But she's not one of them. The 78-year-old actress, who portrays Lady Grantham in the popular PBS series, told "60 Minutes" that she hasn't watched the drama because doing so would only make her agonize over her...

The Hollywood Reporter's best of the week
02/14/2013
The Hollywood Reporter's best of the week

The Hollywood Reporter's best of the week

The Hollywood Reporter's list of its 10 best stories of the week: OSCARS: WHY BEN AFFLECK'S SNUB LEAVES A TWO-MAN RACE FOR BEST DIRECTOR While everyone else in the race has a strike against them, Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee seem to be drawing the most voter support....

Nicks, Fogerty, more perform with Grohl in NYC
02/14/2013
Nicks, Fogerty, more perform with Grohl in NYC

Nicks, Fogerty, more perform with Grohl in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters played house band for Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield and others at a sold-out concert. Grohl held an all-star, three-hour-plus show with those rock icons, who performed at the Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Calif., in the late 1960s...

Katie Couric bedeviled by strange 911 calls
02/14/2013
Katie Couric bedeviled by strange 911 calls

Katie Couric bedeviled by strange 911 calls

NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Couric is losing sleep over some odd 911 calls. New York City police said Thursday they had been called to Couric's Manhattan home several times recently because of 911 calls traced to a phone listed there. The 911 operator hears only static, but police are compelled to...

Olympian Oscar Pistorius charged with murder
02/14/2013
Olympian Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

Olympian Oscar Pistorius charged with murder

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva...

France to return 7 looted Holocaust-era paintings
02/14/2013
France to return 7 looted Holocaust-era paintings

France to return 7 looted Holocaust-era paintings

PARIS (AP) — France has said it will hand back seven old master paintings that hang in state galleries taken from two Jewish families during World War II. The oil works were destined to be displayed in a gallery Adolf Hitler had planned. It ends years of struggle for the two families, whose...

Reports: Meredith eyes buying Time Warner mags
02/14/2013
Reports: Meredith eyes buying Time Warner mags

Reports: Meredith eyes buying Time Warner mags

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meredith Corp., the publisher of magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens and Fitness, is in early talks with Time Warner Inc. about buying several magazines from it, including People, InStyle and Real Simple, according to published reports. The reports by Fortune magazine...

'Sesame Street' nears 1 billion views on YouTube
02/14/2013
'Sesame Street' nears 1 billion views on YouTube

'Sesame Street' nears 1 billion views on YouTube

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearing 1 billion views on YouTube, "Sesame Street" is headed for Justin Bieber territory. The children's program is closing in on the kind of rarified digital milestone usually reserved for the likes of pop stars and cat videos. "Sesame Street" will soon pass 1 billion views on...

Hugh Bonneville presides on 'Downton Abbey' finale
02/14/2013
Hugh Bonneville presides on 'Downton Abbey' finale

Hugh Bonneville presides on 'Downton Abbey' finale

NEW YORK (AP) — The third season of "Downton Abbey" ends this Sunday with a bang. Exactly what that bang is, we're not going to say, in deference to the maybe half-dozen "Downton" fans who still don't know the shocking truth. The larger point remains that after Sunday's "Masterpiece Classic"...

For 'Django' producer, an unexpected Oscar ride
02/14/2013
For 'Django' producer, an unexpected Oscar ride

For 'Django' producer, an unexpected Oscar ride

NEW YORK (AP) — Reginald Hudlin, director of films like "Boomerang" and "House Party," never expected to be going to the Oscars as a best-picture-nominated producer of a slavery-era spaghetti Western by Quentin Tarantino. "I didn't think it was happening when it was happening," Hudlin says,...

Review: 'Colonial Marines' a joy for 'Aliens' fans
02/14/2013
Review: 'Colonial Marines' a joy for 'Aliens' fans

Review: 'Colonial Marines' a joy for 'Aliens' fans

You're entering a tight corridor filled with menacing shadows. Is that breathing you hear? Well, don't run. Clanging metal walkways and staircases always give your position away. You might be playing a first- or third-person shooter — or watching the film "Aliens." Every science fiction/horror...

Dolby Theatre turns up the volume for first Oscars
02/14/2013
Dolby Theatre turns up the volume for first Oscars

Dolby Theatre turns up the volume for first Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolby is ready for its first date with Oscar. The Academy Awards will be broadcast from the Dolby Theatre for the first time since the audio-visual technology company plastered its name and logo on the awards venue last summer. While the 11-year-old space mostly looks the same...

Tamagotchi returns: Electronic pet reborn as app
02/14/2013
Tamagotchi returns: Electronic pet reborn as app

Tamagotchi returns: Electronic pet reborn as app

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tamagotchi is re-hatching as an app. Bandai America Inc. and Sync Beatz Entertainment are hoping to revive the electronic pet craze of the 1990s with a new mobile app launching Thursday for Android devices. The app duplicates the egg-shaped plastic toy that became a must-own...

Olympian Pistorius charged with murder
02/14/2013
Olympian Pistorius charged with murder

Olympian Pistorius charged with murder

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva...

Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend
02/14/2013
Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend

Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after model Reeva Steenkamp was shot inside the Olympic athlete's home in South Africa. Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later on Thursday. Police in South Africa do not name...

Olympian Pistorius in custody after woman killed
02/14/2013
Olympian Pistorius in custody after woman killed

Olympian Pistorius in custody after woman killed

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been arrested in the shooting death of his girlfriend, police and the woman's talent agent said Thursday. Capacity Relations talent management firm said 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp was the victim of the shooting. Police...

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