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  • Swiss Guard’s cookbook reveals Vatican culinary treats

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — If an army travels on its stomach, what does the world’s smallest army eat? A chef who serves in the Swiss Guards, David Geisser, is shedding light on the culinary tastes…

  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted…

  • ‘Racing Extinction’ documentary a call to save the planet

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It’s not too late to save the planet, but documentarian Louis Psihoyos says the time is now. The filmmaker behind 2009’s Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” returns to the natural environment…

  • Celebrities gasp at Dior’s hidden orchestra in Paris

    PARIS (AP) — From behind a black curtain in the central catwalk, fashion powerhouse Dior pulled a surprise on its guests in unveiling a concealed orchestra at the start of the Paris menswear show. “Matrix”…

  • American University Museum features ‘Locally Sourced’ art

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The American University Museum is opening new winter exhibits, including a display of “Locally Sourced” art from community supported art programs in six cities. The exhibit “Locally Sourced” opened Saturday featuring more…

  • Experts examine bones as Spain hunts for Cervantes’ remains

    MADRID (AP) — Forensic experts began excavating graves and examining bones Saturday in a tiny chapel in Madrid, hoping to solve the centuries-old mystery of exactly where the great Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes was…

  • Sister of ‘Mockingbird’ author leaves books to famed writer

    MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The late sister of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee, Alabama attorney and church leader Alice Lee, is leaving books and other personal items to the famed writer. Alice Lee’s…

  • Galliano missing at Margiela, with Paris tense after terror

    PARIS (AP) — Friday’s Paris fashion shows seemed less about who attended — like F1 racer Lewis Hamilton at Givenchy or singer Bryan Ferry at Berluti — as who did not attend. John Galliano, fashion’s…

  • Children’s TV activist Peggy Charren dies at 86

    BOSTON (AP) — Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children’s Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children’s programming, has died. She was 86. Charren, who had vascular dementia, died…

  • Free e-books offer selections of upcoming releases

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of free e-books will offer excerpts from upcoming releases by Dennis Lehane, Ann Packer and more than 60 other writers. “Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer” and “Buzz Books 2015: Young…

  • Restored Brooklyn theater to reopen with Diana Ross concert

    NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn has a new majestic performing arts theater that will kick off with a Diana Ross concert. The 1929 Loew’s Kings Theatre has been renamed Kings Theatre and is reopening after…

  • Miss Universe: New friends, countless dresses and 1 crown

    MIAMI (AP) — Contestants from 88 countries will vie for the title of Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida. The women arrived in Miami nearly two weeks ago ahead of the main event, in which…

  • Seth Grahame-Smith defines multihyphenate with busy career

    NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Grahame-Smith’s life could be described as a mash-up. He’s the author of the best-seller “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and the follow-up, “The Last American Vampire,” is now in stores. Grahame-Smith…

  • Art embraces science in new British play ‘Oppenheimer’

    LONDON (AP) — Suddenly, science is sexy. With Benedict Cumberbatch nominated for multiple trophies as Alan Turing and Eddie Redmayne turning heads as Stephen Hawking, young British actors playing scientists are all the rage this…

  • Bronx and Havana museums to exchange artworks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Museum of Art and Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts have launched an art exchange initiative that will include two major exhibitions. The cooperation began long before the recent…