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  • Events, exhibits mark 150 years since Lincoln assassination

    April 15th marks 150 years since the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Historic sites, museums and communities around the country are hosting exhibits, performances and events to mark the anniversary. Here are details on a…

  • ‘Girl with Dragon Tattoo’ returns in ‘Spider’s Web’

    WASHINGTON — Tattooed computer hacker Lisbeth Salander has captured the imaginations of book and movies lovers around the world. Now, we’ve learned the new book in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, “The Girl in the Spider’s…

  • Turin Egyptian Museum gets overhaul of pharaonic proportions

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — For the earliest Egyptologists, a trip to the Egyptian Museum in Turin was considered indispensable. The museum’s new director is seeking to return the almost 200-year-old museum to its one-time prominence,…

  • Review: Dramatic events unfold in TC Boyle’s new novel

    “The Harder They Come” (Ecco), by T.C. Boyle T.C. Boyle’s new book is about serious subject matters: a tourist from a cruise liner killing a robber at a port of call, a mentally ill young…

  • ‘Ex-Machina,’ ‘It Follows’ breathe life into stale genres

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Garland has learned a few things in his years as a science-fiction screenwriter: namely, that money doesn’t always help. Garland is now making his directorial debut with the acclaimed science…

  • Broadway to honor director Gene Saks by dimming its lights

    NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway theaters plan to dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of Gene Saks, the Tony Award-winning director of such plays as “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “The Odd Couple.” The…

  • Searching for ‘The Last Unicorn’ in the wildness of Laos

    “The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures” (Little, Brown and Co.), by William deBuys Spoiler alert: There are no unicorns in Laos. But don’t blame nature writer William deBuys for trying…

  • Smithsonian receives $2.5M to expand jazz programs at museum

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An artist’s foundation is donating $2.5 million as an endowment to expand jazz programming at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The museum will announce Tuesday that artist LeRoy Neiman’s foundation…

  • Probe finds 1 suspect painting in Dutch royals’ collection

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An investigation into the Dutch royal family’s extensive art collection has uncovered one painting that was likely looted during Nazi Germany’s World War II occupation of the Netherlands. The government…

  • South African children’s reading project wins Lindgren Prize

    HELSINKI (AP) — The South African alternative education project PRAESA has been awarded this year’s Astrid Lindgren Prize for children’s literature for innovative ways of encouraging reading and literature among children and youth. Announcing the…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

    Officials: Iran nuke talks to end with agreement to continue negotiations LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue…

  • D.C. duo moves from living room to silver screen

    WASHINGTON — As Northwest D.C. loses one indie theater with the closing of West End Cinema in Foggy Bottom, another upstart is springing from the concrete in Mt. Pleasant. Suns Cinema, which began with two…

  • South African comic Noah will replace Jon Stewart

    NEW YORK (AP) — The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while…

  • Irvine Welsh, Joseph O’Neill up for comic-writing prize

    LONDON (AP) — Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh and Irish-American author Joseph O’Neill are among the finalists for a comic-writing award whose prize includes a bottle of champagne and a pig. Welsh’s scabrous “A Decent Ride”…

  • Review: In ‘Lambert & Stamp,’ the backstage story of The Who

    The teenage revolution was in full force on the fall 1964 night that Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp stumbled into the Railway Tavern, a London pub where a band called the High Numbers was playing…