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  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime…

  • Government sells scandalized Teapot Dome oilfield for $45M

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A private company finally will be able to drill legally for oil at Teapot Dome, a remote Wyoming oilfield that remains best known for a political scandal that embroiled the administration…

  • Comedian Tig Notaro is star of Sundance doc, host of awards

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Don’t ask comedian Tig Notaro about her approach to hosting the Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony. The closing event is Saturday night, but she hasn’t even thought about it. “I…

  • Theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman gears up

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new theater prize inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman has been launched, seeking play submissions that “exhibit fearlessness.” The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to…

  • Washington Ballet brings ‘Sleepy Hollow’ sneak peek to Smithsonian museum

    WASHINGTON – The Washington Ballet is gearing up for next month’s performance of “Sleepy Hollow,” bringing Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to the Kennedy Center on Feb. 18-22. But why wait when you can…

  • Update on the latest religion news

    SAME-SEX WEDDING VENUE-LAWSUIT Wedding venue settles bias complaint filed by gay couple GRIMES, Iowa (AP) — The owners of a gift shop and bistro who refused to hold a same-sex wedding at their Iowa business…

  • DC ballet brings excerpts of ‘Sleepy Hollow’ to Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Ballet is giving museum visitors a sneak peek at the company’s new production “Sleepy Hollow” this weekend. The company is adapting Washington Irving’s ghost story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”…

  • Review: CSC’s new ‘A Month in the Country’ lacks nuance

    NEW YORK (AP) — Careless actions can have unexpected consequences, as demonstrated in the great 19th-century Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev’s classic “A Month in the Country.” The comedy of manners, about all kinds of love…

  • Amy Poehler feted by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Amy Poehler turned the tables on her roasters, poking fun at Harvard and its famed Hasty Pudding theater troupe during its annual Woman of the Year award Thursday. The actress joked…

  • AP Explains: Super Bowl stadium full of unique features

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — With its retractable roof and moveable field, University of Phoenix Stadium is unlike any stadium anywhere. Its unique design allows games to be played inside in the air conditioning when it’s…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Jan. 25th. FICTION 1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 3. “All the Light…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice (William Morrow) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House Trade Paperbacks) 4. “Gone Girl”…

  • Timberland sever ties with A.P.C. for using “N-word”

    PARIS (AP) — Capping the Paris fashion season with a dose of controversy, French menswear company APC apologized for using a racist slur in a show last week — prompting collaborator, shoe giant Timberland, to…

  • Film ‘Red Army’ uses hockey as window into Soviet history

    TORONTO (AP) — Audiences understand early on that “Red Army” is more than just a film about hockey. The documentary features plenty of footage of the Soviet Union’s renowned national team scoring incredible goals, undergoing…

  • ‘The Thorn Birds’ author Colleen McCullough dies at age 77

    SYDNEY (AP) — Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness. McCullough died Thursday in a hospital on remote…