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  • Venice officials shut down mosque-inside-church art exhibit

    MILAN (AP) — Authorities in Venice on Friday closed a working mosque in an ex-church that was Iceland’s contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale contemporary art fair on the grounds that it was being improperly…

  • Circus accused of violating law in treatment of elephants

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A circus violated an animal welfare law by allowing three elephants to briefly get loose in Missouri and watering them too close to a Pennsylvania show’s public area where a child…

  • Amid celebrity show offs, $30 million raised at AIDS gala

    CAP D’ANTIBES, France (AP) — Amid celebrity schmoozing, glamorous fashions, musical performances and the frequent banging of the auction hammer, the French Riviera’s annual star-filled amfAR gala brought in its expected share of drama —…

  • ‘Blood Quilt’ makes world premiere at Arena Stage

    By Allison Keyes, WTOP.com WASHINGTON – “All we really have,” actress Tonye Patano says, “is this moment. … Live in the now and the present, and you won’t have to worry about regrets or have…

  • Nazi-looted painting from Gurlitt art trove to go on sale

    LONDON (AP) — A painting that was seized by the Nazis and only recently returned to the Jewish owner’s heirs is going on auction. Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on a Beach” was discovered in 2012…

  • Here come the judges as ‘AGT’ returns for its 10th season

    NEW YORK (AP) — “They keep telling people it’s the 10th anniversary. But it’s the fourth season, as far as I’m concerned,” says Howard Stern, who joined “America’s Got Talent” as a judge in 2012.…

  • Dutch art sleuth helps German police track down Nazi art

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch art sleuth best known for identifying works looted from Jewish owners by the Nazis said he helped German police recover two massive bronze horse sculptures crafted for Adolf…

  • Herman Wouk writes book to mark 100th birthday

    NEW YORK (AP) — As he nears his 100th birthday, Herman Wouk has a book planned with a title permitted only to a man of his age. Wouk’s “Sailor and Fiddler: Reflections of a 100-Year-Old…

  • Free outdoor fun: Jazz in the Garden kicks off

    WASHINGTON – Live music, great weather and a Friday night. Most can’t think of a better combination. Jazz in the Garden is back at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, starting Friday May 22. It’s one…

  • Berlin art show pairs impressionist, expressionist paintings

    BERLIN (AP) — Camille Pissarro’s famous “Boulevard Montmartre at Night” shows a brightly illuminated avenue in Paris — the city lights turned into gentle dabs of oil paint. Next to the French impressionist’s 1897 work…

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended May 17th. FICTION 1. “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss (Random House) 2. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 3. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula…

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    Copyright 5/8/2015 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 5/17/2015, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2015 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins…

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    Copyright 5/8/2015 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 5/17/2015, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2015 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins…

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS

    1. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 2. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 3. “Memory Man” by David Balducci (Grand Central Publishing) 4. “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough…

  • AP PHOTOS: Crews rake, vacuum up oil after California spill

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Cleanup is underway after an oil spill spanning 9 miles of California coastline, with crews in protective suits working hard to rake, shovel and vacuum up the sticky black goo. Up…