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  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Mikulski, longest-serving woman in Congress and pugnacious advocate, won’t seek 6th term BALTIMORE (AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a tough and dogged daughter of working class Baltimore who rose to become the longest-serving woman in…

  • Review: ‘Second Best’ Marigold Hotel lives up to its title

    If you’re going to do a movie sequel that doesn’t quite measure up to the original and seems rather hurriedly cobbled together, well, OK. Many filmmakers have done the same. But actually putting the words…

  • Box office top 20: Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ on top with $18.7M

    NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith’s crime caper “Focus” debuted with $18.7 million, according to final figures Monday, while the previous North American box office leader, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” sunk to fourth place. The…

  • Oscar-winning director: Poles should see ‘Ida” not debate it

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of “Ida,” the Polish movie that won this year’s Oscar for best foreign film, said Monday that Poles should see it before calling it anti-Polish. “Ida” premiered in Poland…

  • Update on the latest in business:

    FINANCIAL MARKETS Asia stocks mostly rise as China rate cut offsets US data TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher today as a weekend interest rate cut by the Chinese central bank lifted…

  • Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment:

    IRAQ Iraqi premier gives ultimatum ahead of hinted Tikrit attack BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister has called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group, ahead of a promised offensive to retake…

  • Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ tops box office with $19.1 million

    NEW YORK (AP) — Will Smith’s con-man caper “Focus” dethroned “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the box office, but the film’s modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once…

  • Morocco reports six-fold spike in foreign filming

    TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) — Morocco saw a six-fold increase in the amount of money foreign film companies spent in the country to make movies, the head of the film commission said Saturday. On the final…

  • Spock’s ears: A pointy trademark for Leonard Nimoy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at age 83, likely had the most famous lobes in Hollywood. As the logical half-human, half-alien Mr. Spock in “Star Trek,” his pointy Vulcan appendages became…

  • World’s biggest private Harry Potter collection on display

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican’s fascination with Harry Potter has grown into the world’s biggest private collection of toys, books, clothes and other items related to author J.K. Rowling’s fantasy hero. Now, other…

  • Dress that ‘greatly resembles’ stolen Nyong’o gown recovered

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong’o’s hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los…

  • Bruce Willis laments sudden end to action-thriller ‘Wake’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Willis is not saying “Yippie-ki-yay” about the cancellation of his latest film. A spokesman for Willis told The Associated Press Friday that production of “Wake” was suddenly halted this week…

  • Biopic of martial arts legend Bruce Lee springs into action

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee is getting the official biopic treatment, daughter Shannon Lee announced Friday. Despite his untimely death in 1973 at age 32, Bruce Lee helped to create…

  • Harrison Ford to reprise role in ‘Blade Runner’ sequel

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as Rick Deckard in a sequel to the dystopian, neo-noir “Blade Runner,” more than 31 years after the film first premiered. Ridley Scott…

  • Nimoy mourned — on Earth and in space

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner is among those mourning the death of Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock on the TV series and in several movies. Shatner…