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A sister uses her gifts to send messages to fallen soldier

Martha Irvine, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 11:15pm

She begins each time by sharpening her tools, with the sound of metal on metal echoing through the sunlit old house she calls both home and workshop. Making a violin is a methodical art. For Sonja St. John, that structure is a necessity — and the routine, in many ways, a saving grace.

Stars turn out for lavish French Riviera AIDS fundraiser

Louise Dixon, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 8:40pm

A star-studded French Riviera AIDS fundraising gala has raised more than $20 million (17.8 million euros) to combat the disease globally.

Sotheby's sells Tamayo's 'Bird Charmer' for $4.3M in NY

Sigal Ratner-Arias, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:45pm

"The Bird Charmer" by Rufino Tamayo was sold for $4.3 million on Thursday at Sotheby's Latin American art auction in New York.

Cornell funeral to take place Friday; widow pens letter

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:25pm

Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will be laid to rest Friday at a private memorial service at a Hollywood cemetery that is the final resting place of numerous stars.

Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:19pm

Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City.

UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

Jill Lawless, Paisley Dodds, Maggie Michael and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:19pm

The suspect in the deadly Manchester concert bombing was driven by what he saw as unjust treatment of Arabs in Britain, a relative said Thursday, confirming he made a final phone call in which he pleaded: "Forgive me."

The Latest: Britain resumes sharing bombing intel with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:10pm

The Latest on the investigation into the Manchester concert bombing (all times local):

Italy court overturns appointments of 5 museum directors

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:00pm

An Italian administrative court has nixed the selection of five museum directors, siding with critics of a much-vaunted reform plan that allowed experts from other European Union countries to compete for top posts.

Leaks from bombing probe antagonize British officials

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 3:28pm

The ongoing leaks of sensitive information that have been a hallmark of the Trump administration are antagonizing one of America's closest allies, with officials in Britain incensed over details of the Manchester bombing investigation finding their way into the news.

Cosby seeking new solidarity with blacks he once alienated

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:56pm

After two years of silence amid an onslaught of sexual assault allegations, comedian Bill Cosby is sending carefully targeted messages about racial bias across the media landscape ahead of his June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia.

Child actors take the Cannes Film Festival by storm

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 1:08pm

The Cannes Film Festival, with its late-night soirees and throngs of paparazzi, isn't an ideal place for children. Few of its movies are PG-rated, nor is much of the nightlife.

NBC's live 'Bye Bye Birdie' pushed from December to 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:54pm

NBC is saying bye-bye this year to its tradition of an annual live holiday musical. The network confirming that "Bye Bye Birdie" has been pushed from its announced December airdate into 2018. No new airdate was announced.

After Manchester attack, Aerosmith still on European tour

Sian Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:54pm

Aerosmith's Joe Perry says the band's European dates will not be canceled in the wake of Monday's deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Memoir from dancer David Hallberg coming in November

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 12:00pm

David Hallberg is working on a memoir about his rise from childhood bullying victim to principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Pattinson, Sandler lead Oscar contenders out of Cannes

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 9:04am

It's a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns.

Gold Star father Khizr Khan plans book for young people

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:30am

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national celebrity after speaking at last year's Democratic National Convention, has a book planned for young readers.

US Senate votes to name courthouse after actor Fred Thompson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 6:00am

The U.S. Senate has voted to name Nashville's new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in at least 20 movies and in the TV series "Law & Order."

Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at Manchester children's hospital following the concert attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:30am

Queen Elizabeth II has arrived at Manchester children's hospital following the concert attack.

Prime Minister Theresa May: UK threat level to remain at 'critical' level, public should be vigilant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 25th - 4:24am

Prime Minister Theresa May: UK threat level to remain at 'critical' level, public should be vigilant.

From fame to shame: Playmate to do time scrubbing graffiti

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:42pm

Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.