12/03/2013 1:47amWashoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world's priceless cultural heritage by the U.N. this week. But even as sushi and sake booms worldwide, purists say its finer points are candidates for the endangered list at home. The younger generation is increasingly eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts and McDonald's, not rice.
12/03/2013 4:10amAngel Ayala has never been a big fan of museums. Blind since birth, the high school student says the exhibits are so sight-dependent that he can't enjoy them.
12/03/2013 5:28amA bestselling German satirical novel about Adolf Hitler's reappearance 66 years after the end of World War II is to be turned into a movie.
12/03/2013 5:45amFrench authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
12/03/2013 7:00amTired of staring at your Christmas tree or flickering menorah _ or at legions of rival shoppers at the mall?
12/03/2013 8:24amNext year's Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince.
12/03/2013 8:38amBoston "Life, Love & Hope" (Frontiers)
12/03/2013 8:40amOnly four months after a raging fire engulfed the arrivals terminal at Kenya's main airport, Kenya's president on Tuesday broke ground on new construction that officials hope will cement the country as East Africa's transportation leader.
12/03/2013 9:00amMariam Hashimi and her husband, Munis Alkouz, chose the hotel for their November wedding reception mainly for one reason: It allowed them to use a local caterer to bring in the traditional Afghan rice and meat dishes that hotel chefs often aren't trained to prepare.
12/03/2013 9:02amOf Tiffany Schutt's 250 wedding guests, one surely stood out.
12/03/2013 9:03amTeens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while U.S. students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.
12/03/2013 9:05amJillian Mackey had seen wedding favors that seemed like an afterthought, and she knew she did not want to give one of those _ an impractical trinket that would likely get tossed in the trash or thrown in a drawer.
12/03/2013 9:11amIn a story Nov. 26 about toy safety, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, reported erroneously that toy jewelry rings that tested positive for excessive lead were purchased at Dollar General. U.S. PIRG now says the toy rings were purchased at Dollar Tree, not Dollar General.
12/03/2013 9:21amLena Headey is not only appearing in the upcoming film version of "Low Down," she's narrating the audiobook.
12/03/2013 10:01amLook alive, selfie. There's another word of the year that's not all about you.
12/03/2013 10:14amIn an alley behind a cafe in New York's Greenwich Village, an unidentified stranger knocks singer Llewyn Davis to his knees. Within the first 10 minutes of the Coen brothers' latest dark comedy, the filmmakers acquaint us with the curiously obscure, as violent fits are not usually associated with folk music.
12/03/2013 10:22amMoncler, an Italian fashion house known for its down jackets, is launching an initial public offering this month in what Milan's main stock exchange hopes will boost its plan to become an international hub for luxury goods company listings.
12/03/2013 11:17amNo bride has ever asked designer Mark Badgley, half of the Badgley Mischka duo, about incorporating a cold-weather look into her wedding ensemble. Coats and boots just aren't the stuff of fantasy wedding dreams, he says.
12/03/2013 11:31amGenerations ago, planning a wedding was 100 percent the bride's job, but in today's age of gender equity, it's a mere 99 percent.
12/03/2013 11:42amThe Academy Awards has winnowed the best documentary field down to 15 finalists that include the Indonesian death squad examination "The Act of Killing" and the backup singer tribute "20 Feet From Stardom."
12/03/2013 11:46amAhmed Fouad Negm, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was Egypt's poet of revolution, inspiring protesters from the 1970s through the current wave of uprisings with sharply political verses excoriating the country's leaders in the rich slang of colloquial Arabic.
12/03/2013 12:07pmAuthorities in Phoenix say tests indicate a passenger whose presence on a flight from Texas caused a tuberculosis scare doesn't have the infectious disease.
12/03/2013 12:12pmBolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in an acid attack on the ballet's artistic director, after a trial that at times made it seem as if the victim was the one in the dock.
12/03/2013 1:57pmHundreds of thousands of people who attended concerts at a New Jersey amphitheater over eight years would get free tickets and discount coupons under a preliminary court settlement reached with promoter Live Nation.
12/03/2013 2:18pmThe New York Film Critics Circle named "American Hustle" the best film of 2013, giving David O. Russell's fictionalized Abscam tale an early jolt in Hollywood's awards season.
12/03/2013 2:18pmRapper Gucci Mane is facing federal firearms charges after authorities say he possessed guns on two occasions when police were called to investigate his behavior.
12/03/2013 2:28pmJudy Rodgers, the award-winning chef-owner of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe, has died. She was 57.
12/03/2013 2:51pmA lavish white and gold ballet-inspired ball gown worn by Princess Diana has fetched 102,000 pounds ($167,000) at a London auction.
12/03/2013 2:55pmA co-host of the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.
12/03/2013 3:09pmThe sale of Frontier Airlines to a company that plans to turn it into an ultra-low-cost airline is a done deal.
12/03/2013 3:11pmPop star Katy Perry said Tuesday that becoming a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. children's agency has made her realize there's more to happiness than material possessions and social status.
12/03/2013 3:26pmIn a Dec. 1 obituary for Paul Walker, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Walker's "Fast & Furious" co-star Vin Diesel reacted to Walker's death in a message on Instagram. The account that was quoted is a fake and does not represent Diesel, said his publicist. Diesel has since posted a message on his Facebook page, verified by the publicist, honoring Walker "as the brother you were, on and off screen."
12/03/2013 3:35pmPainter Fred F. Scherer, who created vivid dioramas of animals and birds in natural scenes for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, has died at age 98.
12/03/2013 4:34pmBefore his death, "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was drawing parallels between his real-life role as dad to 15-year-old daughter Meadow and his part as an unexpected father to a newborn baby in the upcoming Hurricane Katrina drama "Hours."
12/03/2013 4:59pmBritney Spears, "Britney Jean" (RCA Records)
12/03/2013 8:02pmChristian Slater has married his girlfriend in an impromptu ceremony.