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Oscar-nominee filmmakers credit Harvard professor

02/07/2014 12:47am
Behind the spotlight on this year's Oscar nominees for best feature documentary is a soft-spoken and camera-shy film professor at Harvard who taught three of the directors in the 1990s, encouraging their work and inspiring them to greatness.

Director Zhang Yimou pays $1.2M for having 3 kids

02/07/2014 4:11am
Famed film director Zhang Yimou and his wife paid more than $1.2 million in fines Friday for having three children in violation of China's strict family-planning rules.

New Polish movie casts Cold War spy as hero

02/07/2014 4:41am
For many Poles, Col. Ryszard Kuklinski was a traitor for passing secrets to the Americans during the Cold War _ and even Solidarity leader Lech Walesa refused to honor him after he became president. A new Polish movie casts Kuklinski in a different light, as a hero who acted on conscience and helped avert bloodshed.

Tax on Austrian bubbly irks Vienna's upper crust

02/07/2014 5:12am
Just when it seemed that Austria survived Europe's financial crisis unscathed, austerity has hit _ in the form of a tax on sekt, the country's version of champagne.

NY resort closing for a week after virus outbreak

02/07/2014 5:15am
A Catskill mountain resort is closing for a week after a virus sickened hundreds of guests and employees.

Loose lips give ammunition to MSNBC foes

02/07/2014 6:46am
Since MSNBC is in the political ring, its opponents are always on the lookout for things to attack. Lately, NBC's left-leaning cable news sister has offered plenty of ammunition.

An intense, yet effortless garlic sauce pasta

02/07/2014 7:11am
The goal was simple _ the most intense garlic pasta I could muster.

Lindsey Vonn struts the runway _ with crutches

02/07/2014 7:50am
They weren't ski poles. They were crutches.

France rethinks family reforms that sparked feud

02/07/2014 8:48am
Declaring that France should change with the times, the government wants to promote gender equality in schools and give unmarried and same-sex couples with children similar rights as married ones.

Robert Dahl, political scientist, dead at 98

02/07/2014 8:50am
Robert A. Dahl, an esteemed and influential political scientist who in such books as "Who Governs?" championed democracy in theory and critiqued it in practice, has died. He was 98.

After 22 years, Leno gave 'Tonight' his farewell

02/07/2014 9:17am
Make way for Jimmy Fallon.

Pulitzer-winning NH poet Maxine Kumin dies at 88

02/07/2014 10:14am
Maxine Kumin, a prolific New England poet and U.S. poet laureate who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for her work "Up Country," has died. She was 88.

'Vampire Academy' stars talk story's jump to film

02/07/2014 10:14am
For those who have gotten their fill of vampires thanks to the "Twilight" series of books and movies, "Vampire Academy" offers a different world and back story.

Artisanal movement reaches the food court scene

02/07/2014 10:34am
In Singapore's equivalent of food courts, hawkers sell steaming bowls of noodles, giant crabs in pepper sauce and slices of pungent durian. In Barcelona, patrons at the La Boqueria nibble finely aged ham and buy fresh produce to prepare at home. In the United States? Historically, it's been a wasteland of spongy pretzels, giant sodas, greasy fried rice and endless burgers.

Wendy Williams' talk show items go to Smithsonian

02/07/2014 11:26am
Talk-show host Wendy Williams is giving part of her diva act to the Smithsonian to be part of a growing collection of items from daytime television.

On Russian TV, US mom urges waiver to adoption ban

02/07/2014 11:46am
A Minnesota woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation's year-old ban on adoptions by Americans. She and her husband adopted a boy from Russia in 2008 and refuse to give up long-standing efforts to also adopt their son's biological brother from an orphanage in the city of Kursk.

Yogurt spat throws off routines of US Olympians

02/07/2014 12:27pm
U.S. Olympians will have to make do without the team's official yogurt _ denying them a source of protein and potentially disturbing their daily routines as they prepare for the biggest competition of their lives.

Ex-Beatle's sis recalls his Ill. visit pre-fame

02/07/2014 12:56pm
Not long after settling in southern Illinois in 1963, an ocean from her native England, Louise Harrison Caldwell trudged from one radio station to the next lobbying for air time for her brother's quartet. Revered in Britain, the group was virtually unknown in America _ and her promotion fizzled.

Peter Som shows tailored coats; Underwood pops in

02/07/2014 1:32pm
It may be frigid in New York City, but Carrie Underwood doesn't seem to notice.

Skeleton horse, big thumb to be on London square

02/07/2014 1:49pm
A big thumbs-up and a skeletal horse will soon stand in London's landmark Trafalgar Square.

NYC mayor rips Biden's dig at LaGuardia Airport

02/07/2014 1:50pm
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) doesn't care for Vice President Joe Biden's criticisms of the city's LaGuardia Airport.

Leno's last 'Tonight' draws 14.6 million viewers

02/07/2014 2:07pm
Jay Leno's farewell "Tonight Show" drew the late-night show's biggest audience in more than 15 years, NBC said Friday.

Hoffman's NYC funeral attracts Hollywood stars

02/07/2014 3:27pm
Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects Friday at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his generation.

Carmen Marc Valvo champions women warriors

02/07/2014 3:39pm
Red-carpet designer Carmen Marc Valvo has been dressing the rich and famous for decades, including Queen Latifah and other notables with curves.

Egypt's top satirist back on air after suspension

02/07/2014 3:51pm
Egypt's popular satirist Bassem Youssef was back on air on Friday, true to his style of mocking the nationalist fervor gripping Egyptians after the overthrow of the country's Islamist president in a coup last July and the subsequent euphoria surrounding the military chief who is widely expected to run for president.

Richard Bach writes book about 2012 plane crash

02/07/2014 4:17pm
The author of the inspirational novella "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" is opening up about the plane crash that nearly killed him.

Memories of the Beatles' US television debut

02/07/2014 4:44pm
It was 50 years ago today (almost) that this mop-topped band began to play (in America).

Utah district: New policies after lunches seized

02/07/2014 4:46pm
A Utah school district that came under fire for taking away $2 school lunches from about 32 students is announcing new policies it says will prevent a similar situation.

2 Wis. men charged in theft of $5M violin

02/07/2014 5:27pm
Prosecutors say it was the suspect's "dream theft": to simply snatch an expensive Stradivarius violin from an unsuspecting musician.

Jason Wu presents a darker, moody collection

02/07/2014 5:28pm
Jason Wu says the weather is on his mind a lot. Maybe that's why his clothes have a moody feel this Fashion Week.

Sure it's winter, but Mr. Turk talks swim trunks

02/07/2014 6:02pm
Sure it's winter, but summer is year-round on the Instagram feed of Terry Miller in itsy bitsy bathing trunks designed by Mr. Turk.

NYC mayor welcomes Pussy Riot to City Hall

02/07/2014 6:04pm
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) has welcomed the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot to City Hall.

Live music and celebrity fans at Rebecca Minkoff

02/07/2014 6:17pm
If you ever needed proof that designer Rebecca Minkoff is much loved by young women, you had only to look at the celebrities sprinkled in the audience at her runway show Friday.

Nevada county charging for jail meals; ACLU upset

02/07/2014 6:38pm
A northern Nevada county is moving ahead with what may be a first-in-the-nation plan to charge county jail inmates for food and medical care, despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union that it's cruel and unusual punishment and could lead to a court battle.

Cider and homemade doughnuts at Rag & Bone

02/07/2014 7:15pm
Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville certainly know how to warm up an audience: With hot cider, hot chocolate, and mini-cinnamon doughnuts, fried up on the spot.

Fox's 'The X Factor' ending after 3 seasons

02/07/2014 8:10pm
"The X Factor" is ending after three seasons.

Neil Patrick Harris accepts Hasty Pudding award

02/07/2014 8:52pm
Neil Patrick Harris, dressed in a wig, lingerie and red heels, took the stage at Harvard University on Friday to accept the 2014 Man of the Year Award from America's oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

Fallon exits 'Late Night, ' headed for 'Tonight'

02/07/2014 11:13pm
It's not so much "goodbye" as "taking a break."

Snow, freezing rain blanket much of Northwest

02/07/2014 11:21pm
The second day of a fierce winter storm blanketed parts of the Northwest with another half foot of snow Friday as icy conditions made highways treacherous and claimed another life.
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