02/19/2014 3:05amLawyers for the German art collector who kept more than 1,400 works in his Munich apartment have filed an appeal against the pieces' seizure two years ago, arguing that the decision was disproportionate and the art irrelevant as evidence in the case against their client.
02/19/2014 5:10amHe's got Tonys and a Grammy. Now songwriter Robert Lopez is a little stunned that he might soon take home an Oscar.
02/19/2014 6:37amThe sad fact of the matter is, most of us won't make it to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. But that's no reason to forsake some of the city's classic cuisine.
02/19/2014 7:12amChinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who helped make his name smashing a valuable vase in the name of art, said Wednesday that he was miffed about another artist destroying one of his vases in Florida.
02/19/2014 8:40am"All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood" (Ecco), by Jennifer Senior
02/19/2014 8:48amIf a scared dog bolts from home, it's likely to run as fast and far as it can. But if a house cat panics, it's more likely to slink away and stop at the first good hiding place it finds.
02/19/2014 10:08amThere's a murderer at large in the Marvel Universe and it's not the killing that has heroes in an uproar.
02/19/2014 10:43amThe protagonist of David Marquez and R.J. Ryan's new graphic novel has revolutionized the way society lives once.
02/19/2014 10:44amAn item found in an oil worker's carry-on luggage at Anchorage airport was an improvised explosive device and there was no malicious intent to use it, an agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said.
02/19/2014 11:01amiTunes is putting its stamp on South by Southwest, piggybacking on the annual event with its own music festival.
02/19/2014 11:08am"The Counterfeit Agent" (Putnam), by Alex Berenson
02/19/2014 11:13amA New Jersey teacher with a second career as an actor is losing his day job after an arbitrator concluded that he showed middle-school students a film clip of himself in bed with an actress.
02/19/2014 11:35amLincoln Center will honor Rob Reiner with its 41st annual Chaplin Award.
02/19/2014 12:03pm1. Winter Olympics (Tuesday), NBC, 23.72 million.
02/19/2014 12:26pmTo no one's surprise, the ongoing Olympics handed NBC last week's most-watched seven telecasts, keeping the network in the Nielsen stratosphere and dwarfing its rivals.
02/19/2014 12:28pm"Mad as Hell: The Making of `Network' and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies" (Times Books), by Dave Itzkoff
02/19/2014 12:30pmVenezuelan folk singer-songwriter Simon Diaz has died at age 85, prompting an outpouring of mourning in the country that considered the man known as "Uncle Simon" to be a national treasure.
02/19/2014 12:45pmCee Lo Green says he's quitting as a coach on "The Voice."
02/19/2014 12:48pmIn a story Feb. 18 about the death of author Mavis Gallant, The Associated Press, quoting an editor from The New Yorker, reported erroneously that the magazine published 114 of Gallant's stories. The correct number of stories published was 116.
02/19/2014 1:20pm"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her south Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book, court documents show.
02/19/2014 1:41pmThe Tribeca Film Festival will again kick off with music, opening its 13th annual edition with a documentary on Nas and a performance by the rapper.
02/19/2014 1:41pmBette Midler will perform at the Academy Awards for the first time.
02/19/2014 1:47pmA cleaning woman in southern Italy has unwittingly thrown away contemporary artworks that were supposed to be part of an exhibition.
02/19/2014 3:06pmJazz musicians are famous for their musical conversations _ one improvises a few bars and another plays an answer. Now research shows some of the brain's language regions enable that musical back-and-forth much like a spoken conversation.
02/19/2014 3:30pmWinners of the 2014 Brit Awards, announced Wednesday:
02/19/2014 3:33pmSalma Hayek gushed over the softness of Gucci's lusciously textured looks for next winter _ from supple leather to shaggy fur.
02/19/2014 3:44pmVanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight.
02/19/2014 3:51pmLeonardo DiCaprio is poking his head out of a poolside room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
02/19/2014 4:07pmAll the single ladies: Put your hands up.
02/19/2014 4:24pmShow more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians.
02/19/2014 4:37pmA mother upset about "indecent" T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one.
02/19/2014 4:40pmShould shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?
02/19/2014 4:56pmThey say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few could justifiably question the beauty of a Hayao Miyazaki film. A revered master of animation, the Oscar-winning director/writer makes something as simple as a hazy sky so ravishing, it can take your breath away.
02/19/2014 4:56pmVirgin America says it will grow at Reagan National Airport by gaining landing rights from American Airlines.
02/19/2014 5:01pmThere have been many stage and screen adaptations of "Therese Raquin," Emile Zola's 1867 novel about love and betrayal. Perhaps most notable was filmmaker Marcel Carne's 1953 version, "The Adultress," starring Simone Signoret and Raf Vallone. It was a classic slice of film noir; a feverish take on a sordid love affair.
02/19/2014 5:05pm"All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood" (Ecco), by Jennifer Senior
02/19/2014 5:18pmA lawyer and investment banker who says he was defamed by a portrayal in "The Wolf of Wall Street" is asking for more than $25 million in damages and the film removed from theaters.
02/19/2014 5:35pmPhilip Seymour Hoffman built a career in Hollywood, but his will shows he thought childhood was best spent in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco.
02/19/2014 5:45pmDavid Bowie stole the show at Wednesday's Brit music awards without even showing up, while Arctic Monkeys took home two big trophies at British music's leading prize night.
02/19/2014 6:16pmA Northern California meat processing plant that was shuttered by federal inspectors Monday because of unsanitary conditions has reopened.
02/19/2014 7:41pmBest-selling author James Patterson is giving away $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores.
02/19/2014 8:22pmThe eclectic trio of Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White will headline this summer's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.