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Best new theme park rides: Virtual reality, interactivity

Terrance Harris, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:40pm

You're flying alongside Superman, seeing the world as the Man of Steel views it, thanks to virtual reality headsets on a roller coaster at Six Flags New England.

Artist makes Louvre Pyramid disappear in optical illusion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:11pm

French street artist JR has made the famous Louvre Pyramid in Paris disappear in an optical illusion.

Memorable moments from the National Spelling Bee

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:02pm

The 284 kids competing in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee got their first opportunity to approach the microphone on Wednesday — and to hear the dreaded bell that signals an incorrect spelling. At the end of Wednesday's onstage rounds, the field will be cut to no more than 50 spellers for Thursday's finals.

Paris auction house defends divisive sale of tribal items

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 12:40pm

A Paris auction house has defended its practices as within the law after Native American leaders in Washington protested its latest plan to sell off part of their tribal history, getting bi-partisan support.

HBO producer among 2 charged in dermatologist's OD death

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 12:40pm

The producer of an HBO series was among two men arrested Wednesday in the 2015 death of a dermatologist who overdosed on cocaine and alcohol.

'Fast & Furious' revs up for 15th anniversary re-release

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 12:01pm

"The Fast and the Furious" is speeding back into theaters this summer in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the film that launched the improbable $3.9 billion franchise. Tickets are now on sale for the nationwide June 22 re-release, Universal Pictures said Wednesday.

Actor's young son says he heard shots in killing of mom

Anthony McCartney, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 11:41am

The 10-year-old son of an actor on trial for murder in the killing of his wife testified Wednesday that he heard his father tell her that she should run to heaven before shooting her twice in the legs in a hallway outside the boy's bedroom.

'The Americans' renewed for 2 more seasons before bowing out

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 11:30am

"The Americans" will conclude its series run on FX with two more seasons, the network announced Wednesday.

Shakespeare First Folio fetches $2.75 million at auction

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 11:11am

A set of the first four editions of William Shakespeare's plays — dubbed the "Holy Grail of publishing" by Christie's auction house — sold Wednesday for almost 2.5 million pounds ($3.68 million).

Actress Beth Howland, who played Vera on 'Alice,' dies at 74

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 11:02am

Beth Howland, the actress best known for her role as a ditzy waitress on the 1970s and '80s CBS sitcom "Alice," has died. She was 74.

'Godfather' notebook featuring Coppola comments out in fall

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 9:50am

"Godfather" obsessives can look forward to a new publication this fall: A 700-page "Notebook" featuring Francis Ford Coppola's original annotations of the Mario Puzo best-seller.

Marijuana charges against rapper Twista, others dropped

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 6:50am

Misdemeanor marijuana possession charges against Chicago rapper Twista and two others also arrested in northwestern Indiana in March have been dropped.

Case reopened for 'Real Housewives' star Teresa Giudice

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 6:10am

A federal judge has reopened a bankruptcy case for "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast member Teresa Giudice (JOO'-dys), who pleaded guilty in 2014 to bankruptcy fraud.

London's Donmar staging all-female Shakespeare trilogy

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

London's small but powerful Donmar Warehouse is branching out — across town and across the Atlantic.

Ariana Grande replaces Whitney Houston hologram on 'Voice'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 5:40am

Ariana Grande has filled in for a hologram version of Whitney Houston in a duet with Christina Aguilera on the season finale of NBC's "The Voice."

The Avengers heed call to visit teen battling cancer

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 3:10am

Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.

Renowned Chinese writer Yang Jiang dies at age 104

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 1:40am

Renowned Chinese writer Yang Jiang, known for her prolific output and marriage to an equally famous author, died Wednesday at age 104, state media said.

Cosby lawyers outline defense as case heads to trial

Maryclaire Dale and Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:51pm

Bill Cosby's lawyers gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing.

Depp's dog fight with Australian deputy leader continues

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 10:11pm

Australia's deputy prime minister boasted on Wednesday that he had got into Johnny Depp's head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter after the Hollywood actor quipped that the ruddy-faced lawmaker appeared to be "inbred with a tomato."

The Avengers heed call to visit teen battling cancer

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 24th - 8:31pm

Each night, 18-year-old Ryan Wilcox sleeps under a portrait of himself dressed as Captain America — the pinnacle of human strength and endurance.