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Rome's Colosseum sparkles after magnate-funded restoration

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:21am

The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after its most extensive restoration, a multimillion-euro cleaning to remove a dreary, undignified patina of soot and grime from the ancient arena, which has been assailed for decades by pollution in traffic-clogged Rome.

Judge postpones demolition of Aretha Franklin's Memphis home

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 5:10am

A judge has postponed an order to demolish the dilapidated home where singer Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis.

Jessica Williams leaves 'Daily Show' but not Comedy Central

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:10am

Comedy Central's "Daily Show" has said goodbye to longtime correspondent Jessica Williams, who is working on a new project with the cable network.

51st edition film fest opens at Czech spa town, honors Dafoe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 3:30am

The western Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary is kicking off its annual international film festival with an award for U.S. actor Willem Dafoe.

Musician Paul Simon doesn't let on if he's the retiring type

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:10am

If Paul Simon is serious about calling it quits, he didn't let on to a hometown crowd.

Gay Talese won't promote new book amid credibility questions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:00am

Veteran journalist and author Gay Talese says he will not promote his forthcoming book, "The Voyeur's Motel," after questions were raised about the credibility of its main source.

2 workers injured on downtown Los Angeles filming location

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:40pm

Authorities say two men were injured by falling equipment on a filming set in downtown Los Angeles.

New Orleans ready to 'party with a purpose' at Essence Fest

Chevel Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:30pm

Music has always been at the heart of the annual Essence Festival, now in its 22nd year, and this year will be no different.

The Latest: Will Packer's new film centered at Essence Fest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:20pm

The Latest on the annual Essence Festival held over the July Fourth holiday in New Orleans (all times local):

Brad Paisley: West Virginia floods shocking, heartbreaking

John Raby, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:00pm

Brad Paisley said he's shocked and heartbroken by the destruction from deadly flooding in his home state of West Virginia.

FBI seeks Rockwell painting on 40th anniversary of its theft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

Federal authorities are seeking the public's help in recovering a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting on the 40th anniversary of its theft from a New Jersey home.

Fairey: 'Vindicated' by dismissal of Detroit tagging case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:01pm

Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey says he feels "relieved and vindicated" now that a malicious destruction of property case in Detroit has been dismissed.

Rob Wasserman, accomplished bass player, dead at 64

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:02pm

Rob Wasserman, a highly respected bass player and composer who performed and recorded with Lou Reed, Neil Young, Brian Wilson and many other musicians, has died. He was 64.

Documents filed by some Prince claimants to become public

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:01pm

A Minnesota judge overseeing the legal proceedings about Prince's estate will allow documents filed by some claimants to become public.

Chechen leader Kadyrov seeks apprentice on reality TV show

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:32pm

Another powerful, controversial man is taking to reality TV to find an assistant — not Donald Trump but the leader of Chechnya.

Wisecracking De Niro touts Catskills with NY governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 12:21pm

Robert De Niro is conjuring the legacy — and the stand-up jokes — of comedians like Rodney Dangerfield, Henny Youngman and Milton Berle while praising the natural beauty of New York's Catskills region.

HLN's Nancy Grace leaving her legal show

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 10:12am

Tough-talking former prosecutor Nancy Grace is leaving her prime-time show on the HLN network in October.

Flint Institute of Arts plans $8.5M expansion, renovation

David Runk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:00am

The Flint Institute of Arts plans an $8.5 million museum expansion and art school renovation that includes a wing for contemporary crafts and space for artists to work with stadium-style seating so visitors can observe the creative process, officials announced Thursday.

Christie's to sell contents of Reagans' LA home

Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 4:21am

A two-day auction of the contents of Ronald and Nancy Reagan's ranch-style home in California will include everything from personal mementos from heads of state and friends to objects the couple took with them to the White House.

Film academy invites 683 new members to join

Sandy Cohen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 9:01pm

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization.