• British Prince Harry reports for duty in Australia next week

    Updated: 26 min ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry arrives in Australia's national capital next week to begin four weeks of training with the Australian army before the British royal ends his decade-long military career. The fourth in line to the British throne will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Canberra on Monday in his first public function on arriving in Australia, the Defense Department said in a statement Thursday. The 30-year-old veteran of two tours of Afghanistan will then explore the World War I and Afghanistan galleries at the Australian War Memorial before reporting for duty to Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, who is Australia's Defense Force Chief.

  • Fast, furious, unstoppable: Franchise stays in high gear

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious." The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who infiltrates their ring just wasn't "that kind of film," according to Moritz. Now, 14 years, seven movies, a few restarts and $2.4 billion later, Universal's homegrown "Fast & Furious" franchise has become one of the jewels of the studio. And, cinema's most improbable series keeps getting bigger and faster, fueled by growing international interest. With its diverse cast, keen self-awareness, postcard locales and crazy stunts, "Fast & Furious" has become the quintessential global franchise.

  • Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum

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    HONOLULU (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum on Wednesday handed over seven rare artifacts that it acquired without museum officials realizing they were ill-gotten items. Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will take the items back to New York and, from there, eventually return them to the government of India. U.S. customs agents say the items were taken from religious temples and ancient Buddhist sites, and then allegedly smuggled to the United States by an art dealer. The dealer, Subhash Kapoor, was arrested in 2011 and is awaiting trial in India.

  • AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDT

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    Iran nuclear talks stumble after missing deadline, heading for double overtime LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — With even a vague outline of an Iran nuclear deal eluding their grasp, negotiators headed for double overtime Wednesday night in a marathon attempt to find common ground for a more important task — forging a final deal by the end of June. Iran and six world powers had cited progress in abandoning their March 31 deadline for the basic understanding that would prepare the ground for a new phase of negotiations on a substantive deal. But as differences persisted into late Wednesday, the State Department announced that Secretary of State John Kerry was postponing his departure and would remain until at least Thursday mo

  • Lucy Lawless is bewitching as a newcomer to WGN's 'Salem'

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    NEW YORK (AP) — As if there weren't enough upheaval in 17th-Century Salem, Massachusetts, this haunted village is about to welcome Lucy Lawless. Celebrated for such unflinching performances as Xena, Warrior Princess, and Lucretia in the "Spartacus" trilogy, Lawless is now casting her spell on "Salem," WGN's witch-war drama, as it begins its second season Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT. Phoning from Shreveport, Louisiana (where she was midway through shooting with castmates including Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel and Ashley Madekwe), Lawless chatted about the show and her role on it: The Associated Press: In the premiere you're introduced in a brief but shocking scene that involves a bathtub and a creepy way of drain

  • Wristbands on sale today for 2015 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, which will charge admission for the first time

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    OKEMAH – As previously reported, John Fullbright, John Moreland, The Damn Quails, Kevin and Dustin Welch, Red Dirt Rangers, Ellis Paul, Michael Fracasso, David Amram, Susan Herndon and K.C. Clifford are among more than 80 recording artists who have been confirmed for the 2015 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, set for July 8-12 in the late, […]

  • Jeremy Renner, estranged wife, settle custody dispute

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner will share joint custody of his 2-year-old daughter with his estranged wife after the pair reached a custody agreement after a day of negotiations on Wednesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Whitaker approved the settlement, which calls for Renner to pay his wife $13,000 a month in child support. Pacheco, a model, filed for divorce from Renner in early December, less than a year after the pair had a secret wedding. A hearing had been scheduled for Thursday in the pair's custody dispute. Both sides had each raised issues with the other's parenting of their daughter.

  • Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Eric Church and more added to 'ACM Presents: Superstar Duets'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced that Oklahoma native Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn (which includes former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn), John Anderson, Deana Carter, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Alan Jackson, Ashley Monroe, Kip Moore, David Lee Murphy, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Marty Stuart, […]

  • NFL will get photos from Greg Hardy's domestic violence trial

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The NFL has been granted permission by the Mecklenburg County [N.C.] District Attorney’s Office to examine photographs from Greg Hardy’s domestic violence trial, according to multiple reports. That decision could expedite the league’s decision on how to discipline the newly signed Dallas Cowboys defensive end. Most believe Hardy will receive between a four- to six-game suspension to start the 2015 season after spending most of last season on the commissioner’s exempt list because of the incident. The seven photos reportedly show injuries sustained by Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, during an altercation between the two last May.

  • Big fun with just the right dose of heart

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES—“Furious 7” is the fuel-injected fusion of all that is and ever has been good in “The Fast and the Furious” saga that began in 2001 with souped-up cars and a stripped-down story about a tightknit East L.A. street racing crew. Although 2006’s “Tokyo Drift,” the third in the series, will always remain for me the one in which the films find their footing, in “Furious 7” they learn how to fly. In every sense. The always-fabulous autos spend much of the time airborne in stunning, heart-dropping effects.

  • Nation and world news briefs

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    US won’t charge former IRS official with contempt WASHINGTON — Lois Lerner, the former IRS official whose office gave improper scrutiny to tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, won’t be charged with contempt of Congress. Outgoing U.S. Attorney Ron Machen disclosed the Justice Department’s decision in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner dated March 31. Machen is resigning Wednesday as the top federal prosecutor in Washington. The decision comes 11 months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Lerner in contempt. —Bloomberg News ——— Mom of children found in freezer charged with murder DETROIT — The mother of two children found in a deep freezer in a Detroit

  • Ingram, longtime Twins minor league coach, dies at 48

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    ATLANTA (AP) — Riccardo Ingram, a longtime minor league coach in the Minnesota Twins organization and a former football and baseball star at Georgia Tech, died at the age of 48 following his second battle with brain cancer. Georgia Tech said Ingram died on Tuesday night. Ingram is a member of Georgia Tech's Sports Hall of Fame. He was the first Georgia Tech player to be named the Atlantic Coast Conference's male athlete of the year. He was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference defensive back in 1986 before leading the Yellow Jackets to the 1987 ACC baseball championship. He began his long career as a minor league coach following brief stints in the majors with Detroit in 1994 and the Twins in 1995.

  • 'Boyhood' actress Patricia Arquette planning memoir

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette has lot more to say off screen than her Oscar acceptance speech. The actress cited in February for her performance in "Boyhood" has a deal with Random House for a memoir about her "unconventional family," single parenthood and life in Hollywood, the publisher announced Wednesday. The book is currently untitled and a release date has not been set. Arquette, who turns 46 next week, is the granddaughter of character actor and "Hollywood Squares" celebrity Cliff Arquette (aka "Charlie Weaver") and the daughter of actor Lewis Arquette. She has been married twice, including to fellow actor Nicholas Cage, and has two children. Her other films include "True Romance" and "Bringi

  • Michigan nonprofit gets $5.2 million to boost fresh food

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    DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan nonprofit will get $5.2 million to help boost the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables for those getting food assistance by expanding a program allowing people to get more for their money at grocery stores and farmers markets, officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the multiyear funding for the Fair Food Network as part of $31.5 million being distributed nationwide. The money seeks to help participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. "Encouraging low-income families to put more healthy food in their grocery baskets is part of USDA's ongoing commitment to improving the diet and health of all Americans," U.S. Agri

  • IndyCar's new aero kits leave debris trail in season opener

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Broken bits and pieces from IndyCar's new aero kits littered the track in the series season opener, which was slowed by several cautions to pick up the parts. The multiple race stoppages — there were five long cautions to sweep debris off the St. Petersburg, Florida, racing surface — made for a choppy opener. But that became secondary when it was revealed a spectator was struck in the head by a piece of flying debris. Brigette Hoffstetter was walking in the concession area near Turn 10 on the temporary street course when a piece of carbon fiber apparently sailed about 100 yards and struck her in the head during Sunday's race. The Tampa Bay Times reported Hoffstetter had a fractured skull. In

  • April Fools' Day 2015: The best pranks around the Web

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A look at some of the best April Fools' Day pranks making the rounds on the Web Wednesday.

  • No more 'no girls allowed' at Spike

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — With this week's premiere of a series based on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show feature of lip sync-dueling celebrities, the Spike television network is throwing open the door of its boys' clubhouse to women. Spike began 12 years ago with a laser-sharp focus of building an audience of young men, either in college or just out, and wound up doing it too well. And that's not as wise of a business plan as it used to be. The effort at broadening Spike's audience began subtly a few years ago and is now more overt. Spike just introduced a new logo designed to seem softer, a tagline — "the ones to watch" — aimed at a general audience and a show like "Lip Sync Battle" designed to be enjoyed by everyone. Back-to-back

  • Exhibit in ex-psychiatric ward celebrates Brazilian artist

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. When that didn't work, he'd sometimes rough up fellow inmates and snatch away their belongings. Bispo do Rosario, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, transformed virtually anything he could get his hands on — by any means possible — into art. And he did it for more than two decades, nearly unrecognized until the last years of his life. A new exhibition of his works has just opened the institution where he lived: a Rio de Janeiro psychiatric institution once notorious for rampant abuses.

  • Playwright David Adjmi wins New York infringement court case

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A playwright who was accused of copyright infringement by lawyers representing the TV show "Three's Company" over his parody of 1970s sitcoms has won a victory in court. Loretta A. Preska, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled Tuesday that David Adjmi, whose play "3C" had a run at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in 2012, is protected under the doctrine of fair use. "The play is a highly transformative parody of the television series that, although it appropriates a substantial amount of 'Three's Company,' is a drastic departure from the original that poses little risk to the market for the original," the judge wrote, noting that copyright law "is designed to fost

  • Ex-friend: Aaron Hernandez thought helicopters followed him

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A man who sued former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida has testified that Hernandez thought he was being followed by helicopters and that he was paranoid about his conversations being recorded. But the judge in Hernandez's Massachusetts murder trial ruled Wednesday that Alexander Bradley could not testify before a jury about that. Instead, Bradley was allowed to tell jurors about how Hernandez had said he had a difficult time trusting people, including his friends. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.