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Smith’s ‘Focus’ tops box office with $19.1 million

March 2, 2015 NEW YORK — Will Smith’s con-man caper “Focus” disrobed “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the box office, but the film’s modest $19. more »»

Disabled rockers to compete in contest

March 2, 2015 HELSINKI — Four punk rockers with learning disabilities will compete for Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest semifinal after winning the Nordic country’s national qualifying contest. more »»

Artwork stolen from Chinese museum

March 2, 2015 PARIS — French cultural officials say 15 pieces of art have been stolen from a Chinese museum south of Paris, including a replica crown of the King of Siam given to France’s emperor in the mid-19th... more »»

Dress resembling stolen Nyong’o gown found

March 1, 2015 LOS ANGELES — A white dress that strongly resembles the custom gown taken from Lupita Nyong’o’s hotel room earlier this week turned up Friday under a bathroom sink in the same hotel, a Los Angeles... more »»

Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal, dies

March 1, 2015 ANKARA, Turkey — Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey’s best-known novelists whose focus on social injustices brought him into conflict with authority, died in Istanbul on Saturday. He was 91. more »»

Spanish police arrest 9 for selling fake art

March 1, 2015 MADRID — Spanish police have broken up a gang that allegedly created and then sold fake works of art purporting to be by renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Joan Miro. more »»

Morocco reports six-fold spike in filming

March 1, 2015 TANGIERS, Morocco — Morocco saw a six-fold increase in the amount of money foreign film companies spent in the country to make movies, the head of the film commission said Saturday. more »»

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock, dies

February 28, 2015 LOS ANGELES — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" — an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that... more »»

Bill Cosby asks judge to dismiss 3 accusers’ defamation suit

February 28, 2015 BOSTON — Bill Cosby’s lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses. more »»

Sawyer does prime-time prison special

February 27, 2015 NEW YORK — For her first big assignment after leaving as ABC "World News Tonight" anchor, Diane Sawyer went behind bars. more »»

Lupita Nyong'o’s $150K dress stolen

February 27, 2015 LOS ANGELES — A $150,000 gown adorned with thousands of pearls and worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Academy Awards has been reported stolen, sheriff's officials said Thursday. more »»

Conan O’Brien takes his show to Cuba for a special hour

February 27, 2015 NEW YORK — On Wednesday’s show, Conan O’Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour (11 p. more »»

State Symphony of Mexico at Stephens Auditorium

February 26, 2015 Supported by Ames International Orchestra Festival Association and by the Ames Commission on the Arts The State Symphony of Mexico with pianist Irina Chistiakova will perform at 7:30 p.m. more »»

Publishers say they stand by Fox's O'Reilly

February 26, 2015 NEW YORK — Bill O'Reilly's book publishers say they stand behind the Fox News Channel host's work despite questions that have been raised about his reporting. more »»

‘The Spy Who Killed Me’ at the Cedar Rapids Clarion

February 26, 2015 “The Spy Who Killed Me,” runs through March 28 at the Cedar Rapids Clarion Hotel and Convention Center. Shows are Feb. 21 and 28 and March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Seating starts at 6 p.m.; show at 6:30 p.m. more »»

Lady Gaga joining 'American Horror Story'

February 26, 2015 NEW YORK — TV is Lady Gaga's new platform: After an impressive performance at the Oscars, the singer announced she will join the cast of "American Horror Story. more »»

ISU Theatre commemorates end of Civil War

February 26, 2015 April 2015 marks the Sesquicentennial of the ending of the Civil War, the great defining event of the nation’s history in the nineteenth century. more »»

Texas paid $2.2 million for Garcia Marquez archive

February 26, 2015 AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas’ literary archive said Wednesday it paid $2. more »»

Michigan museum holds treasure trove of automotive history

February 26, 2015 CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Behind the brick walls of a nondescript building in Chesterfield Township a treasure trove of automotive history awaits. more »»

One-Woman Play at Iowa State University

February 26, 2015 “One Drop of Love,” a multimedia solo performance by actress Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, will take place at ISU on March 1. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. more »»

Unique sound of STOMP returns to Stephens

February 26, 2015 STOMP, the international percussion sensation, returns to Ames at 7:30 p.m. on March 4 and 5 at Stephens Auditoriu. more »»



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