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400-year-old books stolen in Italy are found in California

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say. The books, “Stirpium Historiae” and “Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601,” were taken from Italy’s Historical [...]

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Stolen statue, painting returned to Italian government in NY

  NEW YORK (AP) — Decades after being stolen in Italy, an ancient statuette and an 18th-century painting were returned to the country’s government Tuesday after turning up in New York. The handover marked the latest case of U.S. authorities helping Italy and other countries reclaim what they see as cultural patrimony. “For decades, two significant pieces [...]

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London Fashion Week kicks off, hot on heels of New York

LONDON (AP) — It’s time to kick off those snow boots and pack the brolly. After battling sub-zero temperatures at New York Fashion Week, fashionistas are decamping to London for another whirlwind week of catwalk shows, champagne and parties. The London event, which opens Friday, features new designs from almost 80 designers, including from powerhouses [...]

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Weird and wonderful NY Fashion Week moments

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s the thing about holding Fashion Week in February: No one really talks about the clothes — they’re too busy talking about the weather. This year, it was even colder than usual, which meant even more painful moments slip-sliding along icy streets and shivering one’s you-know-what off waiting for someone to [...]

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London Fashion Week Day 2: Sequins, retro looks, Cinderella

LONDON (AP) — London Fashion Week entered Day 2 on Saturday, featuring dozens of new designs — from dramatic, conceptual creations by Gareth Pugh, to more wearable pieces by Julien Macdonald and Emilia Wickstead.Here are some highlights from the day: ___ CROWN JEWELS AT JULIEN MACDONALD Julien Macdonald isn’t one to skimp on glamour, but [...]

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Dozens of A-listers take a casual day for Oscar rehearsals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Less than 24 hours before the super-fancy Oscar ceremony, it was jeans-and-sneakers day at the Dolby Theatre. Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Aniston, Liam Neeson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Watts, Kevin Hart, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana were among the casually-clad stars rehearsing for the Academy Awards Saturday, while Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Marion [...]

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A show about ‘nothing:’ famed Iranian artist makes US debut

  WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli has built a successful career around the concept of nothing. Tanavoli creates sculptures of the word “heech,” which means “nothing” in Persian. The abstract shapes he fashions using Iran’s centuries-old calligraphic nastaliq script have cemented his reputation as the father of modern Iranian art. Tanavoli’s first [...]

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NSU alumna to have her first solo art exhibition in Brooklyn

  Stephanie Kiah, a Brooklyn-based fine artist and Norfolk State alumna, will have the opening of her first solo gallery art exhibition in a Brooklyn, NY gallery on Feb. 12. She is a 2009 NSU graduate with a B.A. in Fine Arts. The exhibition titled “On Earth & Above” will be on display from Feb. [...]

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Monet means money: Auction nets record $280 million total

  LONDON (AP) — A Venetian waterscape by Claude Monet has sold for more than $35 million at a London auction as the high-end art market shows resilience in a bumpy global economy. “Le Grand Canal,” fetched 23.7 million pounds ($35.6 million) at Sotheby’s, though it didn’t reach the top of its pre-sale estimate of [...]

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Timberland sever ties with A.P.C. for using “N-word”

  PARIS (AP) — Capping the Paris fashion season with a dose of controversy, French menswear company APC apologized for using a racist slur in a show last week — prompting collaborator, shoe giant Timberland, to sever all ties. APC house founder Jean Touitou told The Associated Press on Thursday that he spoke “recklessly” by using the [...]

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Naomi Campbell steals show at couture as Bruni is mobbed

  PARIS (AP) — Singer Carla Bruni, actress Catherine Deneuve and burlesque performer Dita Von Teese were among regulars attending the spectacular displays at Paris’ haute couture week Wednesday. Sophie Hunter, the fiancée of Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, meanwhile, caused much fracas when she attended Valentino hiding her baby bump. But it was surely Naomi Campbell [...]

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