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Northern Illinois University offers 'Game of Thrones' course

Northern Illinois University offers honours course on 'Game of Thrones'
The Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

The University Honors Program calls the class "Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History" and students can take the course for honours credit, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported ( ). The popular cable TV show, based on books by George R.R. Martin, is in its fifth season.

Director Peter Jackson unveils WWI exhibition in New Zealand

Film director Peter Jackson unveils World War I museum exhibition in New Zealand
Nick Perry, The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Taking a break from filmmaking, Peter Jackson has created a museum exhibition he hopes will broaden people's perception of World War I from monochrome to colour.

The first stage of the Great War Exhibition he unveiled Friday in Wellington features large colour images depicting life in the trenches and on the battlefields. The colour was added to real black-and-white photographs by artists at Jackson's visual-effects studio, Weta Digital.

Wisconsin-based company settles suit filed by Eagles member

Wisconsin-based Duluth Trading Co. settles lawsuit over use of Don Henley's name, Eagles song
The Associated Press

BELLEVILLE, Wis. - Wisconsin-based outdoor apparel retailer Duluth Trading Co. has settled a lawsuit from Eagles founding member Don Henley alleging trademark infringement.

The musician filed the lawsuit in federal court after the company in October used the pun "Don a Henley and Take it easy" in an advertisement selling a shirt style known as a henley — a play on Henley's name and a title of a popular song by the classic rock band.

Physicians want Dr. Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty

Physicians want Dr. Mehmet Oz gone from Columbia medical faculty, say he lacks integrity
Verena Dobnik, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."

"Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. They say he's pushing "miracle" weight-loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.

New 'Star Wars' teaser, cast information revealed at event

Director debuts 2nd teaser for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens;' cast members make appearances
Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The force won't officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

The clip features the wreckage of a star destroyer, X-Wing battles, the Millennium Falcon in action, and a first look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

"Chewie, we're home," Solo says at the close of the brief teaser, prompting the audience to scream and applaud.

5 things to know about the new royal baby

Royal baby mania returns: Britain ready to welcome William and Kate's second child
Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press

LONDON - Royal fans are ready to welcome Prince William and Kate's second child — a younger brother or sister to Prince George, whose birth two years ago whipped up a worldwide media frenzy.

As in 2013, the royals are keeping everyone guessing by disclosing virtually nothing about the baby — including the due date and gender.

If the bookies are to be believed, the baby will be a princess and she will be called Alice.

WikiLeaks creates online archive of hacked Sony documents

WikiLeaks puts all emails, documents from last year's Sony hack in searchable online archive
Mae Anderson, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It's the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company struggling to get past the attack, which the company estimates caused millions in damage.

Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight to stand trial on murder charge

Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight will stand trial on murder, attempted-murder charges in hit-and-run
Brian Melley And Raquel Maria Dillon, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Marion "Suge" Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges after the former rap music mogul struck two men with his pickup truck in January, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen made the ruling Thursday after concluding a hearing that focused heavily on testimony from Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was hit outside a Compton burger stand. The judge also reduced bail from $25 million to $10 million.

Posthumous book by Charlie Hebdo chief slams 'Islamophobia'

Posthumous book by Charlie Hebdo editor takes on 'Islamophobia' as thinly veiled racism
The Associated Press

PARIS - The late former editor of French weekly Charlie Hebdo condemns "Islamophobia" as thinly disguised racism in a posthumously published book that was completed two days before he was killed in France's worst terror attack in years.

Bible stories and thrillers make Morocco filming choice

Bible stories and thrillers boost Morocco filming but still competition from other nations
Paul Schemm, The Associated Press

OUARZAZATE, Morocco - "QUIET!" The cry rings out in English, French and Arabic across the cobblestoned streets of Jerusalem, as filming begins for a scene in the series "A.D. The Bible Continues."

But while the arched doorways, balconies and furnishings all say Roman-era Israel, the real-life setting is southern Morocco.

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