Arts and entertainment
GLASGOW, Scotland - The 20th Commonwealth Games get underway on Wednesday with an opening ceremony which will also serve as a fundraiser for the children's charity UNICEF.
Former 007 Roger Moore, a UNICEF ambassador, was on hand Tuesday to add a touch of James Bond to the occasion.
LONDON - Actress Freida Pinto of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame has joined forces with girls' rights campaigners in calling for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation.
The Indian actress, an ambassador for an international children's development organization, called Tuesday for more progress to abolish the practice as she addressed Britain's inaugural "Girl Summit."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Comic-Con attendees will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to enter the mind of Professor X.
Fox has created an "X-Men"-themed virtual reality stunt especially for the pop-culture convention, which kicks off Thursday in San Diego. The interactive experience uses the Oculus Rift VR headset to simulate the fictional Cerebro technology used to track down mutants by the character portrayed by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the "X-Men" films.
LONDON - The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.
What's all the fuss about? A little boy who will be king.
Prince George turns 1 on Tuesday. While he may be too young to appreciate it, the milestone is a national event.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is due back in court for a status hearing in his Massachusetts murder case.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.
Lloyd, of Boston, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Two friends of Hernandez's from Bristol, Connecticut, also have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the case.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The National Baseball Hall of Fame says next month's gala concert featuring the Boston Pops and Paul Simon has been cancelled. No reason was given.
The Aug. 2 event was to have been part of the museum's 75th anniversary celebration.
The Hall of Fame said Monday that LGH19 Productions has asked ticket holders to go to www.cooperstownconcert.com for more information. Hall spokesman Brad Horn is referring questions to LGH19 Production.
Attempts to reach the promoter for comment were unsuccessful.
LONDON - The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheik," had lied under oath.
The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had caught Tulisa Contostavlos acting as go-between in a deal to sell cocaine to a reporter posing as a film producer.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - When it comes to designing the highly coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Fittingly, the building where Mattel's dreamers conceive of their limited-edition playthings is just down the street from the Los Angeles International Airport.
MOSCOW - Another sports power couple's engagement is off.
Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about.
That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
"We haven't found in the last two years a group of kids who've captured the imagination of the public," he said.
Rice went on to say that "American Idol," launching its 14th season next year, is "aging gracefully."