Arts and entertainment
BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.
HOUSTON - Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanour assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.
Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.
His latest run-in with the law prompted the Minnesota Twins to cancel Knoblauch's induction ceremony into the Twins Hall of Fame that was scheduled for Aug. 23.
MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man who provided the stun gun used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison.
Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery, a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. His attorney and family asked for leniency, noting that Allah loaned the weapon but didn't participate in the attack.
SAN DIEGO - John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch each made their Comic-Con debuts — as themselves and as their first animated characters.
The two actors were in San Diego Thursday to offer an early look at DreamWorks Animation's "Penguins of Madagascar," a sequel to 2012's "Madagascar 3."
They revealed they'd only just met one day earlier. Each did their voice-recording sessions alone in a sound booth while making the film.
SAN DIEGO - "Under the Dome" is broadening its scope.
At a Comic-Con panel Thursday, "Under the Dome" star Mike Vogel teased the possibility of some of the characters leaving the impenetrable dome that encompasses the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, on the TV drama.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Lawyers say they are trying to resolve Shia LaBeouf's disorderly conduct case stemming from an incident at a Broadway show last month.
Prosecutors and LaBeouf's lawyer told a judge Thursday that they're exploring an agreement to resolve the case.
LaBeouf was arrested after he allegedly disrupted a performance of "Cabaret" starring Alan Cumming. He is due back in court Sept. 10.
The actor and his lawyer, G. Robert Gage, declined to comment as they left court amid a swarm of cameras and microphones.
LONDON - A hit. A very palpable hit.
So says a character in the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love," quoting "Hamlet." And so say most London critics about the stage version of the Tudor-set rom-com that charmed its way to seven Academy Awards in 1998.
BERLIN - More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces' origin said Thursday.
A "small number" of further works was found at Gurlitt's apartment by officials securing his estate, the task force said in a statement. It declined to elaborate on the number.
LONDON - A former British tabloid reporter has been given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for hacking the phones of celebrities including model Kate Moss and James Bond star Daniel Craig.
Dan Evans was sentenced Thursday at London's Old Bailey in the latest episode of the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown — running out of time to retrieve his 1964 NFL championship ring — has sued a memorabilia dealer.
The 78-year-old Los Angeles resident filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against Lelands.com and Lelands Collectibles Inc.
The lawsuit seeks to halt the sale of the ring in an online auction that ends Friday. It also seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks that Lelands' founder, Joshua Evans, made about Brown.