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Bulgarian poet Valeri Petrov dies

Bulgaria's most prominent poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee Valeri Petrov dies at 94
The Associated Press

SOFIA, Bulgaria - Valeri Petrov, Bulgaria's most prominent contemporary poet and a former Nobel Prize nominee who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, has died at age 94.

Petrov's family said he died Wednesday in a Sofia hospital following a stroke.

Valeri Nissim Mevorah, better known by his pen-name, Valeri Petrov, was born on April 22, 1920, in Sofia to a Jewish father and Bulgarian mother.

Besides poems, novels and translations from Russian, Italian and English, Petrov authored numerous film scripts and plays — both for adults and children.

CiCi Bellis, 15, youngest US Open winner since '96

Better than hanging out at the mall: 15-year-old Californian stuns major finalist at US Open
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.

Like many a teen, CiCi has strict rules for Dad in public — even if his 1,208th-ranked daughter is pulling out a back-and-forth 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory Tuesday over 12th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova in the first round at Flushing Meadows.

NY judge dismisses suit over 'Deep Throat' film

NY judge: Hollywood film about 'Deep Throat' porn star does not violate skin flick's copyright
Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A Manhattan judge has found a lot of differences between the porn classic "Deep Throat" and last year's Hollywood-produced biography of the world's first major porn star.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa tossed out a lawsuit brought by Arrow Productions Limited against the Weinstein Co. and other defendants in a written decision that was publicly released Tuesday.

NASCAR's Kenseth behind anti-bullying kids' book

NASCAR's Matt Kenseth and wife release anti-bullying children's book, plan more in series
Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Matt Kenseth, championship-winning race car driver, can now add a children's book to his resume.

ABC News makes changes at top broadcasts

ABC News makes leadership changes at top 2 broadcasts
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - ABC News is making leadership changes behind the scenes at its top two broadcasts.

The network announced Tuesday that Tom Cibrowski (sih-BROW-skee), the top executive behind "Good Morning America" as it passed by NBC's "Today" show in the ratings, will become a top deputy to news division President James Goldston. As senior vice-president of news programs, news gathering and special events, he'll report to Goldston and promote co-ordination at all of the network's broadcasts.

Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts

Buyout plan offered to Turner employees as broadcasting company looks to downsize
David Bauder, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS on Tuesday offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.

The offer went out to U.S.-based employees who are over 55 and have worked at the company for at least 10 years, excluding on-air talent and others with specific contracts. Some 9,000 of Turner's 13,000 employees are based in the United States.

Actor Alec Baldwin snags stray ball at US Open

He rocks! Actor Alec Baldwin snags a stray ball during Sharapova match at US Open
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Alec Baldwin took on a new role at the U.S. Open — the actor played a star athlete, snagging a stray ball that flew into the stands.

Baldwin was sitting in the front row behind the baseline Monday night when an out-of-bounds shot from Maria Kirilenko sailed over Maria Sharapova and bounced into the seats. He flawlessly fielded the ball on one hop.

Rare copy of Superman comic book fetches $3.2M

Rare copy of first comic book featuring Superman fetches $3.2M; NY dealers buy in eBay auction
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A rare, nearly flawless copy of Superman's comic-book debut has sold for a super-powered price: $3.2 million.

New York comics dealers Stephen Fishler and Vincent Zurzolo said Monday they submitted Sunday's record-setting bid in the eBay auction for Action Comics No. 1, the 1938 book in which the superhero first appeared. It's believed to be the highest price ever paid for a comic book, surpassing $2.1 million for a similarly high-quality copy of the same book in 2011.

Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb

Archaeologists enter large underground tomb in Greece; appears looted long ago
The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece - Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity.

Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough

Correction: Britain-Obit-Richard Attenborough story
The Associated Press

LONDON - Actor-director Richard Attenborough dies at 90

Richard Attenborough, British screen icon and director of 'Gandhi' dies at 90

By GREGORY KATZ and JAKE COYLE

Associated Press

Richard Attenborough was a lord, an Oscar-winning director for the much-lauded "Gandhi" and an unflagging pillar to British cinema. But Attenborough, who died Sunday at 90, was best known as Dickie.

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