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Graffiti boom born in tragedy brightens up Colombia capital

Legalized graffiti boom born from tragedy brightens up Colombia's grey capital
Jacobo Garcia, The Associated Press

BOGOTA - A vibrant stream of giant murals greets people heading in from Bogota's main airport or walking down the cobblestone streets of colonial downtown.

Stencils of pineapple-shaped grenades and AK-47 rifles arranged in a rainfall formation allude to Colombia's violent politics. Monkeys and butterflies spray-painted in bright colours pay homage to the country's natural beauty and provide welcome relief amid the Andean capital's grey skies and monochromatic red brick architecture.

Judge: Prosecutors to rest case against Aaron Hernandez soon

Judge: Prosecutors to rest murder case against ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez soon
The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - The judge overseeing the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez says prosecutors are "about a week or so" away from resting their case against the former New England Patriots player.

The trial has already gone on for eight weeks.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh also said Wednesday that she'll allow some jailhouse conversations to be used in his case.

Picasso valued at $140M heading to NYC auction

Picasso masterpiece heading to NYC auction, pre-sale estimate $140 million
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A radiant masterpiece by Pablo Picasso from the 1950s will lead an auction in May where it could top $140 million.

"Women of Algiers (Version O)" will be offered at Christie's on May 11.

The vibrantly colorful 1955 painting features a scantily attired female in the foreground amid a jumble of smaller female nudes. The central figure is Picasso's muse Jacqueline Roque, who became his second wife in 1961.

Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel

Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel, 'Go Set a Watchman'
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

Iran film portrays the Prophet Muhammad, drawing criticism

Offering glimpses of the Prophet Muhammad, Iranian film latest to test taboo on depicting him
Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press

ALLAHYAR, Iran - Here in this Persian replica of Mecca, built at the cost of millions of dollars, an Iranian film company is attempting to offer the world a literal glimpse of the Prophet Muhammad despite traditional taboos against it.

'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

'Mad Men' star Jon Hamm undergoes alcohol addiction treatment, actor's spokeswoman says
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A spokeswoman for "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm says the actor recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction.

Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday.

The couple asks for privacy and sensitivity, the statement said. No further details were provided.

Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery to reduce cancer risk
Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

LONDON - Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

Writing in The New York Times, the filmmaker and philanthropist said a recent blood test showed a possible early sign of cancer. The news was a blow to the star who had already had a double mastectomy.

Ex-NFL star Sharper to plead guilty in Vegas sex assault

Ex-NFL star Sharper to plead guilty in Vegas sex assault case as part of deal in 4 states
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Former NFL star Darren Sharper told a Las Vegas judge he'll plead guilty to a felony sex assault charge as part of a plea deal in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.

A lawyer for the former all-pro safety appeared Tuesday in a Las Vegas courtroom, while Sharper appeared through an Internet hookup from a courtroom in Los Angeles, where he's jailed.

James Corden plays nice in bow as 'Late Late Show' host

James Corden plays it nice in 'Late Late Show' debut; Streep, Hanks and tough love from Leno
Lynn Elber, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - James Corden began his foray as the "Late Late Show" host with a schoolboy's giggle and a bid to endear himself to viewers as a nice English bloke looking for a little American TV love.

Guests Tom Hanks and Mila Kunis joined the cause Monday, with videotaped cameos from celebrities including Meryl Streep, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno.

"I know what you're thinking: 'Oh, look, Andy Richter's got his own show,'" Corden said as he strode onto the CBS Television City stage.

Cousin of Aaron Hernandez takes stand in his murder trial

Cousin of ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez takes stand in murder trial, got immunity to testify
The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has taken the stand to testify in his murder trial.

Jennifer Mercado was granted immunity from prosecution before being called to testify Tuesday.

Hernandez is charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

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