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Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Pop star Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 in Phoenix
Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colours burst?

NFL announced late Sunday — after rumours swirled for weeks — that the pop star will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It will air on NBC.

'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million

'Mockingjay, Part 1' opens with $123 million, down from 'Catching Fire' debut
Jake Coyle, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - "Mockingjay, Part 1" didn't catch fire like the last installment of "The Hunger Games," but it still set the highest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office.

Hamilton answers Rosberg in style to clinch title

Hamilton answers Rosberg in defiant style to clinch 2nd F1 title after winning Abu Dhabi GP
Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Lewis Hamilton answered Nico Rosberg's pre-race goading in defiant style, winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday as he clinched a second Formula One title and denied his brash-talking Mercedes teammate his first.

The days leading up to the race saw an upbeat Rosberg talking openly about how he fully intended to make Hamilton crack under pressure.

Monaco to celebrate birth of its royal twins

Monaco plans to celebrate birth of royal twins with church bells and cannon blasts
The Associated Press

PARIS - Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco are expecting twins next month, and the first one born will be the prince's royal heir.

The palace of the Riviera principality advised citizens on Saturday that the big moment, expected in December, will be celebrated with church bells ringing.

The palace says there will be 21 cannon shots for each baby and bells tolling for 15 minutes, followed by boat horns.

Woman on "My Five Wives" accuses father of abuse

Woman on reality show "My Five Wives" says her father sexually abused her as a child
Brady McCombs, The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY - A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah.

Rosemary Williams of "My Five Wives" on TLC says she was molested more than two decades ago by her father, Lynn A. Thompson, and published her claims in a blog. He is the leader of one of the largest organized polygamy groups in Utah, the Apostolic United Brethren, or AUB.

Shifting attitudes at play in Cosby allegations

Why now? Assault victim advocates point to shifting cultural attitudes in Cosby allegations
Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press

Tamra Wade struggled mightily over whether to go to the police more than a decade ago, when, she says, a trusted professor forced himself on her in an empty classroom. Ultimately she couldn't bring herself to do it.

But if it happened now, she says, she'd be a lot bolder — not just because she's older, but because she feels there's less of a stigma connected to being a victim of sexual assault.

Hitler watercolour sold for $162,000 at auction

Watercolor believed painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago sold at German auction for $162,000
The Associated Press

BERLIN - A watercolour of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday.

Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted bidders from four continents and went to a buyer from the Middle East. She declined to elaborate.

For 1 night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

For 1 night on Florida stage, Bill Cosby regains revered status as beloved comedian
Matt Sedensky, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Fla. - The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.

Statement: Bill Cosby's lawyer criticizes media

Statement: Cosby's lawyer criticizes media for reporting on accusations from years ago
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A statement issued Friday by Bill Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, in response to allegations of sexual assault against the comic:

"The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.

Bill Cosby controversy: A decade in the making

Timeline of sex assault allegations against Bill Cosby since they first became public in 2005
The Associated Press

The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here's how the controversy over the allegations, some dating to the 1960s, has unfolded since then:

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