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Japan's recovering crown princess attends banquet

Japan's recovering crown princess attends 1st royal banquet in 11 years, for Dutch couple
Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Japan's Crown Princess Masako attended a banquet for visiting Dutch royals on Wednesday in her first such appearance since developing a stress-related illness more than a decade ago.

Prince Charles makes first royal visit to Colombia

Prince Charles arrives to Colombia to kick off nine-day tour of Latin America
The Associated Press

BOGOTA - Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have arrived in Colombia's capital to kick off a nine-day tour of Latin America.

This is the first official visit ever by the Prince of Wales to the South American nation although he visited Cartagena as a naval officer in 1974.

Charles will again visit the former colonial citadel that British forces tried unsuccessfully to wrest from Spanish control in 1741. He'll also tour with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos the Macarena national park that was once a stronghold of Marxist rebels.

New book of Watergate tapes out next August

New book of Watergate tapes out next August, will focus on crucial year of 1973
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - More transcripts of White House tapes from the Richard Nixon administration will be published next August, focusing on 1973, the year the world learned the recordings existed.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Tuesday that the new book will be called "The Nixon Tapes: 1973" and will be edited and annotated by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter, who worked on last summer's bestseller, "The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972."

The new transcripts will capture a turning point for Nixon, who had been easily re-elected in 1972.

TV rollout planned for Bush book about his father

George W. Bush to make several TV appearances as he promotes book about his father
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former President George W. Bush will be back in the public eye as he promotes "41," his upcoming book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

Bruno Mars joins Rock in Rio; Vegas venue revealed

Bruno Mars joins Rock in Rio USA lineup as organizers offer glimpse of festival's Vegas venue
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - MGM Resorts International and the organizers of Rock in Rio USA announced additions to the music festival's lineup Monday and offered a glimpse of what to expect when the event comes to Las Vegas next year.

Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran will join Taylor Swift, Metallica and No Doubt performing on the main stage during the festival, which takes place May 8-9 and May 15-16. Singer Joss Stone also is slated to perform.

Cardinals stunned by Taveras' death

Cardinals stunned by Oscar Taveras's death in car accident in Dominican Republic
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was levelled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras.

Series TV rating sinks for Game 4, then rebounds

World Series television rating sinks for Game 4, then rebounds for Game 5
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The television rating for Game 4 between San Francisco and Kansas City dropped to a 6.3, a low for this year's World Series, then rebounded to a 7.3 in Game 5 as the Giants took a 3-2 lead.

San Francisco's 11-4 win in the fourth game drew 10.7 million viewers on Saturday night, according to fast national ratings from Nielsen Media Research announced by Fox on Monday. Saturday traditionally is a night when fewer people are watching television.

Russian crooner sings in Ukraine with rebel leader

Famous Russian crooner visits rebel-held eastern Ukraine, sings duet with separatist leader
Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press

DONETSK, Ukraine - In defiance of Ukraine, a revered Soviet-era crooner has travelled from Russia to the rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine to perform in support of separatists fighting the Ukrainian government.

Ukraine had warned 77-year-old Iosif Kobzon, a Russian singer and lawmaker who has publicly supported the pro-Russia separatists, that he would not be allowed to enter the country.

Prosecutors say will appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius case: Prosecutors say they will appeal verdict and sentence
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case said Monday they will file appeal papers in the next few days against the verdict and sentence after the Olympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide and given a five-year prison term for killing his girlfriend.

The decision by South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority could see Pistorius face a murder conviction again for shooting Reeva Steenkamp and, if found guilty on the appeal, a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Prosecutors say will appeal Pistorius verdict

Oscar Pistorius case: Prosecutors say they will appeal verdict and sentence
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius case said Monday they will file appeal papers in the next few days against the verdict and sentence after the Olympic runner was convicted of culpable homicide and given a five-year prison term for killing his girlfriend.

The decision by South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority could see Pistorius face a murder conviction again for shooting Reeva Steenkamp and, if found guilty on the appeal, a minimum of 15 years in prison.

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