Arts and entertainment
PHILADELPHIA - You're a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you're leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What's a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?
Bring on the rocket cats!
LONDON - Britain's Prince Harry is launching the "Invictus Games," a new sporting event for wounded, injured and sick service personnel.
Inspired by a visit to the Warrior Games in the United States, Harry described the Paralympic-style competition as "such a good idea by the Americans that it had to be stolen."
He told reporters Thursday seen "how the power of sport can positively impact the lives of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women."
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's film board has banned the screening of director Lars von Trier's movie "Nymphomaniac Volume 1" at cinemas in the country because of the film's sex scenes.
Cem Erkul, who heads the Cinema General Directorate, said Wednesday the eight-member board voted 6-2 this week that the film is "pushing the boundaries of porn" and unfit for public viewing.
The film was due to be released this month.
Erkul said it decided against censoring the sex scenes from the movie because there were too many to cut out.
HAMDEN, Conn. - Dr. Sherwin Nuland, a medical ethicist who opposed assisted suicide and wrote an award-winning book about death called "How We Die," has died at age 83.
He died of prostate cancer on Monday at his home in Hamden, Connecticut, said his daughter Amelia Nuland, who recalled how he told her he wasn't ready for death because he loved life.
"He told me, 'I'm not scared of dying, but I've built such a beautiful life, and I'm not ready to leave it,'" she said Tuesday.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie "12 Years a Slave."
In a Jan. 20, 1853, article, the Times misspelled Solomon Northup's surname as Northrop and as Northrup.
The Times corrected Northup's name on Tuesday, after the errors were pointed out by someone looking at its archives.
WASHINGTON - It's been a long, snowy winter, but Washington's fabled cherry blossom trees are a hardy bunch and their blooming is right around the corner.
The famous trees are expected to bring the first sure sign of spring April 8-12, when they're predicted to reach peak bloom, the National Park Service said Tuesday.
SCHODACK, N.Y. - A lawyer says a drunken-driving charge against 1970s U.S. teen heartthrob David Cassidy has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanour and returned to a court for resolution.
Cassidy was pulled over in the New York town of Schodack and charged with driving while intoxicated in August.
The charge was a felony because Cassidy has a 2011 driving-under-the-influence conviction in his home state of Florida.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.
NEWARK, N.J. - Husband-and-wife members of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" cast have pleaded guilty to fraud.
Teresa and Giuseppe "Joe" Giudice arrived at the federal courthouse in Newark on Tuesday without speaking to reporters. They each pleaded guilty to several counts including bankruptcy fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and failing to pay taxes.
AMSTERDAM - Iranian pop star Googoosh has released a video that addresses homosexual love — a major gesture by one of the country's top cultural figures in exile — causing a stir in the Islamic republic, where the topic is taboo and being convicted of homosexuality can carry the death penalty.