Arts and entertainment
SANTA ANA, Calif. - An aspiring model and a private pilot, both from Canada, have been arrested on federal drug charges in Southern California after authorities say they arrived from Las Vegas in a private jet carrying drugs worth roughly $2 million.
Krista Marieann Boseley, 30, of Vancouver, British Columbia, and her travelling companion, Gilles Lapointe, 61, were arrested Oct. 9 at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, according to federal court documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.
CHICAGO - George Lucas is filling in some details on his planned art and movie memorabilia museum, including how the California native settled on Chicago as a location over San Francisco.
It was his wife's idea.
The "Star Wars" creator told the Chicago Ideas Week forum on Friday that wife Mellody Hobson, a Chicago native and prominent businesswoman, had enough after four years of what he described as "doodling around" by San Francisco.
"Don't worry. I'll talk to the mayor. I'm sure he'll love it," she told him, according to Lucas.
PARIS - A controversial green art installation on Paris' tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight.
The inflatable sculpture called "Tree" vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for others, including its creator, the artist Paul McCarthy, a giant anal sex toy.
Guide wires holding the sculpture in place were severed by vandals sometime overnight, according to French media reports. The sculpture was deflated and folded up on Saturday.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Just as Drake appeared to draw the biggest cheers at Big Blue Madness, the rapper introduced Kentucky coach John Calipari and the noise then became a roar.
The Wildcats men's team gave a sold-out Rupp Arena crowd plenty more reasons to cheer with a fast-paced and sometimes-physical scrimmage Friday night that figures to ratchet expectations for a ninth national championship.
TALLADEGA, Ala. - Strolling through airports, Michael Waltrip is no longer recognized primarily as the driver who won a pair of Daytona 500s.
Now, he's the dancing guy.
For this weekend, Waltrip will be both driver and dancer, going back and forth from Talladega Superspeedway to a nearby YMCA to practice the Argentine tango for the TV show "Dancing With the Stars."
BUFFALO, N.Y. - An exhibit honouring the late Tim Russert is opening in the hometown of the long-time moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press."
The exhibit titled, "Inside Tim Russert's Office," opens Friday at the Buffalo History Museum. It shows Russert's Washington, D.C., bureau office much as it did on June 13, 2008, the day he died of a heart attack at age 58 while recording voiceovers for his next show.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.
The life sentence imposed by Circuit Judge Russell Healey was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty.
LONDON - U2 singer Bono says his ever-present sunglasses are not a rock-star affectation — he has suffered from glaucoma for 20 years.
The condition — a buildup of pressure that can damage the optic nerve — can make the eyes sensitive to light.
Bono told the BBC's "Graham Norton Show" that he had the condition, but "I have good treatments and I am going to be fine."
He said people would now think of him as "poor old blind Bono."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Harry Shearer is hardly the first person to mine comedy from the rich vein where Richard Nixon shines.
But no one has done it more faithfully than Shearer, who, in his new series, mimics Nixon unimpeachably while re-enacting real-life scenes as the man known to detractors as Tricky Dick — all to hilarious effect.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial urged the judge on Friday to send the Olympic athlete to prison for at least 10 years, calling it the minimum acceptable term and noting the horrific nature of the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp.