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