Arts and entertainment
SAN FRANCISCO - A co-host of the HGTV show "Curb Appeal" has been killed in a motorcycle accident in San Francisco.
The San Francisco medical examiner identified 38-year-old Bill Beckwith as the victim of a crash near the city's Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood Monday night. He was riding a motorcycle that was struck by a car.
Beckwith was one of the three hosts of "Curb Appeal," which features home renovations. He was a carpenter and general contractor who grew up on a farm in Maine and owned his own Bay Area construction business.
ATLANTA - Atlanta-based rapper Gucci Mane is facing federal firearms charges after authorities say he was twice found in possession of guns.
The U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta said Tuesday that Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Prosecutors say Davis, who is 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury Nov. 19.
MOSCOW - Bolshoi dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in an acid attack on the ballet's artistic director, after a trial that at times made it seem as if the victim was the one in the dock.
Over the course of the month-long trial, dancers lined up either to defend Sergei Filin, who lost much of his sight as a result of the attack, or condemn him as the source of vicious backstage bickering.
Production on "Fast & Furious 7" is on hold following the death of star Paul Walker.
Shooting on the film had been scheduled to resume this week in Atlanta but was cancelled Monday and Tuesday.
A spokesman for Universal Pictures declined to say when shooting will resume.
Production on the latest installment of the franchise began in September.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Look alive, selfie. There's another word of the year that's not all about you.
While Oxford University Press, the British publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, declared those little smartphone self-portraits its winner last month, the folks at Merriam-Webster announced "science" on Tuesday.
BERLIN - German police say they have developed software that can automatically identify banned neo-Nazi music.
Certain extremist music is banned for public sale or performance in Germany, but the far-right still regularly attempts to skirt the regulations with concerts to attract and recruit young people.
Saxony police spokeswoman Kathlen Zink said Tuesday the new software will help officers determine if the music played or sold at such concerts matches banned songs.
PARIS - French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
The charges of "public insult and inciting hate" were filed against the musician in mid-November, Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Tuesday.
They stem from a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France over remarks in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine in September 2012.
BERLIN - A bestselling German satirical novel about Adolf Hitler's reappearance 66 years after the end of World War II is to be turned into a movie.
The book "Er ist Wieder Da" has become a surprise success since it was published last year, selling more than 1.3 million printed and electronic copies despite fact that it deals with a touchy subject for many Germans.
In the book the Nazi leader awakens in modern-day Berlin and becomes the star of a TV comedy show.
An English-language version is to be released in April under the title "Look Who's Back."
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Pay TV customers who are used to watching fewer ads on on-demand shows may have to put up with longer commercial breaks.
Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable TV provider, says it is testing out a system with its NBCUniversal subsidiary to use full commercial loads on older episodes — while disabling fast-forwarding of ads — if consumers watch them within three days after a new episode airs.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The neighbourhood where "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker died in a one-car crash is known to attract street racers, according to law enforcement officials.
Walker and his friend and fellow fast-car enthusiast Roger Rodas died Saturday when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were travelling in smashed into a light pole and tree.