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AP Source: NFL stadium sites explored in Toronto

Person close to situation: Bon Jovi group studied Toronto sites; to meet with NY developers
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said.

Knoblauch charged with assaulting ex-wife

Retired baseball star Chuck Knoblauch charged with assaulting ex-wife
The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanour assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

His latest run-in with the law prompted the Minnesota Twins to cancel Knoblauch's induction ceremony into the Twins Hall of Fame that was scheduled for Aug. 23.

Man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for $5M violin theft

Milwaukee man gets 3 1/2 years in prison for role in theft of $5M Stradivarius violin
The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - A Milwaukee man who provided the stun gun used in the theft of a $5 million Stradivarius violin in January was sentenced Thursday to 3 1/2 years in prison.

Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to being party to felony robbery, a charge with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. His attorney and family asked for leniency, noting that Allah loaned the weapon but didn't participate in the attack.

Malkovich, Cumberbatch make Comic-Con premieres

Malkovich, Cumberbatch introduce their animated DreamWorks characters at Comic-Con
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch each made their Comic-Con debuts — as themselves and as their first animated characters.

The two actors were in San Diego Thursday to offer an early look at DreamWorks Animation's "Penguins of Madagascar," a sequel to 2012's "Madagascar 3."

They revealed they'd only just met one day earlier. Each did their voice-recording sessions alone in a sound booth while making the film.

'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape

'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape - and death for some characters
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - "Under the Dome" is broadening its scope.

At a Comic-Con panel Thursday, "Under the Dome" star Mike Vogel teased the possibility of some of the characters leaving the impenetrable dome that encompasses the town of Chester's Mill, Maine, on the TV drama.

Lawyers working to resolve LaBeouf's NYC arrest

Lawyers say they're working to resolve actor LaBeouf's NYC disorderly conduct case
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Lawyers say they are trying to resolve Shia LaBeouf's disorderly conduct case stemming from an incident at a Broadway show last month.

Prosecutors and LaBeouf's lawyer told a judge Thursday that they're exploring an agreement to resolve the case.

LaBeouf was arrested after he allegedly disrupted a performance of "Cabaret" starring Alan Cumming. He is due back in court Sept. 10.

The actor and his lawyer, G. Robert Gage, declined to comment as they left court amid a swarm of cameras and microphones.

London critics fall for 'Shakespeare in Love'

Stage to screen journey turns out to be a dream for 'Shakespeare in Love'
Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

LONDON - A hit. A very palpable hit.

So says a character in the new West End production "Shakespeare in Love," quoting "Hamlet." And so say most London critics about the stage version of the Tudor-set rom-com that charmed its way to seven Academy Awards in 1998.

More works found at German collector's apartment

More works found at German collector Gurlitt's apartment, including possible Degas sculpture
Geir Moulson, The Associated Press

BERLIN - More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt, including a sculpture apparently by Edgar Degas and another that could be by Auguste Rodin, the task force investigating the pieces' origin said Thursday.

A "small number" of further works was found at Gurlitt's apartment by officials securing his estate, the task force said in a statement. It declined to elaborate on the number.

UK: Former reporter sentenced for phone hacking

Former British tabloid reporter sentenced for hacking celebrities' voicemails
The Associated Press

LONDON - A former British tabloid reporter has been given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for hacking the phones of celebrities including model Kate Moss and James Bond star Daniel Craig.

Dan Evans was sentenced Thursday at London's Old Bailey in the latest episode of the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

Hall of Famer Jim Brown sues over title ring

Hall of Famer Jim Brown sues in New York over 1964 title ring; auction underway
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown — running out of time to retrieve his 1964 NFL championship ring — has sued a memorabilia dealer.

The 78-year-old Los Angeles resident filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against Lelands.com and Lelands Collectibles Inc.

The lawsuit seeks to halt the sale of the ring in an online auction that ends Friday. It also seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks that Lelands' founder, Joshua Evans, made about Brown.

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