Arts and entertainment
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."
The University Honors Program calls the class "Game of Thrones, Television and Medieval History" and students can take the course for honours credit, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1FZj88k ). The popular cable TV show, based on books by George R.R. Martin, is in its fifth season.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Taking a break from filmmaking, Peter Jackson has created a museum exhibition he hopes will broaden people's perception of World War I from monochrome to colour.
The first stage of the Great War Exhibition he unveiled Friday in Wellington features large colour images depicting life in the trenches and on the battlefields. The colour was added to real black-and-white photographs by artists at Jackson's visual-effects studio, Weta Digital.
BELLEVILLE, Wis. - Wisconsin-based outdoor apparel retailer Duluth Trading Co. has settled a lawsuit from Eagles founding member Don Henley alleging trademark infringement.
The musician filed the lawsuit in federal court after the company in October used the pun "Don a Henley and Take it easy" in an advertisement selling a shirt style known as a henley — a play on Henley's name and a title of a popular song by the classic rock band.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded, citing his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments."
"Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week. They say he's pushing "miracle" weight-loss supplements with no scientific proof that they work.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The force won't officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
The clip features the wreckage of a star destroyer, X-Wing battles, the Millennium Falcon in action, and a first look at Harrison Ford as Han Solo.
"Chewie, we're home," Solo says at the close of the brief teaser, prompting the audience to scream and applaud.
LONDON - Royal fans are ready to welcome Prince William and Kate's second child — a younger brother or sister to Prince George, whose birth two years ago whipped up a worldwide media frenzy.
As in 2013, the royals are keeping everyone guessing by disclosing virtually nothing about the baby — including the due date and gender.
If the bookies are to be believed, the baby will be a princess and she will be called Alice.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet.
Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It's the latest blow for the entertainment and technology company struggling to get past the attack, which the company estimates caused millions in damage.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Marion "Suge" Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges after the former rap music mogul struck two men with his pickup truck in January, killing one and seriously injuring the other.
Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen made the ruling Thursday after concluding a hearing that focused heavily on testimony from Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was hit outside a Compton burger stand. The judge also reduced bail from $25 million to $10 million.
PARIS - The late former editor of French weekly Charlie Hebdo condemns "Islamophobia" as thinly disguised racism in a posthumously published book that was completed two days before he was killed in France's worst terror attack in years.
OUARZAZATE, Morocco - "QUIET!" The cry rings out in English, French and Arabic across the cobblestoned streets of Jerusalem, as filming begins for a scene in the series "A.D. The Bible Continues."
But while the arched doorways, balconies and furnishings all say Roman-era Israel, the real-life setting is southern Morocco.