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Photos: Crisis in Syria

UN experts are investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria as the U.S. and allies prepare for the possibility of a punitive strike against President Assad's regime.…

GameStop Expo offers taste of next-gen games

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Inside the massive complex on the Las Vegas Strip that houses the glitzy Venetian casino and Sands convention center, amid a soundscape of conflicting noises, thousands of players are mashing buttons while staring intently…

Voight worked for scale for ‘Midnight Cowboy’ role

NEW YORK (AP) — It was Jon Voight’s portrayal of male prostitute Joe Buck in the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” that put him on the path to becoming an acting legend. Now he says he was paid a…

Liberace’s one-time Vegas mansion sells for $500K

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion once owned by Liberace was sold for $500,000 in cash to a British businessman who said he learned to play the piano after being inspired by the flamboyant performer.…

James Spader cast as villain in ‘Avengers’ sequel

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Avengers” sequel has its villain. Marvel announced Thursday that James Spader will play Ultron in its “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the comics, the character is a robot with artificial intelligence. “Age of…

Fergie gives birth to baby boy Axl Jack Duhamel

NEW YORK (AP) — Fergie is a proud mother. A representative for the singer says she gave birth to 7-pound, 10-ounce Axl Jack Duhamel on Thursday. Axl Jack is Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel’s first child. The 38-year-old…

Fall Movies Preview: Worlds to be immersed in

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks didn’t know where the cameras were. “Captain Phillips,” a based-on-a-true-story tale about a cargo ship taken by Somali pirates, was Hanks’ first time working with Paul Greengrass, the “United 93″ and “Bourne…

Japanese film highlights film industry absurdity

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Japanese director Sion Sono wants to set the records straight: It was Bruce Lee and not Quentin Tarantino who transformed the yellow jumpsuit into a piece of film iconography. Sono has been fielding questions…

Fall Movies: 10 performances to watch this fall

The fall movie going season offers a bevy of hotly anticipated performances — some from famous faces, others from less familiar ones. Here are 10 worth being excited about: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY — He’s already given an Oscar-worthy supporting…

Syria’s ancient history faces new threats, UN says

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. is trying to come up with a plan to protect Syria’s cultural history, including hundreds of archaeological sites, ancient mosques and churches and artifacts that are being sold on the black market. Irina…

GameStop Expo offers taste of next-gen games

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Inside the massive complex on the Las Vegas Strip that houses the glitzy Venetian casino and Sands convention center, amid a soundscape of conflicting noises, thousands of players are mashing buttons while staring intently…

Refunds offered for Mumford show in Forest Hills

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans who couldn’t get into the packed Mumford & Sons concert at the reopening of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium can request a refund. The West Side Tennis Club, which owns the venue, said…

Voight worked for scale for ‘Midnight Cowboy’ role

NEW YORK (AP) — It was Jon Voight’s portrayal of male prostitute Joe Buck in the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” that put him on his path to becoming an acting legend. Now he says he was paid a…