Florida judge denies Gawker new trial in Hulk Hogan case

TAMPA, Fla. Gawker will not get a new trial to defend its posting of a Hulk Hogan sex tape, and a Florida judge also declined to reduce the $140 million in damages a jury awarded the celebrity wrestler after finding the media website violated his priva...

Artists say celebrity pastor's church stole Miami murals for ads

NEW YORK A group of street artists say a church led by a pastor to celebrities like hip hop mogul Kanye West used their artwork from a Miami public school in an advertising campaign without their permission, according to a lawsuit.In a copyright infrin...

Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' dress fetches over $1.5 million at auction

NEW YORK The blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz" sold for $1.56 million at an auction in New York on Monday.The pinafore, one of 10 thought to have been made for Garland in her role as Dorothy in the movie, had ...

Hungary court acquits leaders of firm behind toxic spill

KOLONTAR, Hungary Fifteen people tried in connection with a toxic spill from an alumina reservoir in western Hungary that killed 10 people in 2010 were acquitted on Thursday, an outcome a local mayor said would only serve to further traumatize and ange...

Rio preps underway as carnival nears

RIO DE JANEIRO - Thousands of people hit the streets of Rio de Janeiro at the weekend for a traditional street parade ahead of the annual world-famous carnival celebrations.    The revelers headed for what is known as "Christ's Armpit" -- overlooked...

'Your Mama pulls fire trucks!' is praise for StrongMoms' kids

NORWALK, Conn. Still shunning alcohol because she was breastfeeding her 7-week-old baby, Jessica Hopkins grabbed a 50-pound (23 kg) beer keg with her bare hands and hurled it over a chest-high metal bar.Women like Hopkins, a former jewelry design assis...

Bum steer: Freedom has a price for NYC bull saved by Jon Stewart

NEW YORK A bull that bolted on its death march to a New York City slaughterhouse and was rescued with the help of comedian Jon Stewart will find out soon there is a price for freedom.The Angus bull that escaped on Friday, and whose life was spared when...

Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William A...

Interest, prices for Southeast Asian art soar: Sotheby's

SINGAPORE When "Bathing in the Shower" by the late Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan went under the hammer at Sotheby's autumn auction in Hong Kong in October this year, the oil painting of three female bathers was sold for HK$9.7 million ($1.3 million)...

Huge quake strikes off Indonesia but tsunami warnings canceled

JAKARTA A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded as tsunami warnings were canceled.Indonesian and A...