Judge approves Jackson film featuring last rehearsals, preparations; merchandise deal on hold

Jackson film greenlit; merchandise gets a yellow

LOS ANGELES — A judge greenlit a major Michael Jackson movie deal Monday, and the film is scheduled to be in theaters later this year. The accompanying Michael Jackson merchandise will have to wait — for now.

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Pastor may not testify in own defense in sex-crimes trial, says he’s ‘won the case already’

Evangelist may not testify in his sex-crimes case

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The woman considered to be the common-law wife of evangelist Tony Alamo told jurors at his sex-crimes trial Tuesday that she thought the wedding rings in his bedroom were donations to the ministry, and that she didn’t notice that younger and younger girls were living with them.

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Tenn. appeals court rules O’Keeffe Museum has no right to Fisk University art collection

Court: O’Keeffe Museum has no right to Fisk U. art

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum may represent the painter’s estate but has no right to an art collection she donated to Fisk University, Tennessee’s Court of Appeals has ruled.

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Italy appeals court upholds conviction of antiquity dealer on art trafficking charges

Italian art dealer’s looting conviction upheld

ROME — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld the antiquities trafficking conviction of an Italian art dealer whose case led Italy to launch a global search for looted ancient artifacts.

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Report: Lawsuit alleges Las Vegas-based golf resort developer duped 19 NHL players out of $25M

Report: Developer duped 19 NHL players out of $25M

NEW YORK — A golf resort developer duped nearly two dozen NHL players out of $25 million, blowing the money on gratuitous parties that were attended by former Yankees players Roger Clemens and Reggie Jackson, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

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Australian prosecutors will appeal ‘inadequate’ sentence of US man in wife’s honeymoon death

Australia will appeal sentence in honeymoon death

BRISBANE, Australia — Australian prosecutors said Thursday they will appeal for stronger punishment for an American man who was sentenced to serve one year in prison for manslaughter in the death of his wife during a honeymoon scuba diving trip.

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New Orleans mayor enters final year unpopular, amid controversy over trips to Jamaica, Hawaii

Mayor Nagin gets caught up in vacation controversy

NEW ORLEANS — They’ve already begun the countdown to Mayor Ray Nagin’s last day in office a year from now. He is mocked on bumper stickers, even booed at the opera.

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Travel officials say attacks on business travel, conferences misguided

Travel officials push back on business travel

WASHINGTON — The CEO of Internet travel site Travelocity said Wednesday that misguided criticism of business travel has led to a lot of confusion about what’s acceptable.

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Senate backs amendment to allow loaded guns in national parks

Senate backs allowing guns in national parks

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday backed an amendment that would allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Iran to free jailed American journalist after court suspends 8-year prison term, lawyers say

Iran to free jailed US journalist, lawyers say

TEHRAN, Iran — An American journalist jailed in Iran will be freed Monday and can leave the country immediately, her lawyers said after an appeals court suspended her eight-year prison sentence.

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