Cloud hangs over Native American artifacts market after federal raids in Four Corners

Fed crackdown puts tribal artifact dealers on edge

SANTA FE, N.M. — An intensifying federal investigation into the sale of Native American artifacts has brought fear and uncertainty to one of the nation’s largest and longest-running Indian artifact shows.

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President of nation’s oldest black sorority accused of receiving $500,000 in 2 months

Sorority members allege more questionable payments

WASHINGTON — Members of the nation’s oldest black sorority are alleging more financial misdeeds by their president, who is already accused of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of the group’s money on questionable expenses, including a wax statue of herself.

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Photographer Annie Leibovitz sued in NY for breach of contract over $24 million loan

Annie Leibovitz sued in NY for breach of contract

NEW YORK — A New York finance company that lent celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz $24 million has filed a lawsuit charging that she reneged on the deal.

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President of black sorority sued over accusations she spent funds on wax statue of herself

Sorority president sued over wax statue of herself

CHICAGO — Members of the country’s oldest black sorority are suing to remove their president, alleging that she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the group’s money on herself — some of it to pay for a wax statue in her own likeness.

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Guardians of Georgia O’Keeffe legacy take on Albuquerque elementary school’s sign, T-shirts

O’Keeffe legacy watchers take on elementary school

SANTA FE, N.M. — The guardians of Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy have a bone to pick with an Albuquerque elementary school named after the artist. It’s not a pretty picture.

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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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NYC art gallery owner indicted again in thefts from estate of Robert DeNiro Sr., others

NYC art gallery owner indicted again

NEW YORK — The owner of a closed Manhattan art gallery that once boasted a star-studded clientele was arrested again Tuesday on charges of carrying out an art fraud that now totals $93 million.

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Wisconsin atheist group seeks to block ‘In God We Trust’, pledge engravings at US Capitol

Lawsuit seeks to block ‘In God We Trust’ engraving

MADISON, Wis. — The nation’s largest group of atheists and agnostics filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block an architect from engraving “In God We Trust” and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court says makers of lead paint cannot be sued for ‘defective design’

Wis. high court gives victory to lead paint makers

MADISON, Wis. — Children poisoned by lead paint cannot allege that manufacturers defectively designed the product since the dangerous lead was a key ingredient, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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Hedge fund manager Merkin to sell art trove for $310M, could eventually help Madoff victims

Madoff ‘feeder’ Merkin parts with art trove

NEW YORK — It’s been a bad few months for New York financier J. Ezra Merkin. First, his hedge funds lost $2.4 billion in the Bernard Madoff swindle. Then, he lost his post as chairman of GMAC Financial Services.

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