Offbeat | ‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume fetches USD3M

The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor. It sold at an auction

The Buzz | Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse

Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts. Daniel Hegglin, a Hong Kong-based investor, went to Britain’s High

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AUSTRALIA A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her newborn son by abandoning him in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries,

IRAN | Diplomats speak of nuke progress, next round December 

The U.S. and Iran are making last-minute progress at nuclear talks but will need to extend negotiations to next month, Western diplomats said yesterday. Their comments matched earlier word that negotiations had now

USA | Probe begins after boy with fake gun shot by police

A 12-year-old boy was fatally shot by police in Cleveland after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, triggering an investigation into his death and a legislator’s call for such weapons to

Art | Swiss museum to accept Nazi art trove 

A Swiss museum agreed yesterday to accept a priceless collection of long-hidden art bequeathed to it by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, but said it will work with German officials to

Literature | AP Exclusive: Letter that inspired Kerouac found 

It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of

this day in history: 1973 Army deposes ‘hated’ Greek president

There appears to have been little or no resistance when tanks rolled into Athens and troops took up positions around government buildings shortly before dawn. The coup was orchestrated by the

Offbeat | TV anchor’s fashion sense gets attention, finally

The male co-host of an Australian TV program is finally getting some attention for his fashion sense. And that’s his point. Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for

The Buzz: Sudan government asks UN Darfur mission to leave

The spokesman for the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur says the Sudanese government has asked his mission to prepare plans to exit the country. The snub comes amid tension

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CHINA A strong earthquake that hit a sparsely populated, mountainous area of western China has killed at least five people and injured 54 others, including schoolchildren in a stampede, officials

Gaming | Wynn Resorts investigated over money laundering

According to Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal, Wynn Resorts Ltd. is under investigation by federal authorities regarding whether or not the casino operator broke money-laundering laws. Those familiar with

Iran | Kerry says gaps remain in nuke talks as deadline looms

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning of “serious gaps” in the talks about a nuclear deal with Iran, and if major differences persist the possibility of extending past

Portugal | Police detain ex-premier in fraud case 

Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal’s Attorney-General’s office said Saturday. Socrates, who was Portugal’s prime minister from 2005

Tunisia | Post revolution, country holds first fair presidential election 

Tunisia took another step forward in its peaceful transition to democracy yesterday by holding its first free presidential election, with voters hoping for more stability and a better economy. Many Tunisians weighed

Kenya | Al-Shabaab claims attack on bus targeting 28 ‘Christians that enjoyed the killing of Muslims’

Al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militia, said it carried out an attack on Christians traveling on a bus in northeastern Kenya, killing 28 people. Gunmen attacked the Nairobi-bound vehicle yesterday morning local

this day in history: 1963 Kennedy ‘assassin’ murdered

Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old former Marine, was being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail, at the center of a large crowd of police officers, reporters and camera

Offbeat | Thai leader pats reporter on head, tugs his ear

Thailand’s military-installed prime minister, known for scolding journalists, is trying a new tack: patting their heads and tugging their ears. A video posted on Facebook by Bangkok Post reporter Wassana Nanuam

The Buzz: De Niro ends assessment fight with upstate NY town

Actor Robert De Niro says he'll reimburse a town nearly USD130,000 in legal fees it spent defending its assessment of the actor's upstate New York property. The settlement involves the Hudson

‘Booze Traveler’ host explores how world drinks

Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always

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