Beacons and gun salutes as Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 90

LONDON Britain's Queen Elizabeth turns 90 on Thursday with beacons and gun salutes heralding the birthday of the world's oldest monarch, who still performs hundreds of engagements a year and shows no signs of losing her appetite for the job.Usually her...

Painting found in French attic is $137 million Caravaggio, say experts

PARIS A painting found in the attic of a house in southwest France two years ago was attributed to the Italian master Caravaggio by private French experts who hailed its discovery on Tuesday as a great event in the history of art.The work, which depict...

Christie's fetes 250 years in business with major British art sale

LONDON From Joshua Reynolds to Lucian Freud, works spanning several centuries of British art will go under the hammer as part of a sale celebrating 250 years since auction house Christie's was founded. The highlights are three major works, led by "Ib a...

Zach looks for extra Masters lift from Claret Jug

AUGUSTA, Georgia Zach Johnson has the benefit of twin major boosts going into this week's Masters, the knowledge that he won here in 2007 after holding off Tiger Woods and the added bonus of victory at last year's British Open.As he prepares to compete...

Blatter and Platini bans upheld, reduced to six years

ZURICH Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, once the two most powerful men in world soccer, had their bans for ethics violations upheld on Wednesday, although they were reduced from eight years to six.The 79-year-old Blatter, who served for 17 years as FIF...

Trove of Marilyn Monroe's personal belongings to go up for auction

LOS ANGELES A collection of personal items including handwritten notes and jewelry that belonged to film star Marilyn Monroe will go up for auction in November at Julien's Auctions.     Monroe, one of the most iconic stars of Hollywood's Golden Age...

Art detective says female and male model used for Mona Lisa face

FLORENCE, Italy Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile draws millions of viewers from across the world, all eager to see the art world's most famous female face. But is it?An Italian art detective is arguing that research backs his long-standing claim that Leonar...

Kesha appeals court decision, likening recording contract to slavery

NEW YORK Pop star Kesha has appealed a court decision that ties her to a recording contract with companies owned by music producer Dr. Luke, who she has accused of rape, saying the ruling was akin to slavery.The "Tik Tok" singer, 28, has been seeking t...

Eisenberg makes 'nerve-racking' UK stage debut with 'The Spoils'

LONDON Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg brings his self-penned play "The Spoils" to London audiences, making "a nerve-racking" stage debut in Britain which he regards as a theater mecca.The tragicomedy, in which Eisenberg also stars, showed off-Br...