Mexico imposes restrictions on Slim, Televisa
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican regulators declared the country's main television network and Carlos Slim's telecom company as "preponderant" market players on Friday, part of an effort by the government to promote competitiveness in the telecommunications sector.
Mexico stops heavy metal concert, draws fire
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican state's decision to cancel a two-day heavy metal concert with top bands like Kiss, Twisted Sister and Guns 'N Roses is drawing fire from fans and organizers, who say they suspect that political motives, corruption or discrimination are behind the move.
Mexico to open first-ever bidding for TV networks
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican regulators hit the country's main television network with a double punch on Friday, declaring Televisa a "preponderant" market player and slapping restrictions on the company, which bills itself as the largest media outlet in the Spanish-speaking world.
'Batkid,' Spider-Man hang out after Oscars cut
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California boy who was treated for leukemia and became famous as "Batkid" got to spend time with another superhero after his planned appearance at the Academy Awards was cut.
Obama shows his R-E-S-P-E-C-T for "women of soul"
WASHINGTON (AP) — He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the "women of soul" who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House on Thursday night.
Boy buried by avalanche tried to bite his way out
NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old western Montana boy who spent about an hour buried in the snow after a deadly avalanche roared into his backyard says he tried to "lick and bite" his way out before becoming tired and falling asleep.
Fire destroys another Heidelberg house in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — A house covered in stuffed animals and dolls that was a key part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit became the latest casualty Friday in a 10-month string of suspicious fires that has devastated much of the long-running interactive outdoor art installation.
'300' sequel slays box-office rivals
Los Angeles (AFP) - Bloody ancient Greece fantasy-action movie "300: Rise of an Empire" slayed the competition at the North American box office this weekend, estimated figures showed Sunday.
Avant-garde Belgian opera director Gerard Mortier dies
Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real and other European opera houses over the last 30 years, has died aged 70 after battling cancer. Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real, which he headed until September last year...
Jonathan Demme selling vast art collection in Pa.
A riot of color greeted Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme the first time he walked into Haitian Corner, an art gallery around the corner from his Manhattan apartment. Instantly transfixed, he left with a $250 painting by Haitian master Wilson Bigaud. The seed was planted.
Gettysburg wax museum selling historical figures
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A life-sized animatronic Abe Lincoln is among the historical figures and tableau scenes from a Gettysburg wax museum set to hit the auction block just months after the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of his "Gettysburg Address."
Police have warrant in attempted Banksy theft
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they're looking for a Los Angeles man accused of trying to steal a big chunk of cinderblock wall bearing a painting by the world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy.