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China charges Jackie Chan's son over drug offense

BEIJING - China's state prosecutor said on Monday it had formally charged Jaycee Chan, son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, with a drugs offense, meaning he is almost certain to face trial. | Video

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George Clooney criticizes Hollywood in Sony cyber attack

NEW YORK - Oscar winner George Clooney slammed Hollywood power players for not supporting Sony Pictures following the cyber attack on the company over the satirical comedy "The Interview" about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea 19 Dec 2014

'Wind Beneath My Wings' songwriter Henley dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Larry Henley, the songwriter best-known for "Wind Beneath My Wings," has died at the age of 77 at a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, after a prolonged illness, colleagues and friends said on Friday.

People 19 Dec 2014

Forget the politics, Sony executives say North Korea comedy 'desperately unfunny'

SEOUL - The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader is "desperately unfunny" and would have flopped overseas if it had not been canceled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures. | Video

Film, North Korea 19 Dec 2014

U.S. court backs $2.1 million copyright award for song 'Whoomp!'

TEXARKANA, Texas - The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld a $2.1 million jury award in a copyright infringement case involving the 1993 hit rap song "Whoomp! (There It Is)."

U.S., 19 Dec 2014

Opera lovers fly long distance to hear Royal Opera sing

LONDON - Not everyone would fly 5,600 miles for an opera whose set consisted at times of two chairs and a cheap-looking table, but Johannesburg lawyer Emile Myburgh did it for Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at London's Royal Opera House -- and he'll be back.

19 Dec 2014
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Book Talk: War on Afghan frontline, by a female soldier

KABUL - Chantelle Taylor is a former combat medic who fought in one of Britain's bloodiest battles in Afghanistan and wrote about her experience as a rare woman on the front line.

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