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Italy Venice Film Festival The Humbling Photo Call

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VENICE, Italy — The Venice Film Festival is bringing 11 days of red carpet premieres, innovative movies and Hollywood glamour to the Italian city. Here's what has been catching the eye of The Associated Press: Read more

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' draft released

An unused chapter of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" has been released — 50 years after Roald Dahl's much-loved children's novel was first published. Read more

49ers' Aldon Smith apologizes for suspension

49ers Aldon Smith Football

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has apologized to the organization and its fans after receiving a nine-game suspension from the NFL for a series of off-field legal issues. Read more

5 takeaways from a punch-less summer box office

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The movie of the summer might have been Marvel's irreverent hit "Guardians of the Galaxy," the top domestic film at the box office. Or it could have been Michael Bay's sequel-reboot hybrid "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the lone movie to even approach $1 billion globally. Read more

Benedict Arnold to be 'indicted' by theater group

A New London theater company is planning to "indict" Connecticut native Benedict Arnold in advance of a festival that will see a nine-foot likeness of him burned in effigy. Read more

Longtime personal chef to Obama weds MSNBC host

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President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family's longtime chef and friend. Read more

National Book Festival opens moves inside Saturday

The National Book Festival has moved inside and is opening to the public in the Washington Convention Center this weekend after a decade on the National Mall. Read more

Spanish fashion designer Pertegaz dies at 96

Spain Obit Pertegaz

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Manuel Pertegaz, one of Spain's most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, has died. He was 96. Read more

Pacino does double duty at Venice Film Festival

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Al Pacino made two trips up the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday, with a pair of movies about aging, regret, giving up and letting go. Read more

New England editorial roundup

The Concord (N.H.) Monitor, Aug. 26. 2014 Read more

After injury, Kings of Leon ready for stage

Music-Kings of Leon

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A brotherly reunion is coming to the City of Brotherly Love: Family band Kings of Leon will play its first show Sunday in Philadelphia since drummer Nathan Followill injured his ribs. Read more

Ludacris holds celebrity hoops game for LudaDay

Rapper Ludacris is challenging fellow hip-hop artist Lil Wayne in a game of hoops this weekend. Read more

Cowles Center to present Groundbreaker Battle

Breakdancing crews from across the Twin Cities will face off in a tournament style competition in downtown Minneapolis next month. Read more

Medford art program helps at-risk youths

About 250 works of art — some digital, some recycled, some graffiti and some unfinished — hang on the walls of the Life Track Art Gallery and Youth Center in downtown Medford, while another 120 pieces are tucked away in closets, drawers and wooden trunks just waiting to be displayed. Read more

Storm leaves water in historic Springfield home

A thunderstorm left water standing in the basement of the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield, causing the cancellation of tours. Read more

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Read more

Lawmakers send Hollywood tax credit to governor

California lawmakers have approved legislation to extend additional tax credits to Hollywood film productions, sending the bipartisan legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. Read more

Little SD-owned publishing house earns Wilder book

Little Publishing House

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The same author who made "Little House on the Prairie" a must-read for generations of people around the world could help a little state-owned publishing house hit the big time. Read more

Reynolda House exhibit takes note of chairs

They are all around us, and, at some point, somebody somewhere designed the chair that you're sitting in — though if it's not very comfortable you may question their design qualifications. Read more

Yiddish Book Center hosts 'outsider art' exhibit

The French call it "art brut," which translates as "raw art" or "rough art." The English equivalent is "outsider art" — artwork that's made outside the conventions of the academy, often by people with little or no formal training. Read more

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