Alaska's famed Iditarod race to start along shorter ceremonial route

JUNEAU, Alaska Alaska's famed sled-dog race is set to get underway on Saturday when dozens of mushers and dog teams from around the world begin their near 1,000-mile (1,600-km) journey through the U.S. state's frigid wilderness.The ceremonial start in ...

Supreme Court rejects appeal in shareholder suit against BP

WASHINGTON The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP (BP.L) claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil s...

Universal LA theme park hopes fans buy into new 'Harry Potter' world

LOS ANGELES From the cobblestone alleyways to the snow-capped roofs, fans of "Harry Potter" will be able to immerse themselves into a new "Wizarding World" attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, and the theme park is betting on their purchasing pow...

LED-lit pigeons illuminate New York skies in art exhibit

NEW YORK Thousands of pigeons with tiny LED lights strapped to their legs swooped through the darkening skies in a jaw-dropping display of beauty, but savvy New Yorkers gazing up at the performance art knew enough to keep their mouths shut.As evening f...

Apple wins dismissal of lawsuit over MacBook logic boards

Apple Inc won the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding consumers by selling MacBook laptop computers that contained "logic boards" it knew were defective, and which routinely failed within two years.U.S. District Judge William A...

'Your Mama pulls fire trucks!' is praise for StrongMoms' kids

NORWALK, Conn. Still shunning alcohol because she was breastfeeding her 7-week-old baby, Jessica Hopkins grabbed a 50-pound (23 kg) beer keg with her bare hands and hurled it over a chest-high metal bar.Women like Hopkins, a former jewelry design assis...

'The Wire' actor Pierce arrested after scuffle over Democratic politics

ATLANTA Actor Wendell Pierce, who starred in HBO's "The Wire," was arrested in Atlanta over the weekend and charged with battery after an altercation sparked by differences in opinion about the U.S. presidential race, police said on Monday.The incident...

See now, buy when? Catwalk-to-shop retail model divides brands

MILAN/LONDON With minutes until show time, a group of seamstresses are adding the final touches to designer Ermanno Scervino's latest creations to be unveiled on the catwalk.Embellished coats, mosaic print suits and lace dresses are among the outfits t...

Federer comes clean on how he injured knee bathing twins

Roger Federer, not known for serious slip-ups in his flowing run to a record 17 grand slam singles titles, has come clean about the left knee injury that sidelined him for nearly two months.The Swiss maestro, who will resume competition at the Miami Op...

Syrian refugee brings his art to Lithuania

VILNIUS A faceless skull with a crown of spikes and blood pouring from its wounds, symbolizing a Syrian caught in the horror of civil war, stares out from a painting on the wall in a student theater in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. This is just one i...