Irish artist Louis le Brocquy dies in Dublin at 95
2012-04-25 15:48:23 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — Irish expressionist painter Louis le Brocquy, who was best known for abstract portraits of Ireland's literary and artistic stars, died Wednesday in Dublin, the government announced. He was 95.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins praised le Brocquy's work as "amongst this country's most valuable cultural assets."
The cause of death was not given, but the painter's family said he had been ill for the past year.
Born in Dublin in 1916, le Brocquy traveled widely in Europe throughout his seven-decade career and was an accomplished painter in oil and watercolors, illustrator, lithographer, sculptor and tapestry maker. His ...
Marathon runner's death inspires $1M in donations
2012-04-25 19:34:10 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Donations to the charity supported by a 30-year-old woman who died during the London Marathon topped $1 million on Wednesday as thousands took up her cause.
Claire Squires entered the race to raise money for an organization that helps prevent suicides and had collected about $800 online before she set off on the 26.2-mile course on Sunday. By Wednesday, the fundraising total in her name had reached $1.1 million with more than 60,000 donations.
Squires collapsed near Buckingham Palace near the end of the race, and her death has touched hearts in Britain and beyond.
"It's just overwhelming ... the generosity of people ...
Murdoch testimony spotlights UK Olympics minister
2012-04-25 01:24:09 UTC
LONDON (AP) — News Corp. executive James Murdoch's behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign has spilled into the public domain, casting a harsh light on the British government's Olympics czar.
Murdoch was speaking Tuesday before Lord Justice Brian Leveson's media ethics inquiry set up in the wake of the country's phone hacking scandal, which has shaken the U.K.'s establishment with revelations of journalistic misdeeds, police corruption, and corporate malpractice.
Some of Murdoch's testimony revisited his own role in the scandal, but far more explosive were revelations about how senior British ministers went out of their way to smooth the...
New case of mad cow disease in California
2012-04-25 01:19:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation's food supply.
The infected cow, the fourth ever discovered in the U.S., was found as part of an Agriculture Department surveillance program that tests about 40,000 cows a year for the fatal brain disease.
No meat from the cow was bound for the food supply, said John Clifford, the department's chief veterinary officer.
"There is really no cause for alarm here with regard to this animal," Clifford told reporters at a hastily c...
London Olympic laboratory declared ready by WADA
2012-04-23 19:12:39 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The laboratory that will test athletes for drugs at the London Olympics has been declared ready by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The lab at King's College London Drug Control Center was accredited by WADA on Monday following a two-year testing program that examined the lab's equipment, staff and procedures.
Officials from WADA's science department made several visits to the lab in central London, with the site subject to three formal inspections and dummy sample testing.
The King's College lab usually deals with about 8,000 samples per year. It expects to handle more than 6,250 during the Olympics and Paralympics, wi...
Victoria Beckham: Range Rover Reveal!
2012-04-23 06:02:15 UTC
Victoria Beckham strikes a pose at the evening reveal for the Range Rover Evoque Special Edition held at the Central Academy of Fine Arts on Sunday (April 22) in Beijing, China.
Earlier in the day, the 38-year-old fashion designer attended the afternoon tea party for the vehicle’s celebration.
Victoria also took part in a photo call that same day. All in all, Vic rocked four different dresses! So stylish!
In case you missed it, check out Victoria‘s collaboration with photographer Nick Knight to create a film and bank of images for the special edition car.
Murdoch to be quizzed on his UK political sway
2012-04-23 04:56:51 UTC
LONDON (AP) — He was long considered one of the most important power brokers in British politics. Now, with his influence shriveled by Britain's phone hacking scandal, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is returning to the U.K. to face questions about his ties to the country's most senior politicians.
It could be an uncomfortable few days for Britain's ruling class.
Murdoch is "not somebody you'd like to get into a battle with," said Steve Fielding, the director of the Center for British Politics at the University Nottingham. "I don't think he thinks that he has very much to lose."
Rupert Murdoch's appearance before Lord Justice Brian Lev...
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb wakes from coma
2012-04-22 06:27:07 UTC
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken from a coma after more than a week and begun to show signs of recovery.
Spokesman Doug Wright said he was able to nod and communicate with his family who have held a constant vigil at his beside in a central London hospital.
The 62-year-old fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer.
Gibb's wife Dwina has revealed he cried when she played him Roy Orbison's 1962 song Crying.
Fellow Bee Gees star Barry Gibb had also been singing to his brother to try to rouse him.
Dwina Gibb told her local paper The Impartial Reporter, based in Enniskillen, Nor...
UK abortion provider under threat from hackers
2012-04-20 06:11:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Britain's largest abortion provider said Thursday that thousands of attempts have been made to hack its website following a high-profile security breach when personal details of 10,000 women were stolen.
Last week a judge jailed a computer hacker for breaking into the website of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and stealing the data.
The service said that in the five weeks since the man's arrest, it had recorded around 2,500 further attempts to hack its website, though none have succeeded.
It said the attacks were low-level and patients' details remain secure, noting that no medical records are kept on the site...
Bee Gees' Robin Gibb is gravely ill, hospitalized, reports say
2012-04-15 18:27:50 UTC
Singer and songwriter Robin Gibb -- who with his brothers, Maurice and Barry, made up the Bee Gees -- is gravely ill in a London hospital, according to British media reports.
Although past reports have said he was battling liver cancer, Gibb has not acknowledged that publicly. Until recently Gibb, 62, seemed to be making what he called a "spectacular" recovery from surgery to remove a growth from his colon.
Then, late last month he was hospitalized for intestinal surgery.
According to the Sun newspaper, which cited a family friend Saturday, he now is in a coma.
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UK's One Direction sued by US band with same name
2012-04-11 01:15:51 UTC
(Reuters) - Simon Cowell's British boy band One Direction, among the hottest new acts in the music business, has been sued for trademark infringement because it is using the same name as a small California pop-rock group.
In what is expected to be a multi-million dollar lawsuit, attorneys for the California band are seeking an injunction that would stop Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Sony Music from using the name One Direction in promotional materials. They also want a share of the profits earned by the chart-topping British boys.
The five Britons, who have taken the U.K., the United States, and Australia by storm after being disco...
London Attacks: Two of the terrorists named by police
2017-06-05 18:44:42 UTC
One of the three attackers who killed seven people near London Bridge on Saturday night was previously investigated by British security services but had not been viewed as a serious threat, British police said on Monday.
Khuram Shazad Butt, aged 27, was a British citizen born in Pakistan, who was already known to police and Britain's domestic spy agency MI5, London's police force said.
"However, there was no intelligence to suggest that this attack was being planned and the investigation had been prioritized accordingly," police said in a statement.
Pray For Manchester
2017-05-23 17:07:23 UTC
Parents go online to find their children after UK attack</h2>
By Michael Holden and Jon Super | </i>MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Desperate parents and friends posted heart-wrenching messages and pictures on social media in the search for their loved ones on Tuesday after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at a British concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.
"Please...please retweet. Looking for my daughter and her friend," Michael MacIntyre wrote on Twitter, alongside an image of his daughter Laura and her friend Eilidh.
Many people had been posting pictures of eight-year old Saffie Rose Roussos,...