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Scientists use math to hunt for identity of elusive Banksy

LONDON - Elusive street artist Banksy may have been unmasked - by mathematics.Scientists have applied a type of modeling used to track down criminals and map disease outbreaks to identify the graffiti artist, whose real name has never been confirmed.The technique, known as geographic profiling, ...

Gretzky book on hockey history coming this fall

NEW YORK - For Wayne Gretzky, there's something special about the number 99.The NHL's all-time scoring champion has a deal with G.P. Putnam's Sons for a book about the game's history and his own place in it. Putnam told The Associated Press that the book, currently untitled, will be published ...

Perseus sells distribution arm to Ingram

NEW YORK - Two days after selling its publishing division to Hachette Book Group, the Perseus Books Group has agreed to a deal for Ingram Content Group to acquire its powerful distribution business. Perseus and Ingram announced that they expected the transaction to clear, pending regulatory ...

‘No Man’s Sky’ reaching to infinity and beyond on June 21

LOS ANGELES - "No Man's Sky" creator Sean Murray wants everyone in the world to know that his galaxy simulator isn't merely a ridiculously ambitious idea that's wowed crowds at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. It's actually a video game."I think people really like the concept, but it's very ...

‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites’

AMES - Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a picture book beloved by preschoolers since its first publication in 1969, is memorably brought to life as a glow-in-the-dark puppet production in Stephens Auditorium at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on March 8 as part of Iowa State Center's Youth ...

Orpheum announces Spring Performance Series

The IVCCD Orpheum Theater Center is pleased to announce its Spring Performance Series. From February through May, visitors will have the opportunity to see live music performances, a children's theatre troupe and a high-energy percussion band.Spring Performance Series at the Orpheum:April 23 ...

Magic Show in Homestead

HOMESTEAD - Tired of being cooped up during the winter months? Get out and enjoy an evening filled with wonder and magic!David Casas, an award-winning magician, will be giving one performance in Homestead on March 12. Casas' performances are known for fast-paced magic, an award-winning dove ...

Derulo announced for Iowa State Fair

GrandstandTIMES-REPUBLICANDES MOINES - Jason Derulo will be part of the 2016 Iowa State Fair Grandstand Concert Series presented by U.S. Cellular. Derulo will appear on the Grandstand stage at 8 p.m. on Aug. 14. Tickets are $35, $40 and $47 and go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 5.Derulo launched ...

Disney’s ‘Zootopia’ is wildly entertaining

LOS ANGELES - Just when it was looking like animated animal movies had run out of anything original to say, along comes the smartly amusing, crisply relevant "Zootopia" to handily demonstrate there's still plenty of bite left in the anthropomorphic CG menagerie.Boasting a pitch perfect voice ...

Country duo Dan + Shay to perform at ISU

AMES - Tickets are now on sale for country duo Dan + Shay, performing at Iowa State University on April 16. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance at the Hansen Agricultural Student Learning Center. Fast-rising country singers RaeLynn and Maren Morris will support and open the ...

Simon to appear at the Civic Center

DES MOINES - Des Moines Performing Arts announces that Paul Simon, the legendary singer-songwriter and one of the most influential figures in American rock music, will appear at the Des Moines Civic Center for one night only at 8 p.m. on May 18. The recipient of 12 Grammy Awards, Simon has been ...

Newton, Gronkowski to headline Nick series

NEW YORK - The Nickelodeon network will introduce series with football stars Cam Newton and Rob Gronkowski and broaden its mix of offerings as it deals with increased competition and changes in how children watch television programs.Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback and reigning NFL ...

Judge ends Debra Messing’s marriage

Debra Messing and her husband are officially divorced.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas entered a divorce judgment on Tuesday, more than three years after the former "Will & Grace" star filed to end her marriage writer-producer Daniel Zelman. The pair were married in September ...

Kelly says she doesn’t expect Trump hostility in debate

NEW YORK - Anticipating another appearance on a debate stage with Donald Trump, Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly says their public feud hasn't affected her preparation and she doesn't expect a renewal of hostilities with the Republican presidential front runner.Kelly, who is moderating Thursday's ...

Appeals court: Cosby’s criminal case on hold

Bill Cosby's criminal sex-assault case was temporarily halted days before a key hearing while a Pennsylvania appeals court considers his effort to have the case thrown out before trial.The Pennsylvania Superior Court granted Cosby a postponement Tuesday while the court decides whether to hear ...

Lee Reherman, ‘Hawk’ on ‘American Gladiators,’ dead at 49

LOS ANGELES - Lee Reherman, a fan favorite as the towering, muscular Hawk on television's "American Gladiators," has died at age 49.Reherman, who went on to a successful career as an actor-producer after "Gladiators," died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.The cause of death ...

Possible jurors called for trial between Hulk Hogan, Gawker

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Just before he was about to step into a Florida courtroom Tuesday morning, former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan issued a tweet to his 1.4 million followers."Time for the real main event! "I AM" going to slam another Giant! Hogan vrs Gawker! Watcha Gonna Do Gawker? Only Justice ...

Critics of Oscars show say diversity talk was too narrow

NEW YORK - As Felix Sanchez watched the Academy Awards ceremony, he kept wondering when all the talk of diversity from host Chris Rock and others would itself become more diverse."I was shocked that Latinos and Asians and Native Americans were not a part of this conversation," says Sanchez, ...

‘Spotlight’ tops a richly diverse Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - The 31st Independent Film Spirit Awards provided a clear rebuke to the less diverse Oscars, bestowing awards on "Beasts of No Nation" co-stars Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and "Tangerine" star Mya Taylor, making her the first transgender actress to win at the annual ...

‘Deadpool’ tops ‘Gods of Egypt’ at box office

LOS ANGELES - A group of ancient Egyptian deities couldn't take down the merc with a mouth.Marvel's antihero blockbuster "Deadpool" continued to dominate North American movie theaters over the weekend, earning an estimated $31.5 million in its third week and besting newcomer "Gods of Egypt," ...