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Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government is doing, two human rights groups say. Human Rights Watch and the American Civil ...

Beijing, Chicago architects to design Lucas Museum

Architects from Beijing and Chicago will design George Lucas' new museum to be built along Chicago's lakefront. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announced Monday that Beijing-based MAD Architects would be the principal designer for the site, while Chicago's Studio Gang would design the landscape and a bridge to the ...

Italian tenor Bergonzi dies at age 90

Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90. The Italian Auxologic Institute in Milan on Monday confirmed Bergonzi's death on Friday. No cause was given. Born in the province of Parma not far from Verdi's hometown, Bergonzi ...

FILE - In this April 27, 2014 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in West Des Moines, Iowa. Sarah Palin is starting her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, July 27, 2014, bills itself as a "direct connection" for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, bypassing media filters. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a "direct connection" between the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate and her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission ...

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26:  Musician Keith Urban performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Dozens treated for illness at Keith Urban concert

Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts. Police and fire officials say ambulances from five surrounding communities responded to the Saturday night concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, about 30 miles south of Boston. At least 46 people ...

Kevin Bacon attends "The Following" special video presentation and Q&A on Day 4 of Comic-Con International on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Kevin Bacon brings his 'Six Degrees' to Comic-Con

Kevin Bacon's "Six Degrees" world got even bigger Sunday at Comic-Con. During a Sunday panel for his Fox show "The Following," a fan brought up the pop culture game known as "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," whose premise is anyone in Hollywood can be linked to the actor. She wondered ...

Katey Sagal attends the "Sons of Anarchy" panel on Day 4 of Comic-Con International on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

'Sons of Anarchy' book announced at Comic-Con

"Sons of Anarchy" is revving up for its final season but the outlaw motorcycle club will live on in books. Series creator Kurt Sutter revealed the cover art to "Sons of Anarchy: Bratva" (Titan Books Ltd.) Sunday at Comic-Con. The first of a series about the "Sons" world, "Bratva" is ...

Crowds cross the street outside the convention center on Day 3 at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)

Driver seriously injures woman during Zombie Walk

A driver struck and seriously injured a woman while fleeing from angry members of the annual Zombie Walk held during Comic-Con, police said. The 48-year-old driver and his family, who are all deaf, had waited for several minutes at a downtown intersection Saturday as a large crowd taking part in ...

Comic-book convention organizers clash over name

Organizers of two of the biggest comic-book conventions in the country are clashing over their names. A lawyer for San Diego Comic-Con has issued a cease-and-desist letter to organizers of Utah's Salt Lake Comic Con demanding them to drop "Comic Con" from the name. "Attendees, exhibitors and fans seeing use ...

This image provided by the The Coeur d’ Alene Art Auction showing a  Charles M. Russell’s 1924 painting entitled "Trail of the Iron Horse" was among some 30 Russell works that fetched millions of dollars at the annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction in Reno, Nevada, on Saturday July 27, 2014. The painting, which sold for $1.9 million, symbolizes the railroad’s effect on American Indians. It depicts a group of Indians on horseback looking down at railroad tracks with the sun setting on the plains in the background. (AP Photo/Coeur d’ Alene Art Auction)

Charles Russell art fetches millions at auction

A total of 30 Charles M. Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million and another depicting a Native American chief selling for $1.1 million. Other top prices at the annual Coeur d'Alene Art Auction ...

FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, actor Ben McKenzie poses for a portrait while promoting his TNT show "Southland" in New York. Fox says it's ordering a series that delves into the early years of future "Batman" police commissioner James Gordon, with McKenzie playing Gordon in his detective years. “Gotham” also will include untold tales of DC Comics villains and introduces a new character, Fish Mooney, producer Warner Bros. Television said Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, file)

4 DC Comics brought to TV get Comic-Con event

Four DC comics brought to life for television took over the San Diego Convention Center's 6,500 seat Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday night. "Arrow" star, Stephen Amell, hosted the extravaganza called "Warner Bros. Television Presents a Night of DC Entertainment." He introduced actors Ben McKenzie, Grant Gustin and Matt ...

Ian Somerhalder attends the "Vampire Diaries" panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision/AP)

'The Vampire Diaries' takes bite out of Comic-Con

Season 5 of The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" ended with characters Damon and Bonnie (played by Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham) being separated from their loved ones as they enter a mysterious, purgatory-like dimension. The cast returned to Comic-Con on Saturday where they played a video of Somerhalder and Graham ...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2010 file photo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I. He will be among the featured performers returning to the festival on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are set to perform some of the signature pieces from Newport's storied past by Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, among others. (AP Photo/Joe Giblin, File)

At 60, Newport Jazz Fest looks to the future

Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music at ...

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27:  Actor James Spader speaks onstage during "The Blacklist" panel discussion at the NBC portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour - Day 4 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 27, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

'Blacklist' fans get black fedoras at Comic-Con

Fans gathered for the panel for NBC's drama "The Blacklist" on Saturday received black fedoras, in honor of the character played by James Spader. On "The Blacklist," Spader is Raymond "Red" Reddington, a fedora-wearing former fugitive who turns himself in to be an informant. The catch: He will only deal ...

Anna Faris, left, and Chris Pratt arrive at the premiere of "Guardians Of The Galaxy" at El Capitan Theatre on Monday, July 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Marvel announces 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel

"Guardians of the Galaxy" hasn't opened in theaters yet, but a sequel is already in the works. Director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt announced the planned sequel Saturday during Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation. "Guardians of the Galaxy" follows a motley team of otherworldly misfits, including a talking raccoon, led ...

This photo released by Marvel shows, Mark Ruffalo, left, as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, in a scene from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron."  The film releases in the U.S. on May 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Marvel, Jay Maidment)

'Avengers' unleash 'Ultron' footage at Comic-Con

Several members of "The Avengers" descended on Comic-Con to debut the first footage from the upcoming superhero sequel. Robert Downey Jr. , Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner were on hand with other cast members from "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," including Samuel L. Jackson and Colbie ...

Marion La Coguic, of Portland, Ore., is painted at Columbus Circle as body-painting artists gathered to decorate nude models as part of an event featuring artist Andy Golub, Saturday, July 26, 2014, in New York. Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would allow his inaugural Bodypainting Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Nude models, artists take to New York City streets

New York really is "the naked city." Artists in Manhattan painted the bodies of 40 nude models on Saturday, turning the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park into an outdoor celebration of the human form. Artist Andy Golub says New York was the only city in the country that would ...

Jessica Alba attends the "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Alba reveals her 'Sin City' dark side at Comic-Con

Jessica Alba told the crowd at Comic-Con that she got in touch with the dark side for her return to "Sin City." The "Fantastic Four" and "Dark Angel" star is reprising her role as exotic dancer and revenge seeker Nancy Callahan in "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," a ...

Ben Kingsley attends "The Boxtrolls" panel on Day 3 of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Kingsley voices animated villain in 'Boxtrolls'

Sir Ben Kingsley was lying down on the job while making his latest film, the stop-motion animated feature "The Boxtrolls." "I did most of my recordings lying down, reclining on a kind of sofa bed," the 70-year-old Oscar winner told an audience Saturday at Comic-Con. "I wanted his voice to ...

Daniel Radcliffe attends the RADiUS-TWC "Horns" panel on Day 2 of Comic-Con International on Friday, July 25, 2014, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Radcliffe goes undercover as Spidey at Comic-Con

That guy in the Spider-Man suit you posed with at Comic-Con? It might have actually been Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe donned a Spidey mask to covertly mingle with fans on the showroom floor at the pop-culture convention. "I did an American accent for the whole time," the British actor said ...

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