Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Mar 2, 2014

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold and the world’s biggest street party pushed lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup firmly to one side. With the football extravaganza now just three ...

Zushi bans offensive beach activities

Feb 27, 2014

Zushi bans offensive beach activities

The municipal assembly of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, passed rare legislation Wednesday prohibiting loud music and huts staying open at night on a beach in the city. The ordinance reform by the assembly followed complaints from local residents in recent years over loud parties at ...

Looking back on Beatlemania

Feb 9, 2014

Looking back on Beatlemania

Musical moments that capture the attention of a national audience — and beyond — never seem to be in short supply. Last week, Bruno Mars set a ratings record with 115 million people watching his Super Bowl performance. A few months ago, the talk ...

When Beatlemania stormed the Coliseum

Feb 9, 2014

When Beatlemania stormed the Coliseum

The first time the British invaded Washington, in the War of 1812, they torched the White House. When they returned, on Feb. 11, 1964, they stormed the Coliseum. Two days after their historic U.S. television debut, Liverpudlian rockers the Beatles took a train through ...

AP was there: The Beatles invade America in 1964

Feb 9, 2014

AP was there: The Beatles invade America in 1964

In February 1964, the Beatles took America by storm, and rock ‘n’ roll was never the same. AP reporters covering the band’s Feb. 7 arrival at New York’s Kennedy Airport and their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” two days later never failed to ...

Feb 8, 2014

Canadian band bills Pentagon for using its music at Gitmo

A Canadian hard rock band has sent the Pentagon a $666,000 bill after a former Guantanamo Bay guard alleged that the U.S. military used the band’s music to torture detainees. Skinny Puppy found out their music was blasted out at the detention center in ...

Feb 7, 2014

Former Pussy Rioters 'sold out'

Six members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot on Thursday accused their previously imprisoned bandmates of undermining the group’s ideals by appearing at a charity concert introduced by Madonna. A letter posted on the group’s blog lashed out at Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina ...

Pussy Riot urges U.S. to look past Olympic hype

Feb 5, 2014

Pussy Riot urges U.S. to look past Olympic hype

Americans who will be at the Winter Olympics should look beyond the facilities created for the games and take a hard look at the host country, two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot said Tuesday. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova made ...

New Jersey university offers course on Beyonce

Feb 3, 2014

New Jersey university offers course on Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the world’s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The department of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called Politicizing Beyonce. Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the ...