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Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis
(Jonathan Petropolous via AP)
By JOHN ROGERS
From Associated Press
December 04, 2016 1:03 PM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives.
WASHINGTON (AP) — This year's Kennedy Center Honors gala will be bittersweet for some because it's the last one under President Barack Obama, but the festivities aren't likely to be much different next year under President-elect Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center president said.
MARIN, Calif. (AP) — The secretive "Star Wars" spinoff movie "Rogue One" just got a little more tangible. Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled 28 minutes of footage for reporters on Friday at Skywalker Ranch, teasing the origin story of the band of rebels who aim to steal the plans for the Death Star — the event that sets into motion the plot of the original 1977 "Star Wars."
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco home featured in television's "Full House" has sold to the producer who created the show. KGO-TV reports (http://abc7ne.ws/2g1pBYB) veteran TV producer Jeff Franklin bought the 3-bedroom Victorian in August.
NEW YORK (AP) — A track off J. Cole's forthcoming album has some people playing the guessing game on who he's taking shots at. Cole doesn't mention anyone by name on "False Prophets," but some on social media are speculating he's rapping about a few stars, including Kanye West.
First lady-to-be Melania Trump likely won't be wearing designer Tom Ford's clothes in the White House. Some of the designers who clamored to dress first lady Michelle Obama have been mixed about dressing Mrs.
GENEVA (AP) — The Geneva prosecutor's office has confiscated nine cultural artifacts including a sculpted head of Aphrodite and two bas-reliefs that were allegedly stolen from Yemen, Libya and the site of ancient Palmyra in Syria.
MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian cultural figures urged President Vladimir Putin on Friday to protect the freedom of artistic expression — something the Russian leader pledged to do, even as he warned artists to be careful not to offend religious believers.
PARIS (AP) — Chanel warned Friday that a planned train line through the prized flower fields near the southern French perfume-making area of Grasse will threaten the production of its famous Chanel No.