After a Late Start, an Artist’s Big Break: Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait

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A tall, athletic woman in white-framed glasses who lives with her Pekingese-Jack Russell terrier, named August Wilson, Ms. Sherald said she is not allowed to speak about the commission until it is unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery early next year. Nor would Mrs. Obama comment. Continue reading the main...

JR Smith pleads not guilty to reckless driving

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12:03 PM ET CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers guard JR Smith pleaded not guilty last week to a traffic ticket alleging reckless driving and excessive speeding. Smith was pulled over at 1:19 a.m. on Oct. 12 in Bay Village -- a suburban town nestled on the Lake Erie shoreline about 15 miles...

Review: In ‘Squeamish,’ It’s the Therapist Who’s Troubled

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Photo Alison Fraser portrays a therapist and several other damaged characters in Aaron Mark’s monologue. Credit Maria Baranova The playwright and director Aaron Mark likes to tell creepy stories in the dark, or as close as he can get to it. Two seasons ago, when Daphne Rubin-Vega played a woman...

Labour MP Jared O’Mara apologises for offensive comments

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Image caption Jared O'Mara beat Nick Clegg to take the Sheffield Hallam seat for Labour in June A Labour MP has apologised for a series of derogatory online posts about celebrities he made before he was elected to Parliament.Jared O'Mara joked about having an orgy with members of Girls Aloud...

Emile Cilliers trial: Accused ‘texted lover as wife in surgery’

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Image caption The army fitness instructor denies attempting to murder Victoria Cilliers in April 2015 A man accused of tampering with his wife's parachute contacted his mistress as his spouse underwent surgery after a 4,000ft fall, a court heard.Jurors heard messages between Emile Cilliers and his lover sent in the...

Canadian man fined for loudly singing Everybody Dance Now

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Image copyright Columbia Records/Youtube Image caption A screengrab from the 90s hit Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) A Canadian man is contesting a C$149 ($118; £90) ticket for "screaming in a public place" after being caught singing in his car. The tune that got him grooving - and...

Elsie Scully-Hicks: Adoptive father denied struggling to cope

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Image copyright Family photograph Image caption Elsie Scully-Hicks died two weeks after being formally adopted A man accused of murdering his adopted 18-month-old daughter denied struggling to cope when questioned by police.Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall, denies murdering Elsie Scully-Hicks at their Cardiff home. A transcript of his police...

Near miss! Fans sail close to the wind during Volvo Ocean race

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Fans got a very close-up view of the action as two boats narrowly sailed past them during the first leg of the Volvo Ocean race from Alicante to Lisbon.READ MORE: China's Dongfeng lead Volvo Ocean RaceREAD MORE: Seven boats, nine months, 45,000 miles...

Texans left tackle Brown ends holdout, reports

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12:53 PM ET HOUSTON -- Texans left tackle Duane Brown ended his holdout and reported to NRG Stadium on Monday. "I'm just ready to get back on the field with my brothers," he told reporters. Brown missed the Texans' voluntary and mandatory offseason programs and did not report to The...