FAO Schwarz will officially close the doors of its flagship Fifth Avenue toy store in New York City on Wednesday night to the dismay of shoppers charmed by the famous destination for childhood fun. The store, which has been the face of FAO Schwarz since 1986, is moving from its location on fashionable Fifth Avenue due to rising rent. The Fifth Avenue store famously included an oversized piano keyboard that actors Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia danced on in the 1988 movie "Big." It also included a 4,000-square-foot candy shop and real-life toy soldiers who greeted shoppers as they entered.
By Michael Lansu CHICAGO (Reuters) - It was an image that shocked and angered many: a dead, black 18- year-old left face-down for hours in the middle of a street after being shot multiple times by a white police officer, his red Cardinals baseball cap knocked from his head by the fall. Now a Chicago art exhibit has stirred controversy with a life-size silicone replica of Michael Brown after he was fatally shot on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. A television screen above the body plays Eartha Kitt's 1956 song "Angelitos Negros," (Little Black Angels), which is also the name of the installation.
Authorities on Wednesday announced first-degree murder charges against an imprisoned sex offender in the disappearance of two sisters from a suburban Maryland mall in 1975, bringing some clarity to the baffling case that made parents question whether to allow children out of their homes alone.
Mexico's most prized prisoner paced his cell, first to the latrine, then the shower, then the bed. At every turn around the tiny room, drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman checked the shower floor hidden by a half wall, because even jailed criminals get their privacy.
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce a pilot project on Wednesday to expand broadband access for people who live in public housing, his administration's latest push to narrow the "digital divide" between the rich and poor. Working with mayors, Internet service providers and other companies and non-profit organizations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make it cheaper and easier for more than 275,000 low-income households with almost 200,000 children to get home Internet, the White House said in a statement. Private and public institutions have pledged to invest $70 million in the plan, including a $50,000 federal grant, Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told reporters on a conference call.
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday cut a copyright infringement verdict by more than $2 million against recording stars Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over their 2013 smash hit "Blurred Lines," but offered Marvin Gaye's heirs a 50 percent royalty on future earnings from the song. A federal jury in Los Angeles had sided with Gaye's estate in March, finding that parts of his 1977 hit "Got to Give it Up" were copied by Thicke and Williams for their R&B chart-topper. U.S. District Judge John Kronstadt in Los Angeles said on Tuesday the amount was "excessive," based on the evidence presented in the case.