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Italy court clears designers Dolce and Gabbana in tax evasion case

Italian designers Stefano Gabbana stands next to Domenico Dolce as they talk to the media during a party in ShanghaiItaly's top court cleared fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana on Friday over charges of hiding hundreds of millions of euros from Italian tax authorities. In April, an appeals court gave a suspended sentence of 18 months in jail to the designers, who have always denied the charges. The suit stems from an investigation that began in 2008 when Italian authorities stepped up their fight against tax evasion as the global financial crisis began to bite. Fashion groups have come under tax authorities' scrutiny in Italy partly because they performed better than most other sectors during the financial crisis, but the cases rarely come to court.


NYC museum plans Basquiat exhibition

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL' BAH'-skee-aht) that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches.

Miss Uganda contestants compete in farming

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, one of the contestants chosen to compete in the 2014 "Miss Uganda" beauty contest learns how to milk a cow, at the Bukalasa Agricultural College in Wobulenzi, Uganda. In part to give the pageant an extra edge after years of flagging popularity, the Miss Uganda Foundation sought a partnership with the military, which earlier this year was ordered by Uganda’s long-serving president to promote agriculture, and the scene is just what the organizers wanted: Beautiful women getting their hands dirty to promote farming. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)WOBULENZI, Uganda (AP) — When the Miss Uganda contestants arrived at this sprawling farm outside Kampala, they quickly realized their high-heels would not be useful. So they put on gumboots and strutted awkwardly as they took turns learning how to milk a cow.


TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, file photo, beauty pageant regular and reality show star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson speaks during an interview as her mother, June Shannon, looks on in her home in McIntyre, Ga. On Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the TLC network canceled the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” series, following published reports that Shannon was in a relationship with a man who had a criminal past. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family.


Binoche explores risks, passion of war photography

This image released by Film Movement shows Juliette Binoche in a scene from, "A Thousand Times Goodnight." (AP Photo/Film Movement)NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Juliette Binoche has long been fascinated by war photography, she says, and often wonders about the people who risk their lives to capture such photos. Who are they, and what are they like?


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