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Sword breaks off Civil War memorial; vandalism suspected

BOSTON (AP) -- A sword has broken off again from a memorial depicting the famed 54th Massachusetts Civil War regiment, featured in the Denzel Washington movie "Glory." Boston police are investigating after the damage was reported Tuesday. They suspect vandalism. National Park Service spokesman Sean Hennessey tells the Boston Globe it's happened frequently enough that there are fiberglass replacement swords on hand. The memorial is by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Judge orders R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from ex

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has ordered R&B singer Chris Brown to stay away from his ex-girlfriend after she accused him of physically abusing and threatening her. The Grammy winner was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Karrueche Tran and not attempt to contact her after she wrote in court filings that Brown had repeatedly threatened her since December.

Shooting gets underway for Han Solo 'Star Wars' film

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alden Ehrenreich has taken control of the Millennium Falcon. The Han Solo "Star Wars" spinoff has begun production. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that shooting began at London's Pinewood Studios on Monday. To kick off the untitled Han Solo movie, the studio released a photo of the cast at the controls of the Millennium Falcon.

Review: 'The Inkblots' documents history of Rorschach test

"The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing" (Crown), by Damion Searls A bear. A bat. A butterfly. Images seen in Rorschach inkblots reveal the viewer's unconscious mind, including any serious mental disorders. Or do they? Is the Rorschach test a brilliant diagnostic tool, or a glorified parlor trick? "The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing" raises these questions and lands in the middle.

Tom Hanks' debut book is due in October

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use -- his collection of short stories will be published in October. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, "UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out Oct. 24 from Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher said Tuesday.

Artists seek $1.25 million for Bowie memorial in London

LONDON (AP) -- Artists and activists want to create a permanent memorial to David Bowie in the London neighborhood where he was born. Plans were unveiled Tuesday for a three-story-tall lightning bolt sculpture , inspired by the cover of Bowie's album "Aladdin Sane." The proposal is to install it across from the Brixton Underground station, beside a mural of Bowie as Aladdin Sane.

'Refugees' is timely, timeless in telling of human stories

"The Refugees" (Grove Press), by Viet Thanh Nguyen Viet Thanh Nguyen's new book, "The Refugees," is both timely, given the current debate about refugees in America, and timeless in its exploration of universal human struggles. This gorgeous collection of short stories recalls Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies," but with Vietnam as the loose center around which the richly drawn characters orbit.

Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx target of racial slur in Croatia

DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) -- Croatian police have filed disorderly conduct charges against two people who allegedly used a racial slur to insult Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx in a restaurant. Police said they acted after receiving reports Sunday of "particularly arrogant and rude" insults made against restaurant guests, including "one of the guests on racial grounds.

Louvre show: Vermeer was both revolutionary and a borrower

PARIS (AP) -- His luminous strokes produced masterpieces like "Girl with a Pearl Earring." But Vermeer, the unique jewel in Dutch painting's crown, copied ideas from his contemporaries like every other artist, argues a new major exhibit at the Louvre Museum in Paris that opens Wednesday. Five years in the making, "Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting" presents a third of the Dutch Golden Age master's complete opus to the public.

Tom Hank's debut book is due in October

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use -- his collection of short stories will be published in October. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, "UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out Oct. 24 from Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher said Tuesday.

Issa Rae feels 'validated' by Black Women in Hollywood honor

When Issa Rae watched Oprah Winfrey being honored at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Awards last year, the actress hoped she would one day be recognized in the same fashion. But she didn't think it would come this soon. Rae, Janelle Monae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi will be honored Thursday in Los Angeles at the magazine's 10th annual awards. Past honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Taraji P.

Soulja Boy says boxing match with Chris Brown is off

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It looks like the highly anticipated boxing showdown between singer Chris Brown and rapper Soulja Boy could be off. Both hip-hop stars announced last month that they signed on for a three-round bout to be televised on pay-per-view and promoted by Floyd Mayweather. On Monday, Soulja Boy said on Twitter that Brown's manager called his manager Sunday to tell him the fight is off and Brown wouldn't be signing his contract.

The daily commute's a killer in Mackintosh's 'I See You'

"I See You" (Berkley), by Clare Mackintosh Zoe Walker's troubles creep beyond the financial woes on her desk, an overbearing boss, two aimless children who don't get along with her boyfriend and a boyfriend who's jealous of her ex-husband. Now she's dealing with a possible murderer on her trail in Clare Mackintosh's newest thriller, "I See You." Zoe's commute is routine.

'Today' show anchor Hoda Kotb adopts baby girl

NEW YORK (AP) -- "Today" show host Hoda Kotb says she has adopted a baby girl. The co-anchor of the fourth hour of the NBC morning program said in an emotional phone interview Tuesday that she adopted a newborn and named her Haley Joy. The 52-year-old Kotb says the baby was born on Valentine's Day. Kotb says the girl is "the love of my life." A picture of Kotb holding the baby was shown on-air.

Historian with expert predictions ponders Trump impeachment

NEW YORK (AP) -- A college professor who has successfully predicted every presidential election since 1984, including Donald Trump's upset victory last year, is working on a book based on a possible future plot twist: Trump's removal from office. Dey Street Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday that it had acquired Allan J. Lichtman's "The Case for Impeachment" and planned to release it April 18.