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Huge Detroit, Bethlehem Banksy murals to be sold in Beverly Hills

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LOS ANGELES - A large street mural painted on a derelict Detroit auto factory by elusive British artist Banksy is going up for auction in Beverly Hills and could fetch up to $400,000 dollars for a local non-profit group, Julien's Auctions said on Wednesday.

Jamaican author makes Man Booker long list with Bob Marley novel

LONDON - The long list of 13 titles for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for fiction written in English, published on Wednesday, features the first Jamaican author in contention for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize.

Georgia's Spelman College ends professorship tied to Bill Cosby

- Spelman College in Georgia has discontinued a professorship named after disgraced comedian Bill Cosby and returned the money meant to pay for it, a spokeswoman said Sunday.

Drama helps Lebanese to bridge their city's divides

BEIRUT - Young people from two warring districts in the Lebanese city of Tripoli are taking to the stage in a comedy inspired by their own lives, trying to turn their backs on old rivalries inflamed by Syria's civil war.

Dr. Seuss back in stores with newly discovered children's book

NEW YORK - A new book by much-loved children's author Dr. Seuss hit stores on Tuesday, 24 years after his death. | Video

London National Gallery staff announce all-out strike

LONDON - London's National Gallery, one of the capital's main visitor attractions, is set to be hit by a new wave of strike action by attendants this summer over privatization plans, the workers' union said on Tuesday.

New Bayreuth Wagner museum confronts family Nazi ties head on

BAYREUTH, Germany - A renovated Richard Wagner Museum opening in Bayreuth this weekend to coincide with the Bavarian city's annual Wagner opera festival puts the composer's anti-Semitism and his family's later ties to Adolf Hitler center stage for the first time.

'Selfies' of the 17th century highlighted in Dutch exhibition

AMSTERDAM - The selfie may be a contemporary look, but a Dutch museum aims to show that its roots go back centuries.

China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei's passport after four years

BEIJING - Chinese dissident artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei said that authorities in Beijing returned his passport on Wednesday, more than four years after it was confiscated following his 81-day secret detention.

Harper Lee's new 'Watchman' novel sells more than 1 million in first week

NEW YORK - Harper Lee's unexpected new novel "Go Set A Watchman" has become the fastest selling book in the history of publisher HarperCollins, with more than 1.1 million copies sold in North America in the first week, the company said on Monday.