Judge throws out defamation lawsuit over alleged fake Western painting

RENO, Nev. (AP) – A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit a Western art collector filed against a prestigious auction house and the owner of a Reno gallery who claimed an early 20th-century cowboy painting he sold for $750,000 was a fake.

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Jury rejects art thief’s claim that he owns antique guns

Cover of the book The Art of the Heist by Myles J Connor Jr., with Jenny Siler. Copyrighted image courtesy of Amazon

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) – A jury has ruled that 20 antique firearms that have been the subject of a three-decade legal battle do not belong to a notorious Massachusetts art thief as he claimed, and his lawyer says his client’s autobiography may have played a role in the verdict.

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Cartier lunar module replica stolen from museum still missing

Neil Armstrong’s gold lunar module by Cartier was stolen from a museum July 28, 2017. Image courtesy of the Wapakoneta Police

CLEVELAND (AP) – It’s been just over a year since a thief broke into the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Ohio and stole an 18K gold replica of the Apollo 11 lunar module and other artifacts that have yet to be recovered or suspects arrested.

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Newton’s ‘Principia’ among items in alleged $8M book scheme

Sir Isaac Newton’s own first edition copy of his ‘Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,’ which is in the collection of the Wren Library of Trinity College, Cambridge. Andrew Dunn image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

PITTSBURGH – An archivist and an antique bookseller were charged Friday with stealing millions of dollars’ worth of rare books, illustrations, maps and photographs from a Pennsylvania library over a 20-year period, including Isaac Newton’s Principia, considered a watershed of science.

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Reward rises to $20K for info leading to stolen artifacts

One of the artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park in 1980. Image courtesy of the University of Alabama Office of Archaeological Research

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The reward for information leading to the recovery of more 260 artifacts stolen from Moundville Archaeological Park decades ago has been increased from $15,000 to $20,000.

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Wrong Lady Liberty on stamp to cost US Postal Service $3.5M

US Statue of Liberty Forever stamp, issued 2011 by USPS. Fair use of low-resolution image obtained via Wikipedia (original source: linns.com). Rationale: Used to illustrate relevant article; stamp is copyrighted, therefore no other free equivalent is available.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A stamp that mistakenly featured the image of a Statue of Liberty replica in Las Vegas instead of the original New York Statue will cost the U.S. Postal Service $3.5 million in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

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Antique dealers charged with felonies related to ivory sales

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

HUDSON, N.Y. — Four antique shop owners in Hudson were charged with felonies Tuesday in connection with the alleged illegal sale of ivory, county and state officials said.

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Theft of mammoth proportions: Agency seeks stolen tusk

A 100-pound mammoth tusk disappeared in March from the Campbell Creek Science Center in Alaska. Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A federal agency wants its woolly mammoth tusk back. The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska on Tuesday asked the public’s help in recovering an approximately 10,000-year-old tusk stolen from the Campbell Creek Science Center, an interpretive center in east Anchorage.

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Anish Kapoor sues NRA over video use of ‘The Bean’

Sir Anish Kapoor’s ‘The Cloud Gate’ copyrighted sculpture, aka ‘The Bean,’ in Millennium Park, Chicago. Fair use of low-resolution image, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 style license

CHICAGO (AP) – The British artist behind Chicago’s famous bean-shape sculpture has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the National Rifle Association of copyright infringement by using an image of his work in a video advertisement last year.

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Mass. lawmakers weigh crackdown on ivory trade

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at the highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, taken July 29, 2010, licensed under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Despite the global embargo on elephant ivory that has been in place since 1990, the rate of elephant slaughter for tusks is at its highest point in a decade. In this picture, three female African bush elephants travel as a small herd in Tanzania. Photo by Ikiwaner, licensed under GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

BOSTON (AP) – The state Senate is taking up a bill that would largely prohibit the sale or possession of elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn in Massachusetts.

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