Judge rules against heir who wanted Met to return a Picasso

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), L’acteur (The Actor), 1904-05. Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public domain image in the United States

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge in New York has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to force the Metropolitan Museum of Art to return a Picasso painting to the heir of a Jewish businessman who allegedly sold it under duress.

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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.

Hong Kong approves ban on local ivory trading by 2021

The slaughter of elephants for their tusks continues. Pictured are three female African bush elephants in Tanzania, July 2010. Photo by Ikiwaner, GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a government proposal banning local ivory trading in the Chinese territory by 2021, with conservation groups hailing it as a major victory in the fight to save elephants.

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Louvre displays art looted by Nazis, hopes to find owners

U.S. Soldiers examine Edouard Manet’s ‘In the Conservatory’ on April 25, 1945. The painting was looted by the Nazis. Image courtesy of the National Archives.

PARIS (AP) – The Louvre Museum is putting 31 paintings on permanent display in an effort to find the rightful owners of those and other works of art looted by Nazis during World War II.

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Arrest in burglary, vandalism of California Route 66 Museum

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Image of Route 66 sign by SPUI, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ Authorities say surveillance footage has led to the arrest of a suspect in the burglary and vandalism at the California Route 66 Museum.

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Defamation case over display of swastika dismissed

Photo of Lady Justice by Dev Kulshrestha, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by a New Hampshire antiques shop owner who said she was run out of business for displaying an old flour sack with a swastika symbol.

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Berlin museums return artworks sold at Nazi-era auction

 

President’s domicile and administrative offices of Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Lienhard Schulz, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

BERLIN (AP) – Berlin’s city museums authority says it has returned 11 works that were part of prominent art owner Margarete Oppenheim’s collection and were auctioned off under Nazi rule in 1936.

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Group pushes lawsuit saying book infringes on artist’s work

Cover of the book Silent Days, Silent Dreams by Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, 2017. Fair use of copyrighted low-resolution image obtained from amazon.com

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – A group that preserves and promotes the work of a deaf, self-taught Idaho artist whose creations appear in museums around the world is fighting an attempt to dismiss its copyright infringement lawsuit against an Oregon children’s book author.

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Seized ivory probed for clues that could help save elephants

 

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

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa.

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Police in Italy recover 250 stolen antique nativity figurines

Neapolitan presepio (Nativity scene) at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo by Pschemp, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

ROME (AP) – Italy’s carabinieri police say they’ve recovered about 250 hand-crafted nativity scene figurines dating from the 18th century that were stolen from churches and private homes in recent years.

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Prosecutors: Looted antiquities seized from billionaire’s home

Three of the antiquities seized in the Friday, January 5, 2018 raid of Michael Steinhardt’s Manhattan office and residence. Image courtesy of New York County District Attorney’s office

NEW YORK (ACNI) – The New York County District Attorney’s office confirms that its investigators raided the Manhattan office and residence of billionaire hedge fund manager Michael H. Steinhardt on Friday. No fewer than nine antiquities were seized in total from the two Fifth Avenue locations. Prosecutors say the objects were looted from Greece and Italy.

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