Gallery owner charged with trafficking walrus tusks

Walrus cows and yearlings resting on ice. Image by Joel Garlich-Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of a downtown Anchorage gallery was accused of illegally purchasing and selling walrus tusk ivory and tax evasion stemming from 2017, federal prosecutors said.

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Video shows thief stealing Van Gogh painting

Van Gogh’s ‘The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884.’ Image courtesy of the Groninger Museum

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – All it took was a few swings with a sledgehammer and a prized painting by Vincent van Gogh was gone.

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Native group sues Neiman Marcus over coat’s design

The Neiman Marcus flagship store in Dallas, Texas. Image by Joe Mabel. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska Native cultural organization is suing luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, saying the Dallas-based company violated copyright and American Indian arts protection laws in selling a knit coat with a geometric design borrowed from indigenous culture.

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Ex-pastor gets 1 year, 9 months for sports memorabilia fraud

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

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – A former Arkansas pastor has been sentenced to one year and nine months in federal prison for his part in helping a sports memorabilia collector make millions of dollars by fraudulently selling normal items represented as valuable mementos.

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Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum

Van Gogh’s ‘The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen.’ Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday.

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Threatened jaguar species afforded new protection

Female jaguar (Panthera onca palustris), Piquiri River, the Pantanal, Brazil. Photo by Charles J. Sharp, Sharp Photography. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

WASHINGTON – There was a big win for jaguars last week at the 13th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Gandhinagar, India, as governments approved listing the species for the first time to protect it across its entire range.

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Conservationists irate; Trump OKs mining, drilling at Utah monuments

The Sixshooter Peaks in Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan County, Utah. U.S. Bureau of Land Management public domain image

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that President Donald Trump downsized more than two years ago that ensure lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling despite pending lawsuits.

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$10K reward in search for long-lost LA library sculpture


Los Angeles City Librarian John F. Szabo unveiled a section of the bronze titled ‘Well of Scribes’ last year after an antiques dealer recognized it as part of a long-missing artwork. Image courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the recovery of missing parts of a bronze sculpture that mysteriously disappeared from the Los Angeles Central Library 50 years ago.

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If the $6.5M hat isn’t Lincoln’s, why not ask for a refund?

President Abraham Lincoln pictured with a hat. Image courtesy of Holabird Western Americana Collections and LiveAuctioneers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – In 2007, Springfield’s gleaming new shrine to Abraham Lincoln was open, but it lacked touchstone pieces to show off, so organizers paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic Lincoln artifact available: one of the 16th president’s stovepipe hats.

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Portrait found in gallery’s walls verified as missing Klimt

‘Portrait of a Lady’ is an oil on canvas painting by Gustav Klimt done in 1916-17. It was acquired by the Galleria Ricci-Oddi in Piacenza in 1925. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

PIACENZA, Italy (AP) – Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery’s walls last month is Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady, which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago.

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