Phillies sue to block Phanatic from becoming ‘free agent’

The Phillie Phanatic entertaining the fans before a Spring Training game in Clearwater, Florida. Photo by Terry Foote, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License

NEW YORK (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent.

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Painting looted by Nazis is returned to Florence museum

A similar Jan van Huysum flower painting in the Getty Center collection; not the one stolen in World War II. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) – A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum on Friday, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries’ director, a German.

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Robert Indiana’s caretaker sues for cost of legal defense

While LOVE Park in Philadelphia undergoes renovation, Robert Indiana’s sculpture will be displayed at a temporary location. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) – The caretaker accused in a lawsuit of isolating Robert Indiana and taking advantage of him before his death is suing the pop artist’s estate for $2 million to cover his legal fees.

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Federal judge temporarily blocks Tennessee auctioneer law

William Henry Pine’s 1808 painting of a London auction tat Christie’s

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Tennessee law that requires online auctioneers to be licensed but exempts some big auction websites like eBay.

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Oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Feds want stolen Alexander Hamilton letter returned

Oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Oil on canvas portrait of Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON (AP) – A 1780 letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette stolen from the Massachusetts Archives decades ago has been found and now an effort is underway to get it back.

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The pyramids of Giza. Image by Ricardo Liberato, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Bomb hits tourist bus near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids, wounds 17

All of the six pyramids of the Giza Necropolis, near the Grand Egyptian Museum currently under construction. Image by Ricardo Liberato. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

CAIRO (AP) – A roadside bomb hit a tourist bus on Sunday near the Giza Pyramids, wounding at least 17 people including tourists, Egyptian officials said.

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Prominent New York art dealer sentenced to prison for tax fraud

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

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent New York City art dealer once accused by Alec Baldwin of fraud was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Thursday for evading over $3 million in federal taxes, a crime that left her rejected in some art circles and saying she feels like a pariah.

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Russian sentenced to prison for vandalizing Repin painting

Ilya Repin (Russian, 1844-1930), Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581. Collection of Tretyakov Gallery

MOSCOW (AP) – A court in Moscow on Tuesday sentenced a Russian man to 2 1/2 years in prison for vandalizing a famous painting by the renowned Russian artist Ilya Repin.

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LA judge rules Spanish museum can keep Nazi-looted Pissarro painting

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie (Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain), 1897. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Collection

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1992 is the work’s rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust.

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Feds seek return of painting looted by Nazis

‘An Amorous Couple’ by Pierre Louis Goudreaux. U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York image

NEW YORK (AP) – The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine during World War II.

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