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This Sept. 22, 2014 photo made available by Professor Jonathan Petropolous shows Camille Pissarro's 1897 Impressionist masterpiece, "Rue Saint-Honoré, dans l'après-midi. Effet de pluie," during an examination at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. In the 16-year battle over this priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust in 1939, the Jewish couple had to surrender their masterpiece in exchange for their lives. What they disagree on is who owns the painting now. Are the owners the descendants of Cassirer or the Spanish museum that acquired the painting decades ago in good faith. On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, the case will be argued in a federal appeals court. (Jonathan Petropolous via AP)

Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

In the epic, 16-year battle over a priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust, they surrendered their Camille Pissarro masterpiece in exchange for their lives. The Jewish couple traded the ...

In this Nov. 15, 2016 photo, inaugural preparations continue on the West Front of Capitol Hill in Washington, looking at the National Mall and Washington Monument. One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up, whether it’s to celebrate or commiserate.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's inauguration set to test nation's readiness to heal

One thing you can count on during inauguration season in Washington: People of all stripes will find a reason to show up — whether it's to celebrate or commiserate. There are parties and protests to attend, stars to gawk at, receptions to be worked, deals to be done, drinks to ...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. New Mexico's grinding budget crisis is taking a visible toll in courtrooms where overburdened attorneys have denied legal counsel to poor defendants, at museums reeling from layoffs and admission hikes, and at state universities and colleges grappling with steep spending cuts. A prolonged downturn in oil and natural gas markets continued to ripple through New Mexico's economy over the summer and into the fall, undermining state tax revenues. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

New Mexico budget crisis rears its head in courts, colleges

New Mexico's grinding budget crisis is taking a toll in courtrooms where overburdened attorneys have denied legal counsel to poor defendants, at museums reeling from layoffs and admission hikes, and at state universities and colleges grappling with steep spending cuts. A prolonged downturn in oil and natural gas markets continued ...

Coffins carrying LaMia flight crew members who died in a plane crash are carried by soldiers to a hearse at the Viru Viru airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. Victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes were flown home Friday as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted because of a possible fuel shortage. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

The U.S. could downgrade the country's aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to this week's crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, Bolivia's Defense Minister said Saturday. As investigators probe what caused the crash that killed all but six of the 77 people ...

The stone walls are all that stands of the Roaring Fork Baptist Church in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, following the devastating wildfires from Monday night, Nov. 28. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP)

Dazed Tennessee residents get first look at wildfire rubble

Charlotte Moore needed a phone charger. "I'll just get it at home," she shrugged. Then she remembered that her home was gone. The realization came as she made the familiar drive up to the top of Laurel Mountain in the Roaring Fork neighborhood of Gatlinburg on Friday, where what lay ...

Miami mega-mall plan: economic miracle or mirage?

American Dream Miami sees its plan for a massive retail theme park in Northwest Miami-Dade as a historic boost to the county's economy, employing nearly 15,000 people and providing enough over-the-top attractions to rival Orlando. But opponents call the pitch less of a dream and more of a mirage, arguing ...

US approves flights by Norwegian Air Shuttle subsidiary

Discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has won permission from federal authorities for its disputed plan to expand flights to the U.S. The decision was a defeat for several large U.S. airlines and their labor unions. They accuse Norwegian of getting around Norway's labor and tax laws by operating new flights ...

Smoke billows from the remains of a home on the northern outskirts of Gatlinburg, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.   A devastating wildfire destroyed numerous homes and buildings on Monday. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)

During first look at wildfire rubble, residents in a daze

Residents and business owners in Gatlinburg got their first look at the wildfire destruction on Friday, and many walked around the once-bustling tourist city in a daze, sobbing. They hugged each other and promised that they would stay in touch. "We love it up here so much," said Gary Moore, ...

The Latest: In wildfires, son says parents 'died happy'

The Latest on the wildfires in eastern Tennessee (all times local): 5:45 p.m. One of three brothers who were hospitalized after fleeing a wildfire that killed their parents says he believes their mom and dad died happy. Their uncle Jim Summers relayed the message from Wesley Summers, one of the ...

1st nonstop commercial flight from Beijing arrives in Vegas

A little glitz and a sampling of a Las Vegas Strip dance and acrobatic performance marked the arrival of the first direct commercial airline flight from mainland China to Las Vegas. Area elected and tourism officials, a Hainan Airlines executive, and Luo Linquan, the consul general of the People's Republic ...

Ho ho? Oh, no! It's too warm for Boston holiday wonderland

Santa Claus or Santa Thaws? Boston city officials say they're postponing the opening of a European-style "Boston Winter" outdoor wonderland because it's unseasonably warm. City Hall Plaza was being transformed into a North Pole, complete with an ice skating path tucked among chocolate fountains and wooden chalets selling Christmas ornaments. ...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016 file picture rescue personnel stand in front of trains that collided head-on near Bad Aibling, Germany.  Prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail sentence for a train dispatcher accused of negligence that led to one of the worst train crashes in Germany history earlier this year. Twelve people died and 89 people were injured when two commuter trains collided on a single track Feb. 9 near the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling,southeast of Munic. ( Photo/Matthias Schrader,file)

Prosecutors want 4 years for train dispatcher in fatal crash

Prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail sentence for a train dispatcher accused of negligence that led to one of the worst train crashes in German history this year. Twelve people died and 89 were injured when two commuter trains collided on a single track on Feb. 9 near the Bavarian ...

Woman killed in attempted robbery of New Jersey Lyft riders

Police in New Jersey are searching for a man who they say fatally shot a woman during an attempted robbery of three passengers in a vehicle operating under the ride-hailing service Lyft. Mercer County prosecutors say the incident began when the unknown assailant hopped into the back of the car ...

This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows a mountain lion, known as P-45, that is believed to be responsible for the recent killings of livestock near Malibu, Calif. Ten alpacas were killed Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at a ranch and one alpaca and a goat were killed at another ranch on Sunday. California Fish and Wildlife has issued a rancher a 10-day permit to kill a lion known as P-45, but officials of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area contend that killing a cougar preying on livestock near Malibu will not solve the problem. (National Park Service via AP)

Malibu mountain lion gets reprieve after alpacas killed

A California mountain lion placed under a death sentence for killing nearly a dozen alpacas owned by a Malibu woman was granted a reprieve Thursday when the woman announced she wouldn't act on a state-issued permit giving her the right to kill the animal. A neighbor had offered to shoot ...

Workers: Sexual harassment also rampant at Forest Service

Two months after uncovering rampant sexual harassment, bullying and other misconduct at the National Park Service, a House oversight panel says similar problems plague the Forest Service. A longtime employee at California's Eldorado National Forest said Thursday that the Forest Service "is rigged against women for reporting sexual harassment or ...

Guests take photos of Pablo Picasso's "Homme Assis," 30 January 1972, painting during the VIP opening of Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Miami Beach, Fla. This marks the 15th year that Art Basel has been held in the Miami area. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Art Basel Miami Beach festivities continue despite Zika

Miami's art world does not stop for Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Poolside parties, outdoor red carpets and blocks upon blocks of art fairs are continuing as planned this week for Art Basel Miami Beach. "The parties are happening. Everyone's here," said Ocean Drive magazine's editor in chief Jared Shapiro, who hosted a ...

Blue Print by Dutch light designer Reier Pos is seen projected on the Nautical Museum, rear, as Arco, an art work by Austrian artist Teresa Mar is seen in the foreground, both installations are part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, Netherlands, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The festival opens on Dec. 1, 2016, and ends on Jan. 22, 2017, the artworks are lit from 17:00 until 23:00, and for the Illuminade, a walking route, between 17:00 and 22:00 Central European Time. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Airbnb agrees to limit private rentals in London, Amsterdam

Airbnb will start enforcing limits to private home rentals in two popular European cities on the home-sharing platform, London and Amsterdam, the company said Thursday. The move comes amid complaints from some cities that the booming house sharing sector can lead to illegal hotels and contribute to housing shortages. In ...

FILE - In this July 22, 2013, file photo, the Canadian side of the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls are illuminated in blue to celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Officials say new energy-efficient LED lighting being unveiled Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, will provide brighter and more robust color than the halogen technology that’s been used to cast the Falls in rainbow hues for the past 20 years. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

Niagara Falls gets $4M lighting makeover; LEDs brighten view

A $4 million lighting makeover promises to dial up the wow factor of Niagara Falls at night. Officials say energy-efficient LED lighting being unveiled Thursday will provide brighter and more robust color than the halogen technology that's been used to cast the Falls in rainbow hues after dark for the ...

Neil Diamond to celebrate career with world tour

Neil Diamond took "Song Sung Blue" to the top of the charts, and now he promises to leave "no song unsung" when he takes the stage next year for a world tour. The 75-year-old singer-songwriter promises to play the highlights of his discography on his upcoming "50 Year Anniversary World ...

Prosecutor Richard Udell, left, points to a photo showing the "magic pipe" before and after it was altered, during a news conference in Miami, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. To the left is Jeremy Smart, U.K. Maritime and Coast Guard Enforcement Chief and prosecutor Thomas Watts- Fitzgerald. Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in a illegal pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the ocean. (AP Photo/Curt Anderson)

Magic pipe: Carnival's Princess pays $40M fine for sea waste

Princess Cruise Lines will pay a $40 million penalty after pleading guilty to seven federal charges in an illegal ocean pollution case that involved one ship's use of a so-called magic pipe to divert oily waste into the waters, authorities said Thursday. Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer told a news ...

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