Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access.
A full jury was seated Monday for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, and the judge pushed back opening statements until at least Thursday because of a blizzard bearing down on the region.
Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner "Boyhood."
Despite being a relative pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries.
A sick child. Buried treasure. A bit of wiggle room in honoring wedding vows. An all-important tourist project suddenly imperiled. Plus polar bears that outnumber humans, which means everyone (kids included) totes a rifle just in case.
In this photo by Shizuo Kambayashi, actor Johnny Depp kneels to give autographs to fans as he and his fiancee Amber Heard arrive at Haneda international airport in Tokyo to promote his latest film. "Mortdecai," also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor, went into wide release in the U.S. over the weekend and opens in Japan on Feb. 6. The eccentric heist comedy tanked at the box office, making an estimated $4.1 million in North America and $5.2 million elsewhere, adding to a string of duds for Depp. The actor was greeted at the airport by about 1,000 screaming fans, some of them wearing mustaches in imitation of Depp's film character.
Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes said Monday that they found wooden fragments of a casket bearing the initials "M.C." with bones in and around them in a crypt underneath the chapel of a cloistered convent in Madrid.
Satellite TV provider Dish Network made a splash this month when it unveiled an online alternative with fewer channels and a lower price tag than its regular service. The Sling TV option is aimed at people who have dropped their cable or satellite packages or never had either.
A Thomas Hart Benton painting given to a suburban Kansas City school in the 1950s has been a cause of concern for years as its value continues to grow but it is stored out of public view. Some former students who remember donating the painting want to know where it's being kept.
Feb. 1: Actor Stuart Whitman is 87. Singer Bob Shane (The Kingston Trio) is 81. Actor-comedian Garrett Morris is 78. Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 78. Singer Ray Sawyer of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show is 78. Bluegrass singer Del McCoury is 76. Actor-writer-director Terry Jones (Monty Python) is 73. Guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is 65. Actor-writer-producer Billy Mumy ("Lost in Space") is 61. Keyboardist Dwayne Dupuy of Ricochet is 50. Actress Sherilyn Fenn is 50. Singer Lisa Marie Presley is 47. Comedian Pauly Shore is 47. Drummer Patrick Wilson of Weezer is 46. Actor Michael C. Hall is 44. Rapper Big Boi of Outkast is 40. Singer Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT is 32. TV personality Lauren Conrad is 29. Actress-singer Heather Morris of "Glee" is 28. Singer Harry Styles of One Direction is 21.