SEATTLE (AP) — Investigators say a sex offender who fled Canada for Seattle has been arrested in the rape of a 69-year-old woman.
Michael Sean Stanley made news reports in 2013 when he cut off an electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet and crossed the U.S. border unchallenged. He's a U.S. citizen, and American authorities said they had no reason to arrest him. Canada decided not to request his extradition, and he registered in the U.S. as a sex offender.
The 49-year-old had a criminal record in Canada that dated back 25 years.
The King County Sheriff's Office says he was arrested Friday after entering the woman's home through a window. No weapons were used but the victim sustained what the sheriff's office described as minor injuries.
Before that, authorities say, Stanley had been checking in weekly as required.News Topics: General news, Sexual assault, Violent crime, Arrests, Crime, Law and order
People, Places and Companies: Canada, Seattle, Washington, United States, North America
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Apologies didn't sway a Nevada judge who sentenced a man on Monday to four to 10 years in prison for setting fire to a pet shop where 27 puppies and dogs were rescued after sprinklers doused flames.
Kirk Bills turned to family members and animal rights advocates in the courtroom and said he wished he could take back what he had done.
But Judge David Barker said Bills acted "hand in hand" with former shop owner Gloria Eun Hye Lee, who Barker sentenced last week to five to 14 years in prison for arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty in the January 2014 fire.
"You're the one who chose to light the match," the judge told Bills. "You couldn't have possibly not known those were living creatures in these cages."
Defense attorney Roger Bailey asked for leniency and a two-to-five year sentence.
Bailey said that with good behavior behind bars and time already served in jail, Bills could be eligible for parole by 2018.News Topics: General news, Commercial fires, Dogs, Arson, Fires, Accidents and disasters, Mammals, Animals, Crime
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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Award-winning American singer and songwriter John Legend has taken the stage in Bahrain, performing to a sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people despite calls by some activists to cancel the concert due to concerns over human rights abuses in the Gulf Arab nation.
The concert Monday night was guarded by several anti-riot police vehicles outside the entrance to the historic open-air Arad Fort in Bahrain's capital.
Several prominent Bahraini activists took to Twitter ahead of the concert to urge Legend boycott the annual Spring of Culture festival, organized by the government.
Legend, who has spoken out in support of freedom of expression and issues of civil rights in the United States, said in a statement that he believes showing up and participating in the conversation can also drive progress.News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Rhythm and blues, Concerts, Celebrity causes, Human rights and civil liberties, Boycotts, Celebrity, Social issues, Social affairs, Political and civil unrest
People, Places and Companies: John Legend, Bahrain, Manama, Middle East
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was pleased after throwing his first batting practice session.
The Japanese right-hander threw 25 pitches Monday.
"As for the first time, I think it went well," Tanaka said through an interpreter.
Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
"I tried not to go too hard today," Tanaka said. "The reason is, it's natural once you get on the mound and once you're facing batters you want to go hard. That's what I was thinking on the mound."
Tanaka said there have been no issues with the elbow.
"I understand that everybody's worried about the elbow and I understand too that I have to be cautious about it as well, but so far it's been good," Tanaka said.
Tanaka threw five or six split-finger fastballs.
"I'm pretty satisfied with how the ball was moving," he said.
Tanaka will likely throw batting practice again or take part in a simulated game later this week.News Topics: Sports, MLB Spring Training, MLB baseball, Events, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports
People, Places and Companies: Masahiro Tanaka, New York City, New York, United States, North America
NEW YORK (AP) — Not many theater directors have the range to do a play with a foul-mouthed hand puppet and then one with a whiff of film noir. Moritz Von Stuelpnagel can do both — in the same season.
Von Stuelpnagel, the artistic director of the downtown Studio 42 company, is directing two works that seem to have little in common: "Verite," a thriller starring Anna Camp currently at Lincoln Center, and "Hand to God," a gothic comedy starring a sock puppet that's coming to Broadway this month.
He originally planned for a career as a graphic designer, but soon fell in love with the collaborative nature of theater. Von Stuelpnagel got a master's from Rutgers University, was the associate director for Broadway's Tony-nominated "Cry-Baby" and has strong ties with The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
The Associated Press asked him about his process, his attitude and why he thinks the theater is thriving.
AP: What do you see as the role of a director is?
Von Stuelpnagel: A director becomes, over the course of the process, a stand-in for the audience. I have to listen and respond in the way that I imagine the audience will respond. And it is a particular skill, I think, to always be watching with fresh eyes and yet also be watching from the actor's perspective — do we feel like the actions and motivations of the characters feel truthful?
AP: How do you handle actors?
Von Stuelpnagel: I like my actors to feel very empowered as much as possible. I think that they respond especially well when they feel very clear about what they're doing. In the same way that I think a coach works with a team, the entire team needs to be clear about what their role is and then they need to be empowered in the moment to just be able to go and do it. I look for places where they feel unsure and I try to bolster them with clarity or an exciting challenge.
AP: Are you a director who likes to go big — fire, helicopters, explosions?
Von Stuelpnagel: I don't like to paint with colors that feel broader than the thing requires. There are plenty of directors who love to make these paint-outside-the-line choices but I actually feel I like to be succinct and honor the play as simply as possible. It's funny because the plays I'm doing aren't simple and yet I try to do them with as much simplicity as I can and yet have them seem satisfying.
AP: People worry about the state of theater. Do you?
Von Stuelpnagel: I don't know that I believe that it's dying. It's not in terms of the volume of work that we're putting into the world, in terms of the number of new plays, in terms of the financial statistics. I think everyone's always struggling, so it FEELS like the theater is dying and we feel underappreciated. But actually I feel like the theater is thriving.
AP: You've gone this season from noir to puppetry, drama and comedy all rolled up into one. That's quite a range.
Von Stuelpnagel: I'm always looking to balance the darkness with comedy and the lightness within drama. For example, both 'Hand to God' and 'Verite' are pretty dark, ultimately. My hope is that by investing in the characters, it actually becomes funnier. I think that, in life, everyone is on their personal battle. Obviously, some people have it worse. But everyone is out there suffering and struggling and wrestling with some degree with self-loathing. To be able to acknowledge that honestly — that, to me, lets us laugh at it, too.
AP: For you, what makes a good night out?
Von Stuelpnagel: I believe that your evening at the theater should unfold with a number of surprises throughout the evening and, when it works best, those surprises are by virtue of the virtuosity of the players — performers, designers, all of it. They should surprise you not with haphazard randomness, but with something that is a pleasing revelation.
Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitsNews Topics: Arts and entertainment, Celebrity, Entertainment, Theater, Performing arts
People, Places and Companies: Anna Camp
NEW YORK (AP) — Daytime television's most popular personality, "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, has extended her contract for three years and will keep her court in session into 2020.
CBS Television Distribution didn't discuss terms of the deal on Monday. TV Guide has reported her current salary at $47 million a year — making her by far the highest-paid personality on television. Sheindlin is 72.
The new deal also gives CBS first look at any projects by Sheindlin's production company, which makes the new court show "Hot Bench."
"Judge Judy" is now in its 19th season. It averages more than 10 million viewers an episode, tops in daytime television for the past five years.News Topics: Arts and entertainment, Television programs, Entertainment, Television, Media
People, Places and Companies: Judith Sheindlin
RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Armed robbers stole $4 million in gold on Sunday from a truck traveling from Florida to Massachusetts, authorities said Monday.
The two security guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate highway about 6 p.m. Sunday after their vehicle began having mechanical problems, the sheriff's office said.
They were then approached by three armed men driving a white van who ordered the guards to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and then marched them into nearby woods. The robbers then unloaded barrels filled with gold and made their getaway, according to a statement.
The office of Sheriff Calvin Woodard, Jr., did not respond to messages seeking additional information, such as the type of vehicle the gold was being hauled in or what type of weapons were used. No detailed description of the suspects or their vehicle was released.
Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Charlotte field office, said agents are assisting the local sheriff and are working to determine whether a federal crime has been committed.
Messages seeking comment from Transvalue were not immediately returned. According to its website, the company specializes in transporting cash, precious metals, gems and jewelry in armored trucks.
Follow Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseckNews Topics: General news, Armored vehicles and vehicle parts, Robbery, Aerospace and defense industry, Industrial products and services, Industries, Business, Theft, Crime
People, Places and Companies: North Carolina, United States, North America
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Football Association has appointed Hector Cuper, from Argentina, as the new manager of its national team.
The 59-year old previously led the Emirati al-Wasl club, and the Spanish Racing de Santander. The appointment was announced on Monday.
Cuper takes over a squad that won the African Nations' Cup a record seven times but failed to qualify for the last three editions of the biannual tournament.
Egypt's team has been without a fulltime manager since American Bob Bradley quit in late 2013 after he failed to take the Pharaohs to the World Cup in Brazil.
Egyptian soccer suffered a massive setback when more than 70 soccer fans were killed in post-match violence in 2012. Last month, 20 fans died in a stampede outside a stadium as police fired tear gas.News Topics: General news, Sports, International soccer, Soccer, Men's soccer, Men's sports, Professional soccer
People, Places and Companies: Bob Bradley, Egypt, Argentina, Middle East, North Africa, Africa, South America, Latin America and Caribbean
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the powerful Revolutionary Guard has massively monitored activities on Facebook accounts of Iranian members of the social network.
Monday's report quotes a statement by the Guard's cyber security division as saying it has tracked "likes" by 8 million Facebook users.
It accuses Facebook of trying to attract users to "immoral pages" with "obscene content" through its suggestion system. It says Facebook openly supports pages that violate the Islamic dress code for women.
The Guard also says authorities detained two Iranian users of who were active in managing porn and creating fake profiles.
Iran occasionally makes these announcements. It banned Facebook and many other social networks following the 2009 disputed presidential election.
Many Iranians have still access to the networks through proxies and VPNs.News Topics: General news, Social media, Online media, Media
People, Places and Companies: Iran, Middle East
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Mint has unveiled a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that will soon appear on coins.
The portrait — a side profile of the 88-year-old monarch wearing a crown and drop earrings — is only the fifth to have been created during the queen's reign over six decades.
Gordon Summers, the chief engraver at the Royal Mint, said the task was "probably one of the most difficult things for any artist or sculptor to do."
Coins featuring the new design go into production Monday, though they won't begin to be circulated until later in the year.
Although portraits of the queen have changed over time, a tradition that has remained constant is that the queen is always shown facing right.News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news
People, Places and Companies: Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian parliament has approved a new spy chief who has named the fight against corruption and cyber security in Ukraine as his priorities.
Lawmakers voted 498-15 in favor of installing Eduard Hellvig to the post. The previous chief resigned after criticizing the country's top court for rejecting security laws that allowed the government to collect data on people without court approval.
Hellvig, 40, on Monday spoke of "the tense geostrategic situation" in eastern Europe and said NATO member Romania is providing cyber security for Ukraine.
The former European Parliament lawmaker takes over the agency at a challenging time. It is roiling from accusations that a senior official meddled in the presidential electoral campaign, something the official denied in a parliamentary hearing.News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Legislature
People, Places and Companies: Romania, Eastern Europe, Europe
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors are urging a U.S. jury to convict a Pakistani man on charges he was part of a terror conspiracy to attack targets in America and Europe.
Jurors began hearing closing arguments Monday at the trial of Abid Naseer in federal court in New York City.
Naseer testified last week that emails he wrote in 2009 contained innocent banter about women he met while studying in Manchester, England. But prosecutors claim that the names of women were code for bomb ingredients in a failed al-Qaida attack on a shopping mall.
Nasser was extradited from Britain in 2013 and is representing himself at the trial. He was to give his closing argument following one by an assistant U.S. attorney.News Topics: General news, Trials, Terrorism, Terrorist attacks, Legal proceedings, Juries, Law and order, War and unrest
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ZEIST, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch candidate for the FIFA presidency says he wants to increase transparency at global football's governing body, send more money to national federations and boost the number of teams at the World Cup from 32 to 40.
Royal Netherlands Football Association Chairman Michael van Praag made the pledges Monday as he asked the Dutch FA to foot the 394,538-euro ($440,977) bill for his campaign to oust FIFA President Sepp Blatter following May's election.
Van Praag briefly outlined his bid to "normalize" FIFA before rushing to catch a plane to Paraguay, where he will lobby members of the South American football federation for their support.
He said future 40-team World Cups should include automatic berths for host nations and the defending champion and an extra team from each confederation.News Topics: Sports, Presidential elections, FIFA World Cup, Men's soccer, Professional soccer, International soccer, Sports governance, Elections, Soccer, National elections, Government and politics, Events, Men's sports
People, Places and Companies: Michael van Praag, Sepp Blatter, Netherlands, Western Europe, Europe
NEW YORK (AP) — Ming-Na Wen says although she may play ace pilot and weapons expert Melinda May on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the television series about the Marvel Comics organization has become her arsenal for getting her children to think she's cool.
"They love the show," says Wen. She says when her 9-year-old son Cooper Dominic saw the show debut at San Diego Comic Con in 2013, "he was like, 'Mom! I didn't know you could fly a plane. That is so cool!"
Wen says her son and her 14-year-old daughter Michaela are especially amazed because her kick-butt TV persona is so very different from the mom they know — a "girlie girl" who loves wearing sundresses. "I laugh all the time and I'm always smiling and Mommy's the one that does the cooking and Mommy's a klutz," she says.
The 51-year-old actress says her kids' rave reviews are the best she could ask for. "For me, my career could be over right then and there and I'd be happy."
Wen says she's also excited about the remainder of the show's second season, which returns from its winter hiatus Tuesday at 9 p.m. She says the series picks up right where it left off —focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Skye Johnson, who fans have learned is an Inhuman, Marvel's name for a fictional race of superhumans that appears in various Marvel comic books.
She says the introduction of the Inhumans brings a new element to the show that "fans have been dying for, to have some characters with superpowers."
Follow Lauri Neff on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lneffistNews Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Celebrity, Entertainment, Animation and comics
People, Places and Companies: Ming-Na
BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Results Sunday from the Women's Combined at Bansko
1. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 2 minutes, 05.06 seconds.
2. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 2:05.45.
3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 2:06.12.
4. Margot Bailet, France, 2:06.49.
5. Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada, 2:06.76.
6. Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 2:06.88.
7. Wendy Holdener, Switzerland, 2:06.89.
8. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 2:07.00.
9. Romane Miradoli, France, 2:07.04.
10. Francesca Marsaglia, Italy, 2:07.42.
11. Denise Feierabend, Switzerland, 2:07.51.
12. Julia Mancuso, United States, 2:07.65.
13. Ramona Siebenhofer, Austria, 2:07.66.
14. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 2:07.87.
15. Johanna Schnarf, Italy, 2:07.91.
16. Vanja Brodnik, Slovenia, 2:08.30.
17. Laurenne Ross, United States, 2:08.53.
18. Elena Curtoni, Italy, 2:08.75.
19. Cornelia Huetter, Austria, 2:09.10.
20. Anne-Sophie Barthet, France, 2:09.16.
21. Mirjam Puchner, Austria, 2:10.04.
22. Priska Nufer, Switzerland, 2:10.08.
23. Ana Bucik, Slovenia, 2:10.66.
24. Klara Krizova, Czech Republic, 2:12.61.
25. Greta Small, Austria, 2:13.30.
26. Jacqueline Wiles, United States, 2:13.40.
27. Nevena Ignjatovic, Serbia, 2:13.60.
___World Cup Standings After 1 of 1 races
1. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 100 points.
2. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 80.
3. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 60.
4. Margot Bailet, France, 50.
5. Marie-Michele Gagnon, Canada, 45.
6. Dominique Gisin, Switzerland, 40.
7. Wendy Holdener, Switzerland, 36.
8. Michaela Kirchgasser, Austria, 32.
9. Romane Miradoli, France, 29.
10. Francesca Marsaglia, Italy, 26.
___Overall World Cup Standings
1. Tina Maze, Slovenia, 1145 points.
2. Anna Fenninger, Austria, 1101.
3. Mikaela Shiffrin, United States, 750.
4. Lindsey Vonn, United States, 706.
5. Kathrin Zettel, Austria, 586.
6. Viktoria Rebensburg, Germany, 573.
7. Frida Hansdotter, Sweden, 506.
8. Elisabeth Goergl, Austria, 496.
9. Lara Gut, Switzerland, 488.
10. Nicole Hosp, Austria, 455.News Topics: Women's alpine skiing, Women's skiing, Skiing, Alpine skiing, Women's sports, Sports
People, Places and Companies: Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France, Slovenia, Western Europe, Europe, Eastern Europe
LONDON (AP) — English Premier League club Sunderland says midfielder Adam Johnson has been suspended after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16.
The 27-year-old England international was due to join up with the Sunderland squad on Monday before a Premier League game at Hull on Tuesday.
But Sunderland said in a statement: "Adam Johnson has been suspended from the club, pending the outcome of a police investigation."
Johnson's arrest was first reported by The Sun newspaper and the BBC.
Asked about the arrest, police in Durham, north east England said Monday: "A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16."News Topics: Sports, Celebrity legal affairs, Celebrity, Men's soccer, Arrests, Professional soccer, Soccer, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Men's sports, Law and order, General news, Crime
People, Places and Companies: Adam Johnson, United Kingdom, England, Western Europe, Europe
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece says Turkey has withdrawn a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swathe of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers until the end of the year.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Constantinos Koutras said Monday that Turkey has withdrawn the Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, which it had issued to reserve extensive airspace over the Aegean Sea for military use from March 2 to Dec. 31.
Greece had complained about the planned manoeuvers, which it said would have intruded into Greek airspace, interfered with traffic to two regional airports and affected two international air traffic routes.
Although they are NATO allies, Greece and Turkey are traditional rivals and have been at odds for decades over territorial issues in the Aegean Sea, including over airspace and territorial waters.News Topics: General news, Troop withdrawals, War and unrest
People, Places and Companies: Turkey, Greece, Aegean Sea, Middle East, Western Europe, Europe
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In a meeting that marks a thaw in diplomatic ties, King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday discussed regional issues such as the ongoing war in Syria, Iran nuclear talks and turmoil in Yemen.
Relations between the two countries had become tense under the late Saudi King Abdullah, largely due to Erdogan's stinging criticism of Egypt's military-led ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates branded Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group a terrorist organization, while Turkey and its ally Qatar welcomed Brotherhood figures seeking refuge.
Senior Saudi royals and top Turkish ministers, including the deputy prime minister, foreign minister and minister of economy took part in the talks in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency reported without disclosing further details. The king has held similar talks aimed at sharing his policy views with a number of world leaders since ascending to the throne in January.
A day earlier, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met in Riyadh with the newly enthroned Saudi king. In an interview with Al-Arabiya news channel prior to his visit, el-Sissi — who was Egypt's military chief during Morsi's ouster and led the crackdown against his Islamist supporters — said Turkey "needed to halt its interference in Egypt."
Despite Saudi Arabia's support for el-Sissi, the kingdom and Turkey agree on a number of regional issues, particularly Syria. Both are supporters of Sunni rebels in Syria seeking to topple Iranian-backed President Bashar Assad. Saudi Arabia is part of the U.S.-led coalition striking Islamic State group fighters in Iraq and Syria, but the kingdom has said the aim of its airstrikes is also to empower Syrian rebels against Assad.
Erdogan was last in Saudi Arabia in January for Abdullah's funeral. Before meeting with Salman, he performed the Islamic pilgrimage in Mecca and prayed at the first mosque built by the Prophet Muhammad in Medina.News Topics: General news, International relations, Islam, Religion and politics, Government and politics, Religion, Social affairs, Religious issues, Social issues
People, Places and Companies: Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Mohamed Morsi, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Bashar Assad, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Middle East, Riyadh, Western Europe, Europe
MILAN (AP) — The final day highlights of Armani and DSquared2 always make a rather odd pairing, representing in many ways the two poles of Milan fashion.
Armani, who celebrates 40 years of his fashion brand this year, was a founding protagonist of the Milan fashion scene, and has made a name for himself by creating enduring looks, with a focus on detailing and elegance, not flash-by trends.
Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian twins behind the DSquared2 label, are on the more extravagant end of the fashion spectrum, with audacious styles that cross the border into camp.
What they share is a vision for Milan that they are willing to invest in.
Armani is the fashion world's ambassador to the world Expo 2015 opening May 1 in Milan, using his renown to promote the event to the fashion crowd. He is currently working on a retrospective exhibit to open on the eve of the world's fair opening, along with a runway show of his greatest hits.
The Caten twins last year opened the rooftop restaurant Ceresio 7, which has quickly become one of the city's hippest restaurants. With two swimming pools and a view of Milan's new quarter of futuristic skyscrapers, it will be one of the places to see and be seen by the visiting Expo crowd.
Highlights from the last of six days of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter during Milan Fashion Week, which ended Monday.
Sometimes Armani comes up with something so new, refreshing and inventive that not even he knows what to call it.
So it was with a new trouser silhouette that on top resembled a sweeping skirt in the shape of a pair of tulip petals, then melded seamlessly into a tight-fitting pant-leg. They were paired with pretty swing coats, some decorated crystals, or a sloping high-collar sweater that had the effect of a contemporary casual poncho.
Pants were so much on Armani's mind that of the more than 80 looks he sent out, fewer than 10 were skirts or dresses.
A velvet evening version working a skirt into the trouser was paired with tops of swirling chiffon or cropped jackets, while pants with a cummerbund waistline highlighted the crystal-dotted bustier. The looks were complemented by shimmery, but not metallic, long-fringe shawls.
For Armani, the black evening pant is the season's must-have. But when the occasion calls for a dress, there were long printed slip dresses with a diagonal band of black velvet sloping down to the hem and an eye-catching strapless chiffon dresses in red or cotton-candy pink with ruffled detailing at the bodice.
Giorgio Armani's looks for next winter were infused with a gentleness inspired by paintings by Chagall, whose work was shown in a retrospective that closed recently in Milan.
While many runways favored dramatic geographic lines, Armani chose a softer optical effect, a bleeding of one color into the other that the designer said was a nod to Chagall. The print of choice was a blur or color, giving the effect nearly of an aurora borealis of red, pink, black and gray.
A Chagall work inspired another detail, pretty feminine collars suggestive of a French school girl. Rounded or slightly squared, the collars could also be worn alone, as in unattached to a shirt or coat, as an accessory.
"There is a painting by Chagall with one or two women with big white collars," Armani said. "I was hit by this sense of innocence."
OLD WORLD-NEW WORLD
The staging of DSquared2's runway show suggested a more sober collection. That was not to be.
Models strode down an elegant zig-zag staircase lit up in shifting shades of purple to pink to gray. They did not emerge, as has been the rule, from the sort of elaborate sets illustrating the stories behind recent collections.
The clothes, however, clearly told a tale.
The looks were an eclectic mix of Native American dress mixed with European colonial-era attire, suggestive of conquest on many levels.
An elaborate admiral's short-coat was worn over a boudoir-ready ruffle blouse and big-pocket jodhpur pants, while a military coat thrown over a laced-up mini-dress suggested trophy.
And so the collision of world's pairings continued, with cropped trousers bearing golden sailor stripes worn with a feather-bedecked vest or fur coat with Native American symbols and an oversized hood. The larger-than-life hoods were seen previously in DSquared's menswear collection.
Many looks were laden with enough jewels to have purchased Manhattan at the going rate of the day.
Sheer graphic body-wear printed with native patterns suggested body paint or tattoos on any bare skin available. The collection, disciplined and brimming with luxury, closed with a pair of billowing evening dresses with a colonial-era lady-of-the-night sexiness.News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Lifestyle, Celebrity, Fashion, Entertainment, Beauty and fashion, Fashion shows, Fashion design
People, Places and Companies: Giorgio Armani, Milan, Italy, Western Europe, Europe
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner plans to give Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a bust of Winston Churchill when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress about the danger of a nuclear-armed Iran.
The gift was chosen because Netanyahu and the former prime minister of Britain are the only foreign leaders who have addressed Congress three separate times.
The speech on Tuesday is controversial because Boehner invited Netanyahu to appear at a time when international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program are at a critical juncture.
Netanyahu told a Jewish lobby group on Monday that his speech is not intended to inject Israel into American political debate, yet some Democrats plan to skip his address.
Boehner also has invited former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.News Topics: General news, Government and politics
People, Places and Companies: John Boehner, Benjamin Netanyahu, Winston Churchill, Newt Gingrich, Elie Wiesel, Israel, United States, Middle East, North America