NEW YORK (AP) - Radio talk host Michael Smerconish is jumping from traditional talk radio to satellite. Smerconish joins SiriusXM next month. A political independent who changed his registration from Republican three years ago, Smerconish said Wednesday that traditional talk radio has become dominated by incivility and predictable ideological opinions. He said political talk radio hasn't heeded his warnings that it is becoming "too white, too male, too angry and too old" to attract new listeners. Smerconish's show will air in the mornings on the satellite operator's P.O.T.U.S. channel and be repeated in the evening.
Marvel Entertainment's renowned heroes are in an unfamiliar and unsettling position in the publisher's just released "Age of Ultron" miniseries: defeated, demoralized and desperate.
After years of well-placed warnings that have gone unheeded, the ever-adaptive artificial intelligence that is Ultron has come out on top, turning the planet into a dystopian landscape that is wrecked beyond compare with technology at the top of the food chain.
It is, says writer Brian Michael Bendis, a reckoning of sorts with the Marvel universe "destroyed" and "half the heroes dead and half the world is dead."
Bendis says the 10-issue limited series will stretch the limit of Marvel's heroes, including Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and others, and says nothing and no one is sacred.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Former NBA star Dennis Rodman may be the only American ever to have met and spent time with North Korea's reclusive leader but U.S Secretary of State John Kerry isn't giving him any diplomatic kudos.
Kerry said Tuesday that the ex-Chicago Bulls player "was a great basketball player, and as a diplomat, he was a great basketball player."
"That's where we'll leave it," he told NBC News in an interview in Qatar, where he is wrapping up a nine-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East
Rodman made headlines last week with a visit to hermetic North Korea, sat next to youthful autocrat Kim Jong Un at an exhibition basketball game and gave the dictator, who threatens to end the truce with South Korea, several compliments about his leadership.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge in Connecticut has again ruled that competitive cheerleading is not a sport, and Quinnipiac University remains under an injunction that requires the school to keep its women's volleyball team.
Several volleyball players and their coach successfully sued the university in 2009 after it announced it would eliminate volleyball for budgetary reasons and replace it with a competitive cheer squad. The judge issued the injunction at that time.
On Monday, the judge ruled that upgrades to cheerleading - now called acrobatics and tumbling - still do not make it a sport, and said that even with the addition of a women's rugby team, the school must keep volleyball out of Title IX restraints that ban sex discrimination in federally funded school programs, including sports.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History has an addition to its famous gem collection: It's a butterfly brooch made of 2,300 gems.
The "Royal Butterfly Brooch" was created in 2009 by Taiwanese jewelry artist Cindy Chao. She is donating the piece to the museum, making it the first Taiwanese-designed item in the National Gem Collection. It goes on display Wednesday.
The Royal Butterfly is composed of 2,328 gems, totaling 77 carats. It includes colored and color-changing sapphires and diamonds, rubies and tsavorite garnets. The centerpieces of the butterfly's wings are four large-faceted diamond slices.
Curators say it sparkles in daylight but under ultraviolet light in the dark, it glows. Chao put its value at $680,000.
The butterfly joins the Hope Diamond and Marie Antoinette earrings on display.
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