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NEW YORK (AP) — Conde Nast is expanding the role of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. She has been named the company's artistic director. The appointment was announced Wednesday by CEO Charles H. Townsend. Wintour's new duties include developing an overall "creative vision" for Conde Nast, which has a portfolio of 18 consumer magazines, including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Allure and GQ.
LONDON (AP) — Hilary Mantel is homing in on a clean sweep of Britain's three top literary prizes with a nomination for the Women's Prize for fiction. The novelist has already won the Booker and Costa prizes for her Tudor novel "Bring Up the Bodies." The 60-year-old writer is one of 20 candidates announced Wednesday for the Women's Prize, previously known as the Orange Prize. Nominees include previous winners Barbara Kingsolver and Zadie Smith, as well as Gillian Flynn, for her best-seller "Gone Girl."
NEW DELHI (AP) — Movie director Steven Spielberg says he chooses his work based on emotion, not business. The multiple Oscar-winning American director told Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan in a television interview aired Tuesday that he chooses to work only on films that call out to him. Spielberg is in the western city of Mumbai — the home of Bollywood — to celebrate the success of "Lincoln," which was co-produced by the Indian company Reliance Entertainment.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Talk about a baptism by fire: On the first day of Lauren Colegrove's journalism internship at Catholic News Service in Rome, the pope announced his resignation. The Villanova University junior thought she'd spend her first day filling out paperwork and undergoing orientation. Instead, she ran over to the Vatican Press Office to attend a news conference and later conducted interviews in St. Peter's Square.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals remained divided over who should be pope on Wednesday after three rounds of voting, an indication that disagreements remain about the direction of the Catholic church following the upheaval unleashed by Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation. In the second day of the conclave, thick black smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, prompting sighs of disappointment from the thousands of people gathered in a rain-soaked and chilly St. Peter's Square.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Black smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel chimney on Tuesday, signaling that cardinals had failed on their first vote of the papal conclave to choose a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and their troubled church.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Commission on Judicial Selection has recommended three candidates to replace Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson when he retires at the end of May. They include former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug and Court of Appeals Judge Edward Cleary. Both of them were central players in Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate race recount, and Lillehaug represented Gov. Mark Dayton in his 2010 recount win.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans unveiled their latest budget outline on Tuesday, sticking to their plans to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program's cost.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A mother's voice tearfully trembled as she spoke of seeing her gay son marry one day. A child plainly asked Minnesota lawmakers: "Which parent do I not need, my mom or my dad?" So went the dueling testimony Tuesday as the Legislature began formal consideration of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Votes in House and Senate committees were expected later in the day, but final legislative action could still be months away as lawmakers deal with the state budget first.
NEW YORK (AP) — Berry Gordy will be honored at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala. The organization announced Tuesday that the Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at its 44th annual induction ceremony on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The award was established last year to honor people who have "been a major influence on generations of songwriters." It was presented posthumously to Woody Guthrie.