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Easy Elegance, Deceitfully Simple, on NY Runways

An easy spring elegance, deceitfully simple but never sloppy, brought a bit of good clean fun to New York Fashion Week as the twice-annual round of frenzied runway shows moved into the fifth day Monday.

The secret, Carolina Herrera said, is in the details. Look to tailoring that appears simple, when it really isn't, or loose without crossing into '70s redux or boho slouch.

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Prosecutors Appeal Dismissal in Anna Nicole Case

Prosecutors who say a judge was biased against them have filed an appeal trying to reinstate three convictions against Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and her psychiatrist.

The unusual appeal filed Monday in California's 2nd District Court of Appeals says Superior Court Judge Robert Perry abused his discretion when he granted a new trial to the two defendants and dismissed the few counts on which they were convicted. A jury had acquitted them on most of 11 charges involving drug prescriptions given to the former Playboy model in the months before she died of an accidental drug overdose in February 2007.

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Michelle Williams Talks Ledger, Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams tells Vogue magazine that although life has settled since the death of her former fiance, actor Heath Ledger, it's affected all facets of her life.

The 31-year-old actress says in the magazine's October issue that experiencing loss has changed her daily interactions, career and how she acts as a parent and friend.

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Angolan Beauty Crowned Miss Universe

Leila Lopes from Angola was crowned Miss Universe Monday night, smoothly handling an interview question about what physical trait she would change if she could by stating it was her inner beauty and principles that counted most.

The 25-year-old Lopes is Angola's first winner. She beat out 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the world's biggest beauty pageant. She replaces last year's winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

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Libya Music Scene Reborn After Years of Suppression

Patriotic songs composed by Libyan rebels during their revolt against Moammar Gadhafi fill the air every evening in Benghazi's Tahrir Square. After years of censorship under his ousted regime, a new music scene is taking off.

In the seafront former parking lot which became a key symbol of the seven-month uprising, an eclectic bazaar has sprung up at which vendors sell CDs and tapes honoring the conflict's "martyrs" and extolling the "free Libya."

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Art Imitates Life in 'Dolphin Tale'

The little injured dolphin they called Winter couldn't have come along at a better time for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a rustic sea life rescue center occupying the city's old sewage treatment plant.

The nonprofit public aquarium was about ready to go belly-up at the end of 2005 when the baby bottlenose dolphin was brought there after getting her tail tightly entangled in a crab-trap line. She lived, but her tail fluke withered away, forcing the young animal to learn how to swim with just a stump and then adapt to a revolutionary prosthetic. Winter's inspirational story of perseverance made her a global media star, quadrupled attendance at the aquarium and spawned a lucrative line of toys, books and other merchandise.

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New Opera Tells Story of Sept. 11 Heroism

A continent away from where the towers fell, the horror of that September morning 10 years ago is being recreated on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House.

The attack on the World Trade Center comes in the climactic scene of "Heart of a Soldier," an earnest and at times compelling work that was given its world premiere by the San Francisco Opera on Saturday night.

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Case of Stolen Rembrandt Intrigues Art World

On the surface it looked like an open-and-shut case: A pair of thieves drop by an art exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles and, while one distracts a curator, the other snatches a valuable, centuries-old Rembrandt drawing and bolts with it.

Apparently finding the small pen-and-ink work by the Dutch master too hot to fence, the thieves had second thoughts. They abandoned it, undamaged, at a church on the other side of town.

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Britain Parties at Last Night of The Proms

Virtuoso Chinese pianist Lang Lang joined the celebrations at the Last Night of the Proms, the culmination of the world's largest classical music festival and a unique celebration of Britishness.

Concert goers partied in eccentric style at the Royal Albert Hall in London, which was packed to its 5,500 capacity Saturday night for the colorful annual event.

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Lacoste's New Artistic Director Showcases 2012 Line

A more discreet crocodile, now in silk, a touch of leather and plenty of flow: Lacoste has presented its Spring 2012 collection with a focus on women, the first under its new artistic director Felipe Oliveira Baptista.

After the show, presented at New York's annual Fashion Week Saturday, the 36-year-old creator beamed as reporters and fashion industry insiders clamored for the attention of the Portuguese designer.

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