Native groups protest planned French auction of artifacts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Native American leaders are protesting the latest plan by a Paris auction house to sell off part of their tribal history, and their demand for the return of their ceremonial objects is getting bipartisan support.

  • Written by MATT BARAKAT, Associated Press MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press

Feds: 5 arrested, accused of scam posing as IRS agents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department has arrested five people in Miami accused of posing as IRS agents in telephone calls and demanding immediate payment of overdue taxes, a scheme that netted them an estimated $2 million, a top official said Tuesday.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Friends, Romans: Help restore Rome's ruins, monuments

ROME (AP) — Friends, Romans, countrymen! Oh yes, and countrywomen. And people in far-flung nations. Everyone, basically. Rome is seeking all the sponsors it can find to fund the monumental job of restoring and maintaining its hundreds of fountains, statues, archaeological sites and historic palazzos.

  • Written by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Unnamed 'Oxygen Thief' becomes self-published success

NEW YORK (AP) — The fair-skinned man with the hoodie and dark ski cap sits on a bench outside McNally Jackson Books in downtown Manhattan, where neither patrons nor employees seem aware that he's the author of a work so in demand at the store that it's often out of stock.

  • Written by HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer