[caption id="attachment_106772" align="alignright" width="196"] Brad Pitt speaks during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. But in the popular new film "Son of God," Jesus is so, well, easy on the eyes that some are revisiting an age-old question that has vexed scholars for centuries: Did Jesus really look like Brad Pitt, only slightly better? But those who study religion as portrayed in popular culture do note that depicting Jesus on the screen has always been a tricky business, one that balances weighty theological concerns — how divine to make the son of God, and how human? "They're probably not going to cast Jonah Hill as Jesus." Not that Hill wouldn't provide an interesting spin. More »Casting Jesus: Did he really look like Brad Pitt?
Boeing Co. said Thursday it is freezing the traditional defined-benefit pensions for 68,000 nonunion employees - including managers and executives - starting in 2016. The Chicago-based aerospace company ... More »Boeing freezing nonunion workers' pensions in 2016
A Guatemalan man claims in a lawsuit that popular Univision news host Jorge Ramos wrongly identified him as a U.S. immigration agent in a 2005 book about a fatal migrant smuggling venture, leading to death ... More »Lawsuit: Univision newscaster's book had false ID
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A man accused of stealing a South Carolina physician's identity and treating hundreds of patients, by doing checkups and prescribing drugs, pleaded guilty Tuesday. More »Man pleads guilty to stealing SC doctor's identity
LONDON (AP) — Following two days of big swings, financial markets settled down Wednesday amid further signs of an easing in tensions between Russia and Ukraine. More »Following 2 volatile days, markets settle down
The parents of an Australian journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday they were haunted and depressed by images of their son caged in a Cairo courtroom. Peter Greste is one of three Al-Jazeera English ... More »Australian parents shocked as son caged in Egypt
China on Wednesday extended its spending spree on the world's largest armed forces, unveiling a 12.2 percent increase in the defence budget for 2014 and provoking fresh concern in rival Japan. Beijing has for years been raising spending on the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in double-digit steps, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its new-found economic might and its claims in a series of territorial disputes with Tokyo and others. The spending has raised eyebrows in the region and Washington. "We will resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty, security and development interests," Premier Li Keqiang said at the opening of the Communist Party-controlled National People's Congress (NPC). More »China unveils fresh double-digit military spending boost
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The government of Panama said on Wednesday that it rejected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's "unacceptable offenses" against it after the South American oil giant broke off diplomatic and commercial ties with the Central American nation. Earlier, Maduro had used the anniversary of former President Hugo Chavez's death to sever ties with Panama, whose conservative government he accused of joining the United States in "open conspiracy" against him. (Reporting by Lomi Kriel) More »Panama says rejects Venezuelan President Maduro's "offenses"
Borussia Dortmund's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski remains a doubt for the Bundesliga trip to Freiburg on Sunday, the club said Friday. More »Lewandowski remains a doubt for Freiburg match
In advance of the February jobs report being released Friday, the U.S. economy has been skating on an icy patch. Hiring skidded in December and January to roughly half its average monthly pace of last ... More »A look at US job market on eve of February data
By Andrius Saytas and Aija Krutaine VILNIUS/RIGA (Reuters) - The Baltics fear Russia's military buildup over Ukraine will lead to Moscow sowing more trouble in their region after it curbed important exports last year and buzzed their borders, forcing NATO to scramble jets dozens of times. The former Soviet republics of Estonia and Latvia have their own large ethnic Russian minorities and are alarmed by President Vladimir Putin's justification for Russian actions in and around Ukraine as protection for Russian speakers there. While all three Baltic republics have joined NATO - and Lithuania next year should be the last of the three to adopt the euro - these small countries are largely dependent on energy from Russia and have strong trade ties. More »Ukraine crisis stokes Baltic nerves over Russia
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. (AP) — The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter that rescued a dog from ice on Lake St. Clair is giving the animal an appropriate name: "Lucky." More »Coast Guard rescues dog from ice on Lake St. Clair
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste said on Thursday they were haunted and depressed by images of him caged in an Egyptian court. More »Australian parents haunted by Egyptian court scene
Louis Vuitton, Moncler Gamme Rouge and Allude presented some of the most remarkable shows early on Wednesday, the last day of fashion week in the French capital. In what was without a doubt the most anticipated show of Paris fashion week, Nicolas Ghesquière lived up to the high expectations with his first collection for Louis Vuitton. More »Paris fashion week: highlights from the last day
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew McConaughey wins best actor Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club' More »Matthew McConaughey wins best actor Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club'
NEW YORK (AP) — Chirlane McCray, who already wields more influence than any New York City first lady in recent memory, will further expand her role when she travels to Albany next week for some high-profile lobbying for her husband's signature pre-kindergarten plan. More »APNewsBreak: NYC mayor's wife to lobby Albany