New York — Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment of a suspected drug overdose on Sunday, law enforcement officials said. He was 46. The enigmatic star, who was hailed as the finest character actor of his generation, won an Oscar in 2006 as best actor for "Capote" and was nominated for three further Academy Awards. "It appears to be an alleged overdose," one police official told AFP. The actor was found on the bathroom floor with a syringe in his arm, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, the officer added. "Two glassine envelopes contained alleged heroin," another officer told AFP. There were no pills and no sign that the actor had been drinking, the first officer had said earlier. Law enforcement officials refused to comment further until after the arrival and report of the medical examiner. Hoffman, whose two-decade career made him one of the most liked and respected actors in Hollywood, leaves behind his partner, costume … [Read more...] about Oscar-winning actor found dead in New York apartment
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New York art dealers might need to pull out marker pens and add zeros to their price tags during Asia Week sales starting this week in auction houses and galleries across the city. A man views an anonymous 17th century Japanese screen from the late Momoyama-early Edo period, part of Christie's sale of Japanese and Korean Art March 21 during Asian Art Week. New York art dealers might need to pull out marker pens and add zeros to their price tags during Asia Week sales starting this week in auction houses and galleries across the city. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda) Once a backwater of the international market, Asian art -- particularly Chinese -- has boomed in popularity. Asia Week, which opened Friday and runs through March 24, will see leading rivals Sotheby's and Christie's, as well as smaller houses and individual galleries, focusing on everything from bold contemporary Indian paintings to classical Chinese ceramics. "Our last five years we've seen an astonishing boom, a push into a … [Read more...] about New York art’s Asia Week set for big sales
Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the nation's eastern seaboard on Tuesday, swamping New York City streets with record levels of floodwater, blacking out power to millions of people and bringing transportation to a halt through much of the region. … [Read more...] about New York paralyzed as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign. … [Read more...] about Floods across New York as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Gushing water compounded meltdown at John F Kennedy International Airport, where furious passengers have camped out for days as a result of equipment damaged by the storm and a backlog of flights.Water poured from the ceiling and the arrivals area was submerged by standing water, through which a few intrepid passengers picked their way gingerly, according to footage broadcast by CNN.International flights into Terminal 4 were suspended and the water main break occurred just before 2.00pm (3.00am Singapore time Monday), said a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that runs the airport.The west end of Terminal four lay under about eight centimetres of water, where maintenance crews were mopping up, with police and fire crews on site, the spokesman told AFP.The cause of the break is being investigated, he added.JFK confirmed the water main break at Terminal 4 and warned passengers via Twitter of flight delays, advising them to check with their airline … [Read more...] about New York airport terminal flooded as brutal cold grips US east coast