The band's statement includes an odd note of finality regarding AC/DC's longtime vocalist Brian Johnson (that "future ventures" phrase below carries a lot of weight). "AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. "We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment." The run of dates with AC/DC Axl fits between Guns N' Roses tour plans, with dates beginning May 7 in Lisbon and continuing through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark.
European soccer giants Liverpool, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain will join current English Premier League leader Leicester City in Southern California this summer to play in the International Champions Cup. The 10-team tournament -- which will also feature Spain's Real Madrid and Barcelona, German champion Bayern Munich, and Italy's A.C. Milan and Inter Milan -- kicks off July 23 in Scotland while the U.S. games begin the following day with PSG playing Inter Milan in Eugene, Ore. The Rose Bowl game, scheduled for July 27, will match English clubs Liverpool and Chelsea. A second Southern California game, set for July 30, will feature PSG and Leicester City. The site for that game has not be determined.
In 1545, the Mary Rose warship drifted to the bottom of the Solent, a slither of sea that separates the Isle of Wight from mainland England. It was rediscovered in 1971 and carefully salvaged in 1982, triggering a major preservation project in the city of Portsmouth. Now, you can examine some of the vessel's remains -- including the skull of a thirty-something carpenter -- in your browser, for free. The 3D models are part of a project called Virtual Tudors, which hopes to challenge the long-held belief that osteological bone examinations need to be conducted in person. The new site is split into public and research sections.
Shopping can speak volumes about a person, and the revelations are particularly interesting when the setting is the treasure trove of the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena and that someone is French footwear and accessories designer Christian Louboutin, who likes to sync his trips to Los Angeles with the monthly bazaar. After all, the 53-year-old designer has plenty of rooms to furnish. He boasts a fishing cottage in Lisbon; a palace in Aleppo, Syria; a houseboat on the Nile River in Egypt; a 13th-century castle in the Vendée in France; and homes in cities including Paris and Los Angeles. Along with his many homes, he also has 132 and counting Christian Louboutin boutiques in 32 countries -- No. 133 is slated to open in Honolulu in August, followed by new locations in Paris, Tokyo and Houston by October. Louboutin says he is intimately involved in decorating each one.
STOCKHOLM – Rising tensions worldwide helped push up military expenditure in 2015, the first increase after four years of declining spending, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report published Tuesday, with Japan moving up a notch to become the world's eighth biggest spender. For the full-year 2015, world military spending totaled 1.67 trillion, a rise of 1 percent from the previous year. The increase was attributed primarily to an increase in spending in Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, while the decline in spending in the West was leveling off, SIPRI said. The United States remains far ahead of other countries as the world's biggest spender on its armed forces. Washington's military spending budget of 596 billion was down by 2.4 percent from the previous year, a smaller decline than in recent years.