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(MENAFN - AFP) The majority of the board of directors at American Apparel will resign under an agreement released Wednesday that was negotiated by investment firm Standard General.

The agreement creates a path forward at the struggling retailer after the company board's dismissed chief executive and founder Dov Charney on June 19 following allegations of bizarre behavior ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ever dreamt of kipping down under a blue whale For grown-ups equipped with a sleeping bag and toothbrush, the American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult-only sleepover.

The August 1 overnight adventure was so popular that it sold out within hours of being advertised at the celebrated museum opposite Central Park, home to more than 32 million ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto doesn't just spray-can walls, he takes chisels and jackhammers to them, gouging out work on the streets that go way beyond graffiti into monumental reliefs.

But for his latest work, "Dissection", he has outdone himself - slicing a Lisbon metro carriage into bits and suspending the carcass of mutilated metal from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It was one of the greatest love stories in history and now the marriage certificate that sealed the union of Napoleon and his first wife Josephine is to be sold at auction in September.

The document dated March 8, 1796, was signed by the future Napoleon I and his fiancee Marie Josephe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie, or Josephine, the Viscomtesse de Beauharnais.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Council of Europe adopted on Wednesday a new international convention to make organ trafficking a criminal offence, giving the police greater scope to hunt mafia groups involved in the trade across borders.

The new convention calls on governments to make it illegal for donors to be paid for their organs, or for organs to be removed without the person giving ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US military researchers announced Wednesday they have awarded $40 million toward developing a new kind of brain implant that may help restore memories in wounded soldiers and civilians.

The work represents a major scientific leap forward, but experts said many hurdles remain before it can be shown to work in people, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A former Swiss banker has been charged with breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws for allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities, the Zurich public prosecutor's office said Wednesday.

Rudolf Elmer, the former chief operating officer at the private bank Julius Baer's subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, has been charged with "repeated violations" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mexico's state oil company Pemex has tapped an international consortium to build a $1.2 billion natural gas pipeline linking northern and central Mexico, it said Wednesday.

The consortium awarded the concession to build the pipeline is made up of Brazil's Odebrecht, Argentina-based Techint and Mexico's Arendal.

The pipeline, called Ramones II, will be ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Credit Suisse has asked a US court to delay sentencing in its tax-evasion case as it seeks a way to continue managing pension funds worth billions of dollars.

The bank is requesting an administrative exemption from the Labor Department that would allow it to continue managing the funds despite having been found guilty on criminal charges of aiding tax evasion.

Department ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst on Wednesday closed Jean Paul Gaultier's haute couture show at Paris fashion, resplendent in a black and red vampire-themed gown.

Gaultier said he meet the bearded Austrian transvestite two years ago, joking that he voted for the singer 73 times by text in May's Eurovision song contest.

"She is bringing in a new genre ...

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