LONDON (AP) - For fans of the boy wizard, this could be the most coveted copy of all the "Harry Potter" books in the world.
A first edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and original illustrations fetched 150,000 pounds ($228,000) at a London auction on Tuesday.
Sotheby's said the work, offered as part of a charity book sale jointly organized with the English PEN writers' association, was sold to an anonymous bidder by telephone.
Rowling peppered the book with many personal annotations, including editorial decisions, comments on the process of writing and a note on how she came to create the game of Quidditch.
She also drew about two dozen illustrations in the copy, including a sleeping baby Harry on a door step and an Albus Dumbledore Chocolate Frog card.
As part of the fundraising event, Rowling and dozens of other best-selling author were asked to "scribble second thoughts, marginalia or drawings" on a first-edition copy of one of their books.
A copy of Roald Dahl's best-selling children's book "Matilda" containing new drawings by illustrator Quentin Blake fetched 30,000 pounds ($45,500), while an annotated copy of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed novel "The Remains of the Day" was sold for 18,000 pounds ($27,300).
Other participating authors in the charity sale included Ian McEwan, Seamus Heaney, Lionel Shriver and Yann Martel.
In all, the sale raised a total of 439,200 pounds ($666,310).
HANOVER, Md. (AP) - Maryland Live! is starting to build a poker room.
The casino in Anne Arundel County announced Tuesday that the poker room will be 14,800 square feet.
The casino says it's scheduled to open late this summer. Maryland Live! says it will be one of the largest poker rooms in the mid-Atlantic region. It will have more than 50 tables and a dedicated area for tournament play.
The casino says adding the card game will create more than 200 new jobs. Maryland Live! currently has 122 live table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette and other games.
Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74.
Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says in a news release that Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. He had been stricken by bile duct cancer.
Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting then-poet Jim Morrison in California. The band went on to become one of the most successful rock 'n' roll acts to emerge from the 1960s and continues to resonate with fans decades after Morrison's death brought the band to an end.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ratings for the "American Idol" finale plunged to a record low for the 12-year-old show.
According to Nielsen Co. figures Friday, Candice Glover's victory over Kree Harrison was watched by 14.3 million viewers. That's a 33 percent drop from the year before, when 21.5 million viewers saw Phillip Phillips claim the "Idol" crown. That represented the show's previous record low finale audience.
"American Idol" saw an even steeper 44 percent drop among advertiser-coveted young adults for Thursday's finale.
The lack of interest in the winner of this year's contest parallels the show's declining ratings for the season. Fox is scrambling to revive the singing contest that once dominated TV, revamping the judges' panel and making yet-to-be detailed format changes.
Original judge Randy Jackson has already announced his exit.
PARIS (AP) - David Beckham's pecs are at least as much a part of his brand as his kick; his brand of shoes ultimately more lucrative than the game he's giving up. Listed as the world's highest-earning athlete for 2013, Beckham's retirement from play still leaves him with valuable endorsements and unparalleled celebrity. The question is whether he can maintain it.
Only a few athletes, once their job is preceded by 'ex,' manage to maintain a connection with fans: Those who have carefully built up their image beforehand.
Michael Jordan retired from basketball for the third time in 2003 and turned 50 this year. His eponymous Nike brand - a partnership that dates back to the first days after he left the University of North Carolina for the Chicago Bulls - is still going strong. The Jordan brand makes up nearly 60 percent of the American basketball shoe market, and a significant part of the estimated $80 million that Jordan reportedly earns each year from ventures that also include deals with Hanes and Gatorade, according to Forbes magazine.
At the height of his popularity, Jordan "was just inescapable, and I think Beckham has had that kind of quality up to now," said Ellis Cashmore, a British sociologist and author of the book "Beckham."
Even having given up his salary at Paris Saint-Germain, the French soccer club where he's ending his career, Beckham topped this year's Sports Illustrated list of 20 highest-earning international athletes (his estimated $48 million in earnings - most from sponsorship - would rank third on the magazine's list if American athletes are also included). He has deals with Adidas, Samsung and H&M and has his own cologne. The UK's Sunday Times Sports Rich Lost puts his estimated wealth at some 165 million pounds ($250 million).
The question, Cashmore said, is whether his celebrity will last once he's no longer on the field.
"Beckham was the first athlete to transcend sport," he said. "Leaving soccer is a little bit of a gamble because they don't know if Beckham decoupled from his sport is going to be as powerful as a brand."
Tiger Woods, whose career arc looked a lot like Beckham's until it imploded in marital scandals, is still having a hard time reconnecting with fans - and endorsements. The 37-year-old earned a reported $40 million, according to the Sports Illustrated tally this year, and Nike is using him in television ads again. But this year's survey reported just $33 million in endorsements, down from $105 million in 2007.
Thanks to his years with the LA Galaxy, Beckham's popularity is high even in the U.S., where soccer runs distinctly behind basketball, baseball and football, according to Henry Schafer, executive vice president Q Scores Company, which measures celebrity awareness and popularity.
But he'll have a hard time matching the endurance of Jordan who - a decade after retirement - tops the Q Score list of all athletes, Schafer said. Woods was the only athlete to come close to surpassing the former Chicago Bull, Schafer said, and that's no longer even a remote possibility.
As for Beckham, "I would put him in the category as having the right qualities to extend his playing days," said Schafer, who said former NBA star Magic Johnson, NHL player Wayne Gretzky and boxing great Muhammad Ali among the other top retired athletes who've kept up their images.
Brand Beckham, however, isn't just David. His wife Victoria runs a fashion house which is beginning to gain traction. And there's a rising generation of Beckhams as well: eldest son Romeo features in ads for Burberry's spring/summer 2013 collection.
Jean-Noel Kapferer, a marketing analyst at HEC, warned Beckham's glow could fade unless he shows he's putting in an effort.
"Up to now, the image of David Beckham balanced between the tangible - the presence on the field of an exceptional player with a magic touch - and the intangible - the handsome guy who imprints his style on modern man," he told the French newspaper l'Equipe. "The risk for him is that he's not doing anything but making money."
If nothing else, Cashmore said, Beckham - who owns a company called Beckham Brand Ltd. - has inculcated a new generation of athletes to think far into their futures, beyond the actual game.
"Gone are the Chariots of Fire days of the 1920s," he said. Now, in large part because of Beckham, the question even young teens with talent ask themselves is more calculating: "How am I going to monetize myself?"
WASHINGTON (AP) - The crew of the International Space Station is boldly going where no one has gone before - to see the new "Star Trek" film.
The three astronauts were offered a sneak peak of "Star Trek Into Darkness" days before it opens Thursday on Earth, seeing it not in 3-D, but Zero-G.
NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries said the movie was beamed up to the outpost Monday and the two Russians and American on board had a day off Tuesday. That gave them a chance to view it on their laptops. It's unclear if they watched it.
U.S. astronaut Chris Cassidy is taking part Thursday in a Google+ hangout that's bringing together two Earth-bound astronauts, film stars Chris Pine, Alice Eve and John Cho, and its director and screenwriter.
VIDEO - Jack Bauer will return to Fox for 12 new episodes of '24' in May 2014 as a part of Fox's strategy to put together more event series. After eight seasons and a movie, '24' fans will be excited to fight terrorism again with Kiefer Sutherland. Patrick Jones reports.
NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor's recommendation.
A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn't specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.
Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she'll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.
VIDEO - Stars of the comedy franchise "The Hangover" Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis talk about how starring in the hit movies changed their careers and allowed them to do smaller films as well.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Aquarium says it will close its Washington branch in the fall.
Officials announced Thursday that renovations at the Department of Commerce building that the aquarium has called home since 1932 make the move necessary.
Aquarium officials say they must leave by March 2014, but the aquarium will close Sept. 30 and begin moving the 1,500 animals housed there to the National Aquarium in Baltimore and other facilities.
The National Aquarium, Washington, DC, was established in 1873 and opened in 1885. The aquarium's board is exploring ways to maintain a presence in Washington.
The General Services Administration, which is responsible for the building, says part of the current construction plan is to return the aquarium to the same building. The aquarium would have to pay for the new space.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian Institution is adding relics from soap operas and game shows to its national entertainment collection to tell the story of daytime television.
On Thursday, actress Susan Lucci from TV's "All My Children" and Alex Trebek from "Jeopardy!" visited the National Museum of American History to donate objects from their shows. They were joined by the creators of "Barney" to show the range of daytime TV programs.
The new artifacts range from show scripts and props to original artwork. Lucci donated the pink gown and shoes she wore for a national magazine cover when she won an Emmy in 1999.
The museum is launching a three-year initiative to collect more objects to tell the story of daytime television. It's partnering with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The winner of "American Idol" next week will perform the national anthem for the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol lawn in Washington.
Organizers are announcing plans Thursday for the Memorial Day festivities. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the program again this year. The concert will be televised May 26 on PBS.
The lineup of entertainers will include actor Ed Harris, "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Katherine Jenkins, singer Chris Mann, who was a finalist on "The Voice," and tenor Alfie Boe. They will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.
For several years, the concert has included performers from "American Idol." This year's winner to be chosen May 16 will perform the national anthem and will return on July 4 to perform for Independence Day.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty is reopening July 4 after Superstorm Sandy flooded the island where it stands.
The statue has been closed since Sandy struck the region on Oct. 29 and damaged much of Liberty Island's infrastructure. The statue itself is on higher ground and was not damaged.
Ferry tickets to visit the island on July 4 or later may be purchased online or by phone. Tickets to the statue's crown are only available by reservation.
A spokeswoman for the National Park Service says the nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum will be partially open on July 4. She says officials have not determined how much of Ellis Island can be open to visitors.
Sandy brought 8 feet of water to Liberty Island, destroying boilers and electrical systems.
Lindsay Lohan's rehab trip is supposed to get her 100% clean and put her life on track. The problem is she doesn't have a problem (according to Lindsay herself), so this is basically just a 90 day really boring staycation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Before he passed away last month, George Jones had scheduled a star-packed final concert for November. It turns out the show will go on.
Jones' widow, Nancy, said Tuesday that Garth Brooks, Kid Rock and several more performers have agreed to keep the Nov. 22 date and appear in tribute to Jones at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show was previously sold out.
Jones passed away April 26 at a Nashville hospital at 81. Thousands attended a memorial last week in Nashville to celebrate a defining male voice of country music.
Nancy Jones also said Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry and Travis Tritt have signed on. Lineup updates will appear on Jones' website.
Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes. She was also sentenced Monday in Newark to three additional months of home confinement.
Ahead of her latest court mandated rehab stint, Lindsay Lohan sat down with CNN host Piers Morgan to talk about drugs and rehab. In the interview in 'The Daily Mail,' she claims she only has done cocaine four or five times, has never taken heroin, has smoked pot, and liked ecstasy the best. Kristina Behr has the story.
FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (AP) - Federal workers who are facing furloughs because of automatic budget cuts are getting an unexpected perk: discounted golf.
Starting Wednesday, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority will allow federal workers to play its courses for $25. That's a discount of about 30 percent off the regular greens fees.
The rate is available from Monday-Thursday after 10 a.m. Workers must show a civilian federal employee ID to be eligible. But they won't have to prove that they've been furloughed or are playing on their furlough day.
The park authority operates three golf courses: Algonkian in Sterling, Brambleton in Ashburn and Pohick Bay in Lorton.
Park authority chairman Brian Knapp says the program is meant as a gesture of solidarity with the thousands of federal workers who will have unpaid days off.