Kim Phuc, right, hugs Associated Press staff photographer Nick Ut during a reunion in Buena Park, Calif., June 2, 2012. Ut's iconic black-and-white image of Phuc after a napalm attack in 1972 communicated the horrors of the Vietnam War in a way words could never describe
Forty years ago, Associated Press photographer Nick Ut snapped a photo of a naked 9-year-old Vietnamese girl running down the road away from her burning village. She screamed because napalm covered her body.
The famous black-and-white image communicated the horrors of the Vietnam War in a way words never could.
The girl, Kim Phuc, now 49, held a reunion with Ut this past weekend in Buena Park, Calif.
"Today, I'm so happy I helped Kim," said Ut, who still works for the AP and recently returned to her Trang Bang village. "I call her my daughter."
Phuc, now a mother of two sons who lives in Toronto, can finally look at the picture of herself running naked and understand why it remains so powerful. "I'm so thankful that ... I can accept the picture as a powerful gift. Then it is my choice. Then I can work with it for peace."
Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Costner in court
Jury selection began Monday in a legal fight between two Hollywood stars over investments in a device used to try to clean up BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In his lawsuit, actor Stephen Baldwin, top photo, claims Kevin Costner, below, and a business partner duped Baldwin and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to buy oil-separating centrifuges after the April 2010 spill. Federal Judge Martin L.C. Feldman told prospective jurors that they could not be influenced by the celebrity of the actors who were in the New Orleans court. "Celebrity has no place in this courtroom or in any of the issues that need to be resolved by the jury in this trial," Feldman said.
KNOTFEST: The revamped Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis., will return to its metal roots Aug. 18 when it hosts one of two installments of Knotfest -- a first-ever, all-day concert headed by Slipknot. Iowa's masked metal avengers will be joined by the Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian (of System of a Down fame), Cannibal Corpse, Prong, and more at the event, which will also be staged Aug. 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, at the Mid-America Motorplex. This will be Slipknot's first show in the area since the passing of bassist Paul Gray in 2010. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $35 through LiveNation.com.
The Justin Bieber celebrity train isn't slowing down. The pop singer's new album comes out June 15 and one week later, he's set to star in his first prime-time network TV special: "Justin Bieber: All Around the World" on NBC.