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Photos document early U2

In the beginning there was Bono. And what a baby face he had.

Photographs documenting the gritty beginnings of U2 in the smoky pubs and clubs of 1970s Dublin were unveiled Thursday at an exhibition in the band's home city. Much of the exhibition by photographer Patrick Brocklebank has never been seen before.

Brocklebank's black-and-white images capture the teenage Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen at 1978 and 1979 gigs, their vibrant hairdos and fashion missteps, and their clowning around in impromptu shoots and scruffy nighttime hangouts.

U2 manager Paul McGuinness launched the exhibition Thursday night at The Little Museum of Dublin.

The 32-photo show will be on display through Sept. 2.


New Chaplin musical due

A funny guy with a cane, a hat and an unforgettable mustache is heading to Broadway. Producers announced Thursday that a new musical depicting the life of Charlie Chaplin will begin performances later this summer in the Barrymore Theatre. Previews begin Aug. 21, with an opening set for Sept. 10.

"Chaplin" has music and lyrics by Christopher Curtis, a pianist who wrote the theme song to the film "The Break" starring Martin Sheen and the theme song for the TV show "A Wedding Story" and has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder. Curtis co-wrote the book with Thomas Meehan, a Tony winner who helped pen "The Producers," "Annie" and "Hairspray."


Happy Mother's Day!

Actress Reese Witherspoon's mother has filed a petition of annulment to wipe out her husband's recent second marriage.

Mary Elizabeth Witherspoon says in court documents filed May 8 in Nashville that her husband, John Drake Witherspoon, has taken a second wife who may be taking advantage of his mental condition.

The couple have been separated since 1996 but remain married and still attend family functions together, including their daughter's March 2011 marriage.

The filing alleges John Witherspoon's new wife, Tricianne Taylor, has tried to take out loans as Mrs. John Witherspoon, lives in his condo, has had him sign a new will and drives a vehicle without permission from a family corporation run by Reese Witherspoon.


Royal weather forecast

If this king thing doesn't work out, Prince Charles may be able to fall back on a budding career as a weather man.

The heir to the British throne and his wife, Camilla, gave it a try Thursday, each reading out weather reports during a visit to BBC studios in Glasgow, Scotland.

The sight of the nattily dressed Charles giving a credible performance in the unfamiliar role caused many Britons to do a double-take as he read the lunchtime news weather spot.

Palace officials say Charles and Camilla were visiting the studios to mark the 60-year anniversary of BBC TV Scotland.

-- From News and wire services