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Jun 19, 2013

Legendary country singer Slim Whitman dead at 90

NEW YORK/NASHVILLE (Reuters) – Legendary country singer and songwriter Slim Whitman, known for his smooth falsetto and high-pitched yodeling talent, died in Florida on Wednesday at the age of 90, his son-in-law said.

Roy Beagle, who is married to Whitman’s daughter Sharon, said the singer-songwriter who was born Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. was admitted to hospital on Tuesday.

Jun 19, 2013

A Minute With: Gemma Arterton on choosing roles, new challenges

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British actress Gemma Arterton does not need to worry about typecasting with roles ranging from a fairy tale character and literary heroines to MI6 agent Strawberry Fields in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.”

In “Unfinished Song,” a comedy-drama that opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Arterton, 27, stars as Elizabeth, a music teacher in a boys’ school.

Jun 18, 2013

Support for gay marriage high in developed nations: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most adults in developed countries favor gay marriage or some type of legal recognition for same-sex couples and think they should be able to adopt children, according to an international poll released on Tuesday.

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on gay marriage this month and France’s recent decision to legalize same-sex unions, an Ipsos poll for Reuters showed that 52 percent of people in 16 nations favor full marriage equality for gays and 21 percent support legal recognition but not marriage.

Jun 12, 2013

Gray divorces rising as more baby boomers opt to end marriages

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Baby boomers, the post-World War Two generation that redefined traditional values and forged changes in lifestyle and social mores, are doing it again – in divorce court.

A poll of American divorce lawyers showed that 61 percent have seen an increase in the number of gray divorces among people over 50 in the United States.

Jun 12, 2013

A Minute With: John Krasinski on life after ‘The Office’

NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters) – John Krasinski is best known
for playing the handsome, affable salesman Jim Halpert on the
hit TV series “The Office,” but that could change as the
versatile actor tackles new projects, including writing two new
scripts.

The Massachusetts native will appear on the big screen in
the 3D animated film “Monsters University,” which opens in U.S.
theaters on June 21, providing the voice for “Frightening” Frank
McCay in the prequel to the Pixar and Disney 2001 hit
movie “Monsters, Inc.”

Jun 11, 2013

Honolulu, Oslo most expensive cities for summer travel: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Travelers looking to get the most for their money on summer vacations may want to avoid Honolulu and Oslo, Norway, which are the most expensive cities according to a survey released on Tuesday, and head instead to Las Vegas or Sofia in Bulgaria.

Travel website TripAdvisor.com compared the cost in cities around the world for an average overnight stay for two people, cocktails, dinner and wine and a taxi ride, and found that cities in the U.S. South, Eastern Europe and Asia had the best summer deals.

Jun 11, 2013

South Koreans, Argentines most satisfied with healthcare, poll finds

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Healthcare has improved in many countries in the last five years, but patients in South Korea, Argentina and Japan are the most satisfied with their medical care, according to an Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

In a survey of 15 countries, people in those countries gave top grades for improvements in their national healthcare system since 2008, along with residents of Belgium and Australia, which rounded out the top five nations.

May 17, 2013

U.S. soul singer Candice Glover wins ‘American Idol’

By Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – Candice Glover, a soul singer from rural South Carolina, was named “American Idol” on Thursday and become the first female singer to win the television singing competition since 2007.

Glover, 23, defeated country singer Kree Harrison in the popular vote with her powerful voice in what judges deemed a close contest to take the title on season 12 of the popular Fox network show.

May 17, 2013

Soul singer Candice Glover wins “American Idol”

By Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – Candice Glover, a soul singer from rural South Carolina, was named “American Idol” on Thursday and become the first female singer to win the television singing competition since 2007.

Glover, 23, defeated country singer Kree Harrison in the popular vote with her powerful voice in what judges deemed a close contest to take the title on season 12 of the popular Fox network show.

May 16, 2013

Country, soul singers battle in all-female ‘American Idol’ finale

May 15 (Reuters) – Soul singer Candice Glover vied with
country crooner Kree Harrison on Wednesday in an all-female
finale of “American Idol” to become the first woman to win the
TV singing competition since 2007.

In a finale that judge Randy Jackson described as “so
close,” Glover, the 23-year-old former travel agent from St.
Helena, South Carolina, brought the judges and the audience to
their feet after belting out Tom Jones’ “I Who Have Nothing.”

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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