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Feb 7, 2013

Australians win race to top of Empire State Building

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australians Mark Bourne and Suzy Walsham were the fastest man and woman to race up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building on Wednesday in the run up of the iconic New York landmark.

Bourne finished in 10 minutes, 12 seconds and Walsham clocked 12:05 in the race up 86 floors that is described as a vertical marathon, the New York Road Runner (NYRR), which organizes the annual Empire State Building Run-Up, said.

Jan 30, 2013

Cruise industry tops 20 million clients, focuses on Asia

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cruise lines carried 20.3 million passengers last year and expect the numbers to rise in 2013 as more companies focus resources on luring Asian clients, industry experts said on Wednesday.

A year after the Costa Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy with the loss of 32 lives, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents cruise lines around the globe, said it expects to reach 20.97 million passengers this year.

Jan 30, 2013

Once-doomed, NY’s Grand Central turns 100 as celebrated landmark

NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – It made its debut in the heyday
of cross-country train travel, faced demolition in the era of
the auto, and got a new lease on life with a facelift in its
eighth decade.

Now Grand Central Terminal, the doyenne of American train
stations, is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Jan 28, 2013

Witch-hunting “Hansel & Gretel” wins U.S. box office

By Lisa Richwine and Patricia Reaney

(Reuters) – A grown-up “Hansel & Gretel” grabbed the weekend box office title, pulling in $19 million (12 million pounds) in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales with its reinvention of the fairy tale characters as fierce bounty hunters.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” knocked last weekend’s winner, low-budget horror flick “Mama,” into second place. “Mama” earned $12.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates, followed by “Silver Linings Playbook” with $10 million.

Jan 27, 2013

Witch-hunting ‘Hansel & Gretel’ wins box office

Jan 27 (Reuters) – A grown-up “Hansel & Gretel” grabbed the
weekend box office title, pulling in $19 million in U.S. and
Canadian ticket sales with its reinvention of the classic fairy
tale characters as fierce bounty hunters.

“Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” knocked last weekend’s
winner, low-budget horror flick “Mama,” into second place.
“Mama” earned $12.8 million from Friday through Sunday,
according to studio estimates, followed by “Silver Linings
Playbook” with $10 million.

Jan 25, 2013

Rare 1794 silver dollar sells for record $10 million at U.S. auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 1794 silver dollar, which many experts believe was the first such coin struck by the U.S. Mint, sold for a record $10 million at auction on Thursday.

The Flowing Hair Silver Dollar more than doubled the previous $4.1 million record for a coin set in 1999, auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries said.

Jan 24, 2013

Rare works of famed photographers expected to get record prices at auction

NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Vintage photographs by some of
the world’s most famous photographers such as Edward Weston,
Alfred Stieglitz and Man Ray are expected to fetch more than
$5.2 million at auction and set record prices for their works,
Christie’s said.

The 70 prints, which were made mainly in the 1920s, were
amassed by a private collector and focused on photographers
influenced by the artistic revolution in Western Europe at the
turn of the century.

Jan 17, 2013

Stewart, Pattinson crowned top earning romantic film couple

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With three box office hits earning $1.17 billion at the U.S. box office over the past three years, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are Hollywood’s highest-grossing romantic film couple.

The stars of the “Twilight” vampire films easily surpassed all other film twosomes in the Forbes list that looked at the top 10 grossing romantic films of the last three years.

Jan 16, 2013

Healthy hotels, rise in ancient therapies expected in 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Healthy hotels, wellness tourism and the holistic medicine system Ayurveda are expected to be the among the top spa trends in 2013, according to a report that tracks the $73 billion global industry.

Gyms, pools and spas are standard at many hotels, but international chains and boutique inns will be enhancing offerings by adding customized services like jogging routes, in-room workouts, sleep programs, and gluten-free and vegan menus.

Jan 9, 2013

U.S. Franciscan friars go digital, accept prayer requests via text

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The largest group of Franciscan friars in the United States is offering the faithful a new way to pray in the digital age by accepting prayer requests via text messages.

The Friars of Holy Name Province, who staff 40 parishes and have colleges, soup kitchens and food centers along the eastern seaboard, as well as groups in Peru and Tokyo, are among a few religious groups offering this type of digital service.

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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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