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May 2, 2013

U.S. centenarians have few regrets, stay active and social: poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – America’s centenarians are generally content and believe staying active is key to longevity, and some are even using social media and email to stay in touch with family and friends, a survey released on Thursday showed.

The poll that compared the attitudes and lifestyle of baby boomers to centenarians showed the country’s oldest citizens were more content than their younger counterparts and put more emphasis on eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.

Apr 30, 2013

World Chefs: Cardiologist writes cookbook for wheat-free eating

NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) – Dr William Davis, the
American cardiologist who trumpeted the health benefits of a
wheat-free diet in his 2011 best-selling book “Wheat Belly,” has
taken his approach a step further with a cookbook.

In the “Wheat Belly Cookbook” Davis explains the thinking
behind his wheat-free eating plan, adds updates on research and
includes 150 wheat-free recipes and instructions on how to make
pizzas, pies, cakes and cookies with other types of flour.

Apr 22, 2013

Women directors growing presence at Tribeca Film Festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Women directors are making their mark at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, crafting entries such as a psychological thriller about a person’s disappearance, a look at a same-sex couple’s rights and a story about sisters.

Twenty-six feature films, about a quarter of the total to be presented during the two-week festival, are by women directors, including the first feature film by a female Saudi filmmaker shot entirely in her country.

Apr 17, 2013

Documentary about indie band The National opens Tribeca festival

NEW YORK, April 17 (Reuters) – Music documentary “Mistaken
for Strangers,” a tale about two brothers and the indie rock
group The National, opens the Tribeca Film Festival on
Wednesday, which this year features nearly 90 feature films from
30 countries.

The documentary was made by Tom Berninger, the younger
brother of the Brooklyn group’s lead singer Matt, who follows
the band behind the scenes on a world tour.

Apr 8, 2013

Painter Bacon’s portrait of lover to be auctioned in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A 1962 painting by artist Francis Bacon of his lover Peter Lacy is expected to sell for as much as $40 million when it is auctioned in New York next month, Sotheby’s said on Monday.

The oil on canvas “Study for a Portrait of P.L.” is considered one of Bacon’s most significant works and will be among the highlights of Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale on May 14, the auction said.

Apr 2, 2013

World Chefs: Mary McCartney recreates childhood recipes in cookbook

NEW YORK, April 2 (Reuters) – Mary McCartney is best known
for her photography, but in her first cookbook she combines her
passion for taking pictures with a love of cooking simple
vegetarian meals.

The daughter of Paul McCartney and his first wife Linda
Eastman, who died in 1998, drew on childhood memories of
preparing food with her mother to recreate the recipes in her
cookbook, titled simply “Food.”

Mar 31, 2013

‘G.I. Joe’ sequel blasts past cavemen to win box office

March 31 (Reuters) – Action movie “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”
won the weekend box office battle in the United States and
Canada, fighting off competition from cartoon cavemen, a Tyler
Perry drama, and an alien-possessed heroine trying to save the
human race.

“G.I. Joe,” a sequel starring Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson
and Bruce Willis, secured $41.2 million in domestic ticket sales
from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates.

Mar 28, 2013

William Faulkner archival material to be sold at auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Letters, an unpublished short story and William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize medal could sell for more than $2 million when archival materials of the author are sold at auction in June, Sotheby’s said on Thursday.

Faulkner, whose books include “The Sound and the Fury” and “Sartoris,” is considered one of the most important American authors of the 20th century. A native of Mississippi, he set much of his work in the American South and often in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County.

Mar 27, 2013

Video game found to help the blind navigate buildings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A video game that uses a computer-generated layout of a building can help to prepare the blind to navigate the venue in real life by improving their spatial awareness, researchers said on Wednesday.

The game, based in a building at a center for the blind in Newton, Massachusetts, uses audio cues to help blind players find hidden jewels and remove them from the building without being spotted by roving monsters.

Mar 22, 2013

Airfares soared in 2012, no hefty increase for Mumbai: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Airfares to some of the most popular U.S. and international destinations rose by 25 percent or more last year, and June was the most expensive month to travel, according to the website

The costs of flights from North America to Lima soared 33 percent, London fares were up 30 percent and tickets to New Orleans, Madrid, Munich and Sydney jumped 28 percent.

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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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