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Jul 12, 2013

Family planning, higher education are priorities globally: Neilsen poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Family planning, higher education and quality time with loved ones are priorities for people around the world, according to a new global Nielsen survey focusing on lifestyle values released on Friday.

The Nielsen poll of more than 29,000 people in 58 countries also showed that most people think women should have a say in important household issues, but opinions diverged on how the roles of wife and mother are perceived.

Jul 9, 2013

Actress Amanda Bynes’ bong-throwing case put off until September

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American actress Amanda Bynes, wearing a long blue wig and sweat pants, appeared briefly in court on Tuesday on charges of marijuana possession and throwing a bong out a window and a judge postponed her case until September.

Bynes, 27, made no comment during the hearing but has previously denied the charges of possession, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with evidence.

Jul 3, 2013

Yoko Ono publishes new conceptual art book, ‘Acorn’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly 50 years after writing the conceptual art book “Grapefruit,” writer, artist and peace activist Yoko Ono has released a sequel that she hopes will inspire people and get them thinking and reading.

“Acorn,” a book of 100 “instructional poems” and drawings that will be published on July 15, goes back in time, according to the widow of Beatle John Lennon, because it is something she originally created for the Internet in the 1990s.

Jun 28, 2013

Singer Carla Bruni to tour France, U.S. to promote new album

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, France’s former first lady, says she doesn’t miss political life, isn’t afraid of getting old and is looking forward to touring in France and the United States to promote her latest album, “Little French Songs.”

It’s the fourth album by the Italian-born former model who began her musical career in 1997. Her first, “Quelqu’un m’a dit” (Someone Told Me), was released in 2002 and sold 2 million copies.

Jun 26, 2013

Oprah tops Forbes most powerful celebrity list

NEW YORK (Reuters) – After two years as a runner-up, Oprah Winfrey was named the most powerful celebrity on Wednesday by Forbes, heading the six women and four men who make up the top 10.

It was the fifth time the former talk show host who runs her own TV network has headed the annual ranking of 100 celebrities.

Jun 21, 2013

Crime fighting goes global with TV series ‘Crossing Lines’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With exotic locations, an international cast and plots that involve tracking serial criminals across European borders, “Crossing Lines,” which debuts on U.S. television on Sunday, aims to set itself apart from other police dramas.

The series, created by Ed Bernero, formerly of “Criminals Minds” and Rola Bauer, of Munich-based Tandem Communications, follows a small, elite unit of investigators from the United States and Europe working for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to solve cross-border crimes.

Jun 19, 2013

Teens more resilient, tech savvy than older millennial: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Young teenagers who make up the second wave of millennials, the generation that began in the 1980s, are more resilient, adaptable and tech savvy than their older counterparts, according to a new study.

The 70 million millennials, or Generation Y, have been dubbed the entitled or me generation. Younger millennials, aged 13-17, are very different in outlook, planning and use of technology than 20-somethings.

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.

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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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