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Whitney Houston Works UK Stage With Waldrobe Mishap

Essence | Essence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

 [href=""]performed right through a wardrobe malfunction in London, proving she's st...

Video: McDonald's Goes Upscale

MSNBC | MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A McDonald's in Manhattan's posh Chelsea neighborhood is the first in the nation to undergo a sleek, European-style makeover that has already debuted ...

Explorers: North Pole summers ice free in 10 years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON — A team of British explorers says that within a decade the North Pole will be virtually ice-free during the summer.

The Catlin Arctic Survey trekked an average of about 11 kilometers (six miles) per day and swam in freezing water to take measurements of the ice and snow.

Measurements during the three month research project showed that most of the ice is first year ice that measures about 1.8 meters (six feet) thick. Peter Wadhams with the University of Cambridge said Wednesday the ice is too thin to survive next summer's ice melt.

The results come ahead of the UN climate Summit in Copenhagen this December.

United Pilot from Colo. suspected of being drunk, pulled from cockpit

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON - A United Airlines pilot from Lakewood who was pulled from the cockpit just before leaving for Chicago has been charged with having too much a...

An Education's Carey Mulligan on Ditching London for New York, American Jackasses | NYMag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Mulligan spoke with us at last night's 'Education' premiere about her growing celebrity and upcoming move to Gotham....

Chanel to Launch Temporary Tattoos; Edible Beauty Products Gaining Popularity | NYMag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

And M.A.C. created a line inspired by Liberty of London. ...

Jamie Dimon to London: Happy New Year! You May Not Get Our HQ After All

Daily Intel. | Daily Intel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The JPMorgan CEO had some harsh words for Britain's chancellor of the exchequer....

Six faint aboard Newark-London British Airways flight | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEWARK -- Six people fainted aboard a British Airways flight from Newark to London early this morning, an airline official said. Police officials ...

Times: Auschwitz sign stolen to fund Swedish terror attacks

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The group that ordered the theft of the infamous 'Arbeit Macht Frei' sign from the gates of Auschwitz planned to sell it to fund violent attacks again...

Pamela Anderson Has Stripes All Over Her Legs | NYMag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

She wore slouchy striped leggings in London today....

Livni reportedly cancels U.K. visit, fearing arrest

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Monday canceled her participation in a Jewish function in London, fearing a possible arrest over her part in last win...

UK government delays hacker extradition deadline

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON — The British government says it will consider new medical evidence before approving the extradition of a computer hacker wanted in the U.S. on charges of breaking into military computers.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Gary McKinnon of hacking into dozens of computers shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. McKinnon says he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

This month, Britain's High Court ruled the 43-year-old should be extradited. The government gave him two weeks to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

McKinnon's lawyers say he has a form of autism and is at risk of suicide if extradited.

Home Secretary Alan Johnson said Monday he had "stopped the clock ticking on the representation to the European Court" because of new medical evidence about the autism.

Target's MePa Pop-Up Will Be a Drive-Thru Starring Rachel Bilson

Racked | Racked | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Click the image above to view the full photogallery. Target is on fire today, people. First, they confirmed their upcoming collaboration with flower...

Couple May Be First Kenyan-Born to Wed

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A couple married in London last week, and are believe to be the first gay Kenyans to marry in the U.K. ...

Crude settles above $70 on supply data

AP | CHRIS KAHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Oil prices climbed more than 5 percent, surpassing $70 a barrel Wednesday after a government report said the nation's gasoline supply dropped unexpectedly and demand increased from last year.

Benchmark crude for November delivery added $3.39 to $70.10 a barrel in late trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude rose $3.06 to $68.55 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

The Energy Information Administration put U.S. gasoline stockpiles at 211.5 million barrels last week, a drop of 0.8 percent from the prior week. It also said demand for gasoline over the four weeks ended Sept. 25 was 5.4 percent higher than last year.

The price of oil, which is used to make gasoline, rose as investors placed some final bets on the last day of the quarter. Crude prices have waffled between $59 and $75 during the past three months, but equities markets surged during the quarter as investors became increasingly confident that the economy was healing.

Despite the drop last week, gasoline supplies are still considered to be well above normal. They're nearly 11 percent higher than they were last year, and much of last week's drop came as many U.S. refiners cut back on their operations.

Matt LeBlanc returning to series TV on Showtime

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Showtime network says "Friends" alum Matt LeBlanc is returning to TV in a new comedy.

LeBlanc will star in "Episodes," a single-camera series about a husband-and-wife producing team whose witty hit comedy on British TV is turned into a dumbed-down American sitcom starring LeBlanc, who plays himself.

"Episodes" is a send-up of the TV world and LeBlanc's image as a sitcom veteran. The show will be a co-production of Showtime and the BBC and will begin shooting a six-episode season in London and Hollywood this winter. It is scheduled to air next year on Showtime and BBC Two. LeBlanc played Joey Tribbiani on "Friends" for a decade. He followed that NBC hit in 2004 with a sitcom based on the same character, "Joey," which flopped.


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IOC members agonize over 2016 Olympic host city

AP | JOHN LEICESTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COPENHAGEN — The International Olympic Committee is familiar with tough decisions. It gambled by giving the games to Beijing and even turned down New York after 9/11.

But the race to host the 2016 games – pitting Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Madrid – is still too close to call. Which means committee members will spend the next two days feeling like the most popular people on the planet.

Want to meet Michelle Obama? If you're on the committee and need a little pointer on which way to vote, it's not a problem. For added star power, the king of Spain, the president of Brazil and Oprah Winfrey have descended on Copenhagen.

Mrs. Obama, beating her husband to the Danish capital Wednesday, has a two-room suite in the IOC hotel, with cushy white leather furniture and an interactive table that, at the touch of a hand, shows how a Chicago Olympics might look.

The first lady went straight to work impressing the IOC, with plenty of attention to detail. To committee member Nicole Hoevertsz, appointed a day earlier as permanent secretary of Aruba's Council of Ministers, she offered congratulations on the new job.

IOC members agonize over 2016 Olympic host city

AP | JOHN LEICESTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

COPENHAGEN — International Olympic Committee members were agonizing Wednesday over how to choose the host of the 2016 Games, with many said to be undecided just two days before the vote.

IOC members settling into their hotel in Copenhagen told The Associated Press that Tokyo, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Chicago are all capable of hosting the games and there is no clear favorite.

Samih Moudallal, an IOC member since 1998, said Friday's vote, when cities will be eliminated in successive rounds of secret balloting, will be like choosing between "four sons or your brothers."

"How do you choose between your brothers?" Moudallal told the AP, adding that he has yet to make his choice. "You have to use your mind and your heart together.

"It's a very difficult choice."

Being overweight can cut women's life expectancy

Grand Junction Free Press | GJ Free Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON (AP) - Being fat in middle age may slash women's chances of making it to their golden years in good health by almost 80 percent, a new stud...

Copenhagen readies for Olympic vote, world leaders

AP | JAN M. OLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For a city that has never held an Olympics, Copenhagen will become an Olympic capital of sorts next week when it hosts an international meeting to decide the site for the 2016 Summer Games.

Thousands of people – including government leaders, heads of state, royalty, sport officials, athletes, sponsors and media – are expected to attend the International Olympic Committee meetings from Oct. 1-9.

"On some days, it's going to be crowded," said Niels Nygaard, president of Denmark's national Olympic committee.

The main focus will be the vote for the 2016 host city on Oct. 2. Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo are locked in a tight contest that could be decided by just a few votes.

Each candidate is bringing a high-power delegation to impress IOC voters.

Tokyo bidders increase push to host 2016 Olympics

AP | KAORI HITOMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tokyo should host the 2016 Olympics because it has the most compact set up, the most experience and will be the best stage for the world's athletes, one of Japan's top sports figures and bid backers said Thursday.

Mikako Kotani, an Olympic bronze medalist in synchronized swimming and the head of the athletes' commission for the Tokyo 2016 bid committee, said she has big hopes that Japan's capital will beat out Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid when the final decision is made on the host site next Friday.

"We have the experience to make the competition go smoothly," she said in an interview with The Associated Press, noting that Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Games. "We will be using some stadiums and venues from 1964. ... It will be very special for the Japanese athletes and for the younger generation."

Kotani, who won her bronze in Seoul in 1988, said that Tokyo's plans would have all the athletes staying within 10 minutes of their competition venues, a factor she expected will boost performances by allowing the Olympians more time to focus on their sports and less on traveling.

"As an athlete, this is very important," she said.

Huge hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure uncovered in UK

AP | RAPHAEL G. SATTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

An amateur treasure hunter prowling English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered, a massive collection of gold and silver crosses, sword decorations and other items, British archaeologists said Thursday.

One expert said the treasure would revolutionize understanding of the Anglo-Saxons, a Germanic people who ruled England from the fifth century until the Norman conquest in 1066. Another said the find would rank among Britain's best-known historic treasures.

"This is just a fantastic find completely out of the blue," Roger Bland, who managed the cache's excavation, told The Associated Press. "It will make us rethink the Dark Ages."

Leslie Webster, the former curator of Anglo-Saxon archeology at the British Museum, said the amount of gold uncovered – about 11 pounds (5 kilograms) – suggested that early medieval England was a far wealthier place than previously believed.

She also said the crosses and other religious artifacts mixed in with the mainly military items might shed new light on the relationship between Christianity and warfare among the Anglo-Saxons.

New Michael Jackson song to be released

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The first posthumous release of a new Michael Jackson song, "This Is It," is scheduled for Oct. 12.

Sony Music Entertainment offered few details about the song, except to say it includes backing vocals by Jackson's brothers. Two weeks later, Sony is releasing a two-disc set to coincide with the movie that shows scenes of Jackson rehearsing for his series of London concerts. Jackson died before publicly stepping back on stage.

The album includes some of Jackson's greatest hits as they appeared on previous albums. The second disc features previously unreleased versions of Jackson songs and a spoken-word poem from Jackson called "Planet Earth."

G-20 leaders near banker-pay limits amid protests

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

With the world's major economies having stepped back from the brink of a devastating meltdown, President Barack Obama comes to a global summit here pushing a slimmed-down agenda designed to prevent a repeat of the conditions that caused such panic a few months ago.

Obama will tell world leaders that the global economy cannot continually rely on huge borrowing and spending by Americans and massive exports by countries such as China.

In informal chats and fancy receptions at the two-day summit beginning Thursday, the buzz words will be "balanced and sustainable."

Obama gave a hint of the message when he spoke at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday. He said other nations cannot "stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone. Now is the time for all of us to take our share of responsibility for a global response to global challenges."

This is the third meeting of the Group of 20 top economies in the aftermath of the financial crisis that plunged the world into fear a year ago. When the G-20 met in April, the economies of the United States and many other countries were under severe strain, and world leaders largely agreed on common remedies such as dramatically increased government spending to provide some stimulus.

Top nations still at odds on eve of G20 summit

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Obama administration on Wednesday cautioned against complacency on the eve of a global economic summit, arguing that signs of an economic revival are not grounds for abandoning a significant overhaul of the world's financial system.

"We simply cannot walk away from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and not do everything in our power to reform the system that contributed to this breakdown," Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said.

Geithner delivered that message in Washington to the House Financial Services Committee, which was opening hearings on the administration's sweeping overhaul of the financial system. But it was also a plea the administration was making to other members of the Group of 20 leading economies, who were gathering here for two days of talks on Thursday and Friday.

Those talks were being held under heavy security. Protesters have vowed to use the sessions as a stage to highlight their grievances against global capitalism.

Activists from the environmental group Greenpeace hung a large banner from a downtown Pittsburgh bridge warning of climate disaster and urging the world leaders to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Four protesters dangled from lines over the Ohio River.