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Porn film moratorium lifted after HIV result proves false positive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A moratorium on U.S. adult sex film productions was lifted on Friday after just 24 hours when a performer's initial HIV test result proved to be a false positive, according to...

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Rosa Parks artifacts sold for $4.5 million to Buffett son: lawyer

(Reuters) - A foundation controlled by the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has paid $4.5 million for hundreds of artifacts belonging to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, a lawyer for Parks'...

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ALS Association backs down on 'Ice Bucket' trademark attempt

(Reuters) - In the wake of criticism over its attempt to trademark the words "ice bucket challenge," the ALS Association said it is withdrawing its applications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

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Poles recall Nazi seizure of radio station, see parallels with today

GLIWICE Poland (Reuters) - Joachim Fulczyk still remembers the fateful radio broadcast 75 years ago this weekend that provided Adolf Hitler with a pretext to launch his invasion of Poland that...

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Capital gains mean church losses in new German tax twist

(Reuters) - A change in Germany's capital gains tax has prompted an exodus from its Catholic and Protestant churches this year as thousands of registered members quit their parishes rather than pay...

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In India, rice replaces ice in bucket challenge

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice in a bid to help the country's vast...

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Trip Tips: Tour the dark side of Copenhagen's fairy tale

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish capital that fostered Hans Christian Andersen, the godfather of fairy tales, and hosts one of Europe's oldest royal lineages is also the setting for grisly murders...

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Pittsburgh groom turns canceled wedding into charity benefit

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A Pittsburgh man whose wedding was called off is making the best of the situation, transforming his reception this weekend into a charity event for an organization that...

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Indonesia massacre, Iran sanctions impact infuse Venice film offerings

VENICE (Reuters) - Films about a 1960s massacre in Indonesia and the harsh conditions in Iran under present-day international sanctions and how they affect ordinary people struck sombre notes at the...

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Fatal heroin overdoses on the rise in New York City

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of deaths from accidental overdoses of opioid drugs has steadily risen in New York City since 2010, in part because of an apparent resurgence in heroin use, according...

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U.S. lists 20 corals as threatened; activists want more

MIAMI (Reuters) - The U.S. government pared back the number of reef-building coral species it was considering to label as threatened from 66 to 20 this week, prompting criticism from conservationists.

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U.S. rapper Pras Michel heads to North Korea for wrestling match

SEOUL (Reuters) - American rapper Pras Michel, who topped the charts in the 1990s with his band the 'Fugees', and is a friend of President Barack Obama, heads to North Korea on Friday to watch a...

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German Green's ice bucket challenge lights up dope debate

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German Greens party leader has taken the "ice bucket" charity challenge to a new high, standing next to a marijuana plant while dousing himself with water in a tacit call for the...

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Singaporeans go barking mad over bid to silence dogs

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A suggestion by Singapore's public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider "debarking" their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbours has raised animal lovers'...

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Breaking taboo in conservative Chile, armed forces member says, 'I'm gay'

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean active Navy serviceman Mauricio Ruiz became the first openly gay member of the nation's armed forces on Wednesday, accepting the government's recently launched campaign...

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Bankrupt Detroit offered bigger loan secured by art

(Reuters) - A New York-based specialty finance group is ready to loan Detroit as much as $4 billion, double its previous offer, if the bankrupt city uses the masterpieces in its art museum as...

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Residents see Europe best for gays and lesbians, Africa worst: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most people in European nations say their community is a welcoming place for gays and lesbians, according to a poll released on Wednesday that also showed many in African...

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Jasper Johns aide admits stealing, selling artwork for $6.5 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former assistant to renowned American contemporary artist Jasper Johns pleaded guilty on Wednesday to selling nearly two dozen of his works without Johns' knowledge.

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Fashion chain Zara withdraws t-shirt likened to concentration camp uniform

MADRID (Reuters) - Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain's Inditex, pulled from sale on Wednesday a striped children's top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to uniforms...

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From Texas, where everything is bigger, the 99-pack of beer

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Beer packaging has just gotten a lot bigger in Texas, where a small brewery is launching a 99-pack of its "Peacemaker" ale.

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Decline of French language could cost half a million jobs : report

PARIS (Reuters) - A decline in the number of people worldwide who speak French could cost France 120,000 jobs by 2020 and half a million by 2050, due to missed economic opportunities, a report...

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Young fan who dresses like Fidel Castro meets his idol

SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS Cuba (Reuters) - All that's missing is the beard.

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Young fan who dresses like Fidel Castro meets his idol

SAN ANTONIO DE LOS BANOS Cuba (Reuters) - All that's missing is the beard.

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Historic Miami Beach threatened amid real estate resurgence

MIAMI BEACH Fla. (Reuters) - Conservationists are urging Miami Beach officials to protect more of the city's historic homes after some decades-old properties were bulldozed to make way for mega...

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Happiness study draws frowns from critics

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A high-profile 2013 study that concluded that different kinds of happiness are associated with dramatically different patterns of gene activity is fatally flawed, according to an...





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