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Sheryl Crow diagnosed with benign brain tumor

Grammy-winning US singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, she said. The country-pop star, who survived breast cancer diagnosed in 2006, said in comments published Tuesday that doctors found the tumor in November, after she had a brain scan because she was concerned about memory loss. “I worried about…

Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose robbed after private gig

Thieves stole gold necklaces and diamonds worth around 200,000 dollars (160,000 euros) from Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose as the singer gave a private concert in Paris, a police source said Wednesday. The theft from Rose’s dressing room late Tuesday enraged the 50-year-old singer from the US supergroup and police were called in to calm…

U.S. writer Philip Roth wins top Spanish literary award

US writer Philip Roth, whose works include the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral”, has been awarded Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias literature award, organisers said Wednesday. The 79-year-old edged out 23 other contenders to take the 50,000-euro (60,000-dollar) prize, one of eight given in different fields by the Asturias Foundation each year. The…

U.S. pulls plug on Pakistani ‘Sesame Street’

The United States has cut funding to a popular Pakistani version of the children’s program “Sesame Street” amid allegations of fraud and abuse, a US official said Tuesday. The program, run under the umbrella of the US-based Sesame Workshop by a local theater group, had been awarded some $20 million…

You can’t keep (former) GOOD staffers down

Less than a week after losing their jobs, a group of former employees at GOOD Magazine announced their intention to put together a new magazine, Tomorrow. “It’s going to be about what’s next, what’s on the cusp,” the group said in a statement on Tumblr Tuesday. “We want to get…

Huckabee: Without Fox News, Americans would assume Obama ‘doing a great job’

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) had an oops moment on his radio show Monday, and this one’s going to leave a mark. Speaking about America’s media landscape in general, Huckabee suggested that without Fox News acting as a counterweight to “mainstream media,” most Americans “will assume that Obama really…

Springsteen favored to write new U.S. anthem: poll

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two percent of Americans think veteran rocker Bruce Springsteen should compose a new US national anthem to replace “The Star-Spangled Banner,” suggests an online poll released Monday. That’s more than the 19 percent who think country legend Dolly Parton is up to the task, or the 18 percent…

Tintin comic cover fetches record price at auction

A rare 1932 cover illustration of “Tintin in America” by Herge, the artist who dreamed up the boy reporter, on Saturday fetched a record 1.3 million euros ($1.6 million) at an auction in Paris. “The work has been sold at 1,338,509.20 euros, costs included, by a person who wishes to remain…

International film festival opens in Transylvanian city

The films of Japan’s Daisuke Miyazaki and Norway’s August Joachim Trier will be the first among 12 movies in competition to screen Saturday at the Transylvania International Film Festival. Miyazaki’s “End of the Night” and Trier’s “Oslo, August 31″ will be showcased on the second day of the 10-day Romanian festival, one of the biggest in the…

Netflix tops Apple in booming online movie business

The US online movie business more than doubled in 2011 to rake in $992 million and will almost double again this year, a research report showed Friday. The biggest surge came from Netflix, which shifted its focus to subscription video on demand and snagged 44 percent of the market, overtaking…

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