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Philippines launches ‘eco-friendly’ nuclear tourism

BATAAN, Philippines (AFP) – In a fresh but ambiguous take on ecotourism, travellers in the Philippines can visit a remote turtle sanctuary and then venture into the heart of a nearby nuclear power plant. If tourists feel too weary to make the three-hour bus drive back to Manila after their…

Jackson ‘Thriller’ jacket sells for $1.8 million

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson for his “Thriller” video sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Sunday to a Texas gold trader who plans to use it to raise money for children’s hospitals worldwide. The black and red calf leather jacket with winged…

AFP Fans mourn Michael Jackson, two years on

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Michael Jackson fans paid their respects Saturday to the late King of Pop on the second anniversary of his shock death, as his famous “Thriller” video jacket went under the hammer in Los Angeles. Fans were allowed to place flowers by the singer’s mausoleum at the…

Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This would have made an interesting episode of “The Brady Bunch.” Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York…

Comedy icon Jerry Lewis ill in Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) – Veteran US comedian Jerry Lewis has had to cancel a sell-out Sydney tour after collapsing from exhaustion as he prepared to take the stage, promoters said Saturday. The 85-year-old was due to perform before a packed house in western Sydney Friday night to raise money for muscular…

Actor Peter Falk dies at age 83

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Peter Falk, an Emmy winning actor who played the absent-minded but smart police detective Columbo on hit 1970′s television show “Columbo,” has died, a family attorney said on Friday. “Peter Falk, 83 year-old Academy Award nominee and star of television series, Columbo, died peacefully at his…

Reggae star Buju Banton sentenced 10 years for cocaine trafficking

WASHINGTON — Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was Thursday sentenced in Florida to ten years in prison for cocaine trafficking, federal court documents showed. Thirty-seven-year-old Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, was found guilty of possession of more than five kilos of cocaine, with “intent to distribute,” by…

Two years on, Michael Jackson’s death still a mystery

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Two years after Michael Jackson’s shock death, the mystery over exactly how he died continues to fuel legal wrangling, conspiracy theories and family strains over the King of Pop’s clouded legacy. While fans are expected to pay their respects this weekend — including by dropping red…

Winklevoss twins end appeal of Facebook settlement

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Olympic rowing twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court a ruling upholding their $65 million settlement with Facebook Inc and its founder Mark Zuckerberg, signaling the possible end of the long-running dispute. The 2008 accord was intended to resolve a feud over whether Zuckerberg stole…

Prize-winning reporter Jose Antonio Vargas reveals he’s in U.S. illegally

WASHINGTON — A former reporter for The Washington Post who shared a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre has written another extraordinary story: his own. Jose Antonio Vargas, 30, revealed in a 4,300-word article published in The New York Times magazine on Wednesday that he is…

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