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Amy Winehouse documentary to feature unaired footage

A documentary on the life of tragic British singer Amy Winehouse will feature unseen footage of the late star, the company handling its sale at the Cannes film festival said on Thursday. Focus Features International, a division of US entertainment giant NBCUniversal, said it would be taking the as yet…

Unemployment claims fall to lowest level since mid-March

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since mid-March, the government reported Thursday, in a fresh sign of a slowly improving job market. Initial jobless claims totaled 339,000 in the week ending April 20, down from the prior week’s revised reading of 362,000, the…

Google Trends can predict stock movements

Google Trends, a tool that looks at patterns of searches on the Internet, is a potential money-spinner for investors as it provides hints of impending stock movements, a study said on Thursday. Researchers led by Tobias Preis at Warwick Business School in central England analysed data from Google Trends from…

Swedish police find drugs on Bieber’s tour bus

Swedish police said Thursday they had found a “small amount” of drugs on Canadian pop star Justin Bieber’s tour bus while he was performing in Stockholm. “We conducted a search of Justin Bieber’s bus and found a small amount of drugs,” Stockholm police spokesman Lars Bystroem told AFP. Police made…

Body pulled from Providence River positively identified as missing Brown student Sunil Tripathi

The Rhode Island Health Department confirmed this morning that the body pulled out of the Providence River at India Point Park on Tuesday night is that of missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi. The Tripathi family, which has been using social media to help locate their missing son, confirmed their…

Homeless ‘bill of rights’ passes California Assembly committee

California’s homeless “bill of rights” is one step closer to a full vote after being passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, would allow homeless people in California to legally sit, sleep and ask for donations……

American parents are ditching diapers for ‘elimination communication’

American parents are embracing a new trend, diaper-free child-rearing. A recent string of articles point to the growing parenting trend of diaper-free child-rearing. The idea, which is reportedly gaining popularity from New York to San Francisco, teaches newborns to use the toilet…  …

Pervasive preference for baby boys over girls prevails among parents in India

Worries about the age-old bias favoring male children. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro updates a story he did a dozen years ago about the skewed sex ratio of children born in India. It’s another in our Agents of Change series. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: For some months…  …

Senate retirements could be crucial in upcoming battle for political control on Capitol Hill

Montana Democrat Max Baucus surprised Capitol Hill by announcing he will not seek reelection when his term ends next year. That makes him the eighth senator, and the sixth Democrat, to step aside. The two Republicans…  …

Hundreds of thousands of Bangladesh’s garment workers walk out in protest over factory deaths

Hundreds of thousands of garment workers walked out of their factories in Bangladesh Thursday, police said, to protest the deaths of 200 people in a building collapse, in the latest tragedy to hit the sector. Grief turned to anger as the workers, some carrying sticks, blockaded key highways in at…

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