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Gay British musician Elton John marries partner under new law

LONDON (Reuters) – British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year. John, one of Britain’s most prominent musicians and gay … Continue reading

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Final ‘Hobbit’ film draws holiday season crowds at box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The last movie of Peter Jackson’s three “Hobbit” films rode to the top of U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, selling an estimated $56.2 million worth of tickets and boosting the holiday movie season … Continue reading

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Sweden’s Princess Madeleine expecting second child

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden’s Princess Madeleine, fourth in line to the throne, is expecting her second child, the royal court said on Friday. The court said the baby is due in the summer of 2015. “We are very happy and … Continue reading

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Opera lovers fly long distance to hear Royal Opera sing

LONDON (Reuters) – Not everyone would fly 5,600 miles for an opera whose set consisted at times of two chairs and a cheap-looking table, but Johannesburg lawyer Emile Myburgh did it for Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at London’s Royal Opera … Continue reading

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U.S. court backs $2.1 million copyright award for song ‘Whoomp!’

TEXARKANA, Texas (Reuters) – The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld a $2.1 million jury award in a copyright infringement case involving the 1993 hit rap song “Whoomp! (There It Is).” The song, which reached … Continue reading

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George Clooney criticizes Hollywood in Sony cyber attack

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oscar winner George Clooney slammed Hollywood power players for not supporting Sony Pictures following the cyber attack on the company over the satirical comedy “The Interview” about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Sony on Wednesday … Continue reading

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‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ songwriter Henley dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Reuters) – Larry Henley, the songwriter best-known for “Wind Beneath My Wings,” has died at the age of 77 at a hospice in Nashville, Tennessee, after a prolonged illness, colleagues and friends said on Friday. His long-time friend, … Continue reading

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Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday said it was weighing the proportional response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the cancellation of the film “The Interview.” … Continue reading

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Washington weighs response to Sony hack; options limited

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Thursday said it was weighing the proportional response to the sophisticated perpetrator of a cyberattack that crippled Sony Pictures, exposed its executives and led to the cancellation of the film “The Interview.” … Continue reading

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Stars fill the stage as Stephen Colbert closes his ‘Report’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stephen Colbert filed his final “Colbert Report” on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show with the help of scores of celebrities who crowded onto the stage for a rousing sendoff to the tune … Continue reading

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