Criminal lawyer courts UK charts in her alter ego as pop star

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian lawyer who for years has traded her staid court robes and wig for fur and lycra to sing pop tunes in her off hours now stands only a step away from every musician's dream - breaking into the top 10 on the music charts.

World's oldest person celebrates his 116th birthday in Japan

KYOTO (Reuters) - The world's oldest living person, Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, celebrated his 116th birthday on Friday with congratulations from around the world and from Japan's prime minister.

Hotelier trapped in Austrian lift for four days

VIENNA (Reuters) - The Swedish manager of an Austrian hotel was trapped in a faulty lift for four days before a bread delivery man heard his cries for help on Friday, police said.

Playboy club to miss date with sun-kissed Indian state

By Shilpa Jamkhandikar MUMBAI (Reuters) - Plans to open India's first Playboy club in coastal Goa state have hit a stumbling block, with local politicians rejecting the idea of "bunnies" on its pristine beaches amid growing pressure for better treatment of women after a fatal gang rape last year. India has strict censorship laws and there is no Indian version of Playboy magazine, but the promoters of the Playboy brand in India last year revealed plans to open clubs around the country, with dress adapted to fit Indian mores. ...

Criminal lawyer courts UK charts in her alter ego as pop star

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian lawyer who for years has traded her staid court robes and wig for fur and lycra to sing pop tunes in her off hours now stands only a step away from every musician's dream - breaking into the top 10 on the music charts. "Luv Bomb", the debut single by "Bowie Jane", the 27-year-old's musical alter ego, has climbed to No. 11 on the UK Pop Club Charts in the high point of a double life she has kept secret for more than four years. "Of course my close friends were aware ... ...

World's oldest person celebrates his 116th birthday in Japan

KYOTO (Reuters) - The world's oldest living person, Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, celebrated his 116th birthday on Friday with congratulations from around the world and from Japan's prime minister. Kimura was crowned the world's oldest person by Guinness World Records last December after the death of 115-year-old Dina Manfredini of Iowa in the United States. "I truly congratulate you on your 116th birthday," Prime Minister Shenzo Abe said in a video message. "I'm 58 years old, still a young man at only half your age. ...

Hotelier trapped in Austrian lift for four days

VIENNA (Reuters) - The Swedish manager of an Austrian hotel was trapped in a faulty lift for four days before a bread delivery man heard his cries for help on Friday, police said. The 58-year-old was in good physical condition after his ordeal in the spa town of Bad Gastein near Salzburg, police in the mountainous Austrian province said. "He told police he had done a hunting course with survival training in the Swedish military, which stood him in good stead in this case," a police statement said. ...

Watch a space walk streamed live from the International Space Station

Live streaming by Ustream If you’re feeling a need to get away–far, far away--from the news today, consider an out-of-this-world show from NASA. A six-hour space walk at the International Space Station is being live streamed. Two Russian astronauts, Pavel Vinogradov and Roman Romanenko, will exit the station to do some work in the vacuum [...]

New app prevents incest in Iceland

A new cellphone app touts itself as a way for Iceland's singles to avoid sleeping with relatives — as the isolated country's small population of 320,000 means most people are related.

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