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Robert Hass wins $100,000 poetry prize

In a Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 file photo, former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass poses on the campus of the University of California in Berkeley, Calif. AP

Robert Hass, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former US poet laureate, has received a $100,000 lifetime achievement award.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Chinese security guards stand on duty near a police car at a junction leading to the venue for the Beijing Independent Film Festival in Beijing Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. AP

Chinese authorities blocked an annual independent film festival from opening Saturday, seizing documents and films from organizers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.

Posted: August 24th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

Sakari Momoi, a 111-year-old Japanese retired educator, poses for a photo after receiving a certificate from a Guinness World Records official, left, in Tokyo on August 20. AP/KYODO NEWS

A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

S. Koreans defy US study, defend noodles diet

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Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts—in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his feet but still defiant over a report that links instant noodles to health hazards.

Posted: August 22nd, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

This handout photo provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History shows production scripts and press materials from NBC’s Will & Grace program, 2000-2006. Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the creative power behind the hit situation comedy, intentionally presented LGBT characters who were not stereotyped, caricatured, or demeaned. AP

Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution’s collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show “Will and Grace.”

Posted: August 20th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

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