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2006-07-12 10:05:00

LONDON -- Working long hours has a greater negative impact on women than men because it makes them more likely to smoke, drink coffee and eat unhealthy food. Both sexes consume less alcohol if they spend more time working, researchers said on Wednesday, but toiling extra hours makes women crave unhealthy snacks. "Women who work long hours eat more high-fat and high-sugar snacks, exercise less, drink more caffeine and, if smokers, smoke more than their male colleagues," said Dr. Daryl...

2006-07-06 06:30:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- A discerning guest at a Manhattan cocktail party removed a scorpion from its bed of cheese on an endive leaf and popped it in his mouth, determined to savour the taste unadulterated. "Nutty, sweet," was the verdict of Gourmet magazine food editor Ian Knauer at the recent soiree. "That's an antenna," he added, pointing to a morsel of cricket left poking through lips of his companion at the Explorers Club in New York, which likes to entertain its well-traveled...

2006-07-04 07:45:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- A discerning guest at a Manhattan cocktail party removed a scorpion from its bed of cheese atop an endive leaf and popped it in his mouth, determined to savor the taste unadulterated. "Nutty, sweet," was the verdict of Gourmet magazine food editor Ian Knauer at the recent soiree. "That's an antenna," he added, pointing to a morsel of cricket left poking through lips of his companion at the Explorers Club in New York, which likes to entertain its well-traveled...

2006-06-14 01:05:00

By Georg Szalai NEW YORK -- In the months before 20th Century Fox launches its big-screen version of "The Simpsons" next year, parent company News Corp. plans to muster every part of its entertainment empire to promote the film, president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin said Tuesday. In so doing, News Corp. will maximize the marketing muscle of its various divisions while allowing them to benefit from the halo effect of the popular cartoon franchise, Chernin explained. Speaking at...

2006-06-12 11:40:00

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A civil rights watchdog agency has decided to open an investigation into a Philadelphia cheese steak restaurant that posted a sign saying "This is America - when ordering, speak English." The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations will file a complaint later on Monday, effectively opening an agency case against Geno's Steaks of South Philadelphia, said Rachel Lawton, acting executive director of the agency. The Philadelphia controversy has fed a...

2006-06-06 18:55:00

By Georg Szalai NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has been earning some bullish reviews on Wall Street in recent weeks, with analysts raving about continued strong earnings momentum, an increased stock buyback program and the value of developing assets. The big box office success of "X-Men: The Last Stand" has helped to create some Main Street buzz. It may be no surprise, then, that News Corp. shares hit new 52-week highs on the New York Stock Exchange Monday --...

2006-06-05 07:20:00

By Monica Machicao MONTERO, Bolivia (Reuters) - Like hundreds of thousands of Bolivian peasants, Justina Cesari has no land to call her own. For the last year, she has been squatting illegally with her family on a vast sugar-cane plantation. Bolivian President Evo Morales has vowed to redistribute idle farmland to poor peasants, alarming wealthy landowners in the agricultural heartland of Santa Cruz where sprawling cattle ranches and soy farms stretch across the tropical plains. But for...

2006-05-17 01:50:00

TOKYO -- Foreigners arriving in Japan will be photographed and fingerprinted on arrival as part of measures to prevent terrorism, under a measure approved by Japan's parliament on Wednesday. Civic groups and lawyers have said the legislation, approved by parliament's upper house, risks breaching human rights and invading individuals' privacy. The new legislation, which had previously passed the lower house and now becomes law, exempts children under 16, diplomats and "special permanent...

2006-05-09 20:05:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - Australia's orange-bellied parrot and the Florida panther are in an exclusive but growing club -- rare species getting costly protection even as the world faces what may be the worst wave of extinctions since the dinosaurs. Governments in rich nations sometimes write virtual blank checks to protect exotic animals -- even as thousands of less glamorous creatures and plants slide silently into oblivion. Many experts say it is...

2006-03-23 11:45:00

By Mark Egan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Troubled spirits come to Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood once a week to seek solace and advice from a man who by day works as a Wall Street bond salesman. Each Monday a group of about 16 members of the Spiritists Group of New York meet in a building normally used for dance and acting rehearsals to discuss personal problems and work on their spiritual energy. Then they talk with tormented spirits to help them, in what organizers call charity work....


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'