French Holocaust survivor Simone Veil dies at 89

PARIS (Reuters) – Simone Veil, a former magistrate and Holocaust survivor best known in France for legalizing abortion in the 1970s, died on Friday. She was 89 years old. Late Auschwitz survivor and French health minister Simone Veil and her late husband Antoine Veil appear on a giant banner on the Pantheon in Paris, France June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit TessierA Jewish survivor of a Nazi death camp at Ravensbruck with the prisoner number 78651 tattooed on her arm, she was also a fervent European and civil libertarian, becoming the first…

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Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the U.S. media, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the Washington Post and Fox News said. Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other U.S. newspapers. His work had been curtailed since having an abdominal tumor removed last August and in an open letter on June 8 he said doctors told…

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Veteran journalist at Time, Bloomberg named Los Angeles Times editor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former top editor at Bloomberg, Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal, who has steered some of the most influential U.S. publications over five decades, has been hired as executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, the paper’s new owner said on Monday. Norman Pearlstine, 75, will become the first person to lead the Times under the ownership of Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a South African billionaire whose purchase of the paper closed earlier in the day. “Not only does he have amazing experience with the…

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Tatum hopes to set pulses racing with 'Magic Mike' London show

LONDON (Reuters) – Channing Tatum hopes to set London pulses racing with seductive dance routines and plenty of acrobatics in his new “Magic Mike” show, a live production he says offers an updated take on male stripper performances. FILE PHOTO: Cast member Channing Tatum poses at the premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” in Los Angeles, California February 1, 2016. The movie opens in the U.S. on February 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File PhotoThe 38-year-old, who starred in the “Magic Mike” films about male entertainers, is co-directing the show based on the movies. “Magic…

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Designer Kate Spade found dead in apparent suicide, police say

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kate Spade, the designer who built a fashion empire on her signature handbags before selling the brand, was found dead in her New York City apartment on Tuesday morning in an apparent suicide, police said. FILE PHOTO: Kate Spade arrives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York on June 2, 2003, at the New York Public Library. REUTERS/Chip East/File PhotoSpade, 55, hanged herself and was found by her housekeeper at her home on Park Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the…

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Designer Kate Spade found dead in her apartment in apparent suicide: media reports

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, was found dead in her New York City apartment in an apparent suicide, police said. FILE PHOTO: Kate Spade arrives at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York on June 2, 2003, at the New York Public Library. REUTERS/Chip East/File PhotoHer body was found by her housekeeper and she left a note, CBS New York reported, citing unnamed sources. Spade was a co-founder of the designer label Kate Spade New York, which she later sold. The New…

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Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch saves cyclist from muggers in London

LONDON (Reuters) – British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his portrayal of fictional crime-fighter Sherlock Holmes and comic book superhero Doctor Strange in the Marvel movies, has been hailed a hero for chasing away four assailants as they mugged a cyclist in London. FILE PHOTO: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Avengers: Infinity War fan event in London, Britain April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File PhotoCumberbatch, 41, jumped out of his taxi and ran to the aid of the man working for food delivery company Deliveroo as he was set upon by…

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein indicted for rape: Manhattan prosecutor

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been indicted on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Film producer Harvey Weinstein stands with his lawyer Benjamin Brafman (L) inside Manhattan Criminal Court during his arraignment in Manhattan in New York, U.S., May 25, 2018. Steven Hirsch/Pool via REUTERSWeinstein’s indictment by a grand jury follows his arrest and court appearance last Friday on charges related to two among the scores of women who have accused…

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Political prankster and Nixon nemesis Dick Tuck dead at age 94

(Reuters) – Dick Tuck, the one-time Democratic Party operative who made a career of political pranks and subterfuge, specializing in tormenting Richard Nixon, has died at the age of 94, his longtime friend Lorraine Glicksman said. Tuck died on Monday in Tucson, Arizona, Glicksman, who said she was executor of Tuck’s estate, said in a Wednesday telephone interview. Tuck was Puck, Shakespeare’s mischievous sprite from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – if Puck had been a Democratic Party campaign consultant with a major fixation on Richard Nixon. “I never tried to…

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