Actress Halle Berry gives birth to baby boy

Berry poses at the premiere of "The Call" in Los AngelesBy Andrea Burzynski NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actress Halle Berry gave birth to a baby boy on Saturday, her representative confirmed to Reuters. The baby is Berry's second child and her first with French actor Olivier Martinez. Berry and Martinez, both 47, married in July. Berry has a five-year-old daughter, Nahla, with Canadian model Gabriel Aubry. Berry's representative declined to give further details. …


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France bows to stage director Patrice Chereau, dead at 68

French director Patrice Chereau attends a photocall in Venice.By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) – The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68. Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back. …


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Billionaire Soros weds consultant in third marriage

Billionaire George Soros and his fiancee Tamiko Bolton arrive at the Museum of Modern Art in New YorkBy Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK (Reuters) – George Soros, the 83-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and supporter of liberal political causes, married for a third time on Saturday, tying the knot with education consultant Tamiko Bolton. Soros and Bolton, 42, exchanged vows in a small ceremony at his Bedford, New York, estate, which Soros bought in 2003 from "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton. …


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Actor Tom Hanks says he has type 2 diabetes

File photo of Tom Hanks attending The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" in Santa Monica(Reuters) – Actor Tom Hanks has said that he has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the metabolic disease. Hanks, 57, told late night talk show host David Letterman on Monday that he had been battling high blood sugar for some time. "I went to the doctor, and he said, 'You know those high blood-sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated! You've got type 2 diabetes, young man,'" Hanks said on CBS network's "Late Show with David Letterman. …


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Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson’s death

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson, Deborah Chang and Kevin Boyle listen as jurors are polled following the verdict in Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. …


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Marilyn Monroe plastic surgery notes, X-rays up for auction

A folder containing notes and X-rays of Marilyn Monroe by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin is seen in this handout photo provided by Julien's Auctions in Beverly HillsLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A physician's notes on Marilyn Monroe that indicate that the Hollywood sex symbol had undergone cosmetic surgery will be up for sale next month along with a set of her X-rays, an auction house said on Tuesday. The set of six X-rays and a file of doctors' notes that offer a partial medical history of the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" actress from 1950 to 1962, are expected to fetch between $15,000 and $30,000 at auction on November 9-10, said Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. …


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Physician emerges as seller of Marilyn Monroe plastic surgery notes

A folder containing notes and X-rays of Marilyn Monroe by Hollywood plastic surgeon Michael Gurdin is seen in this handout photo provided by Julien's Auctions in Beverly HillsBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California plastic surgeon said on Wednesday he is behind the auction of a physician's notes that shows actress Marilyn Monroe had undergone cosmetic surgery, and he will donate the proceeds to assist U.S. veterans with medical work. Norman Leaf, who had previously requested anonymity, told Reuters that interest in the auction of the notes along with a set of X-rays caused him to come forward. …


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LA jury reaches verdict in Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in packed courtroom in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of pop singer Michael Jackson against concert promoter AEG Live, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said. The verdict, which will be read at 3:30 p.m. PT (2230 GMT), caps a five-month trial that opened a window into the singer's private life and final days. Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children sued AEG Live over the singer's 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. …


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Catholic rebel Kueng, 85, considers assisted suicide

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) – Hans Kueng, Roman Catholicism’s best known rebel theologian, is considering capping a life of challenges to the Vatican with a final act of dissent – assisted suicide. Kueng, now 85 and suffering from Parkinson’s disease, writes in final volume of his memoirs that people have a right to “surrender” their lives to God voluntarily if illness, pain or dementia make further living unbearable. …

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Tom Clancy, U.S. master of spy thriller novels, dies at 66

File of Novelist Tom ClancyBy Scott Malone (Reuters) – Best-selling U.S. author Tom Clancy, who thrilled readers with vivid descriptions of soldiers and spies in novels including "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games," has died at 66, his publisher said on Wednesday. Clancy, whose books sold more than 100 million copies, died on Tuesday in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, Penguin said. "I'm deeply saddened by Tom's passing," said David Shanks, a Penguin executive who had worked with Clancy from the start of his writing career through the upcoming "Command Authority," which is due out in December. …


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