Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Man with 1st name ‘God’ sues credit rating agency

NEW YORK — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God.
According to the New York Post (http://bit.ly/1evP6XW ), God Gazarov says in a lawsuit that Equifax has refused to correct its system to recognize his name as legitimate.

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson turned away from US-bound flight

LONDON — Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who acknowledged last year that she had occasionally used cocaine, was denied permission to board a flight to the United States over the weekend, the U.S. Embassy said.
The embassy did not disclose the reason for refusing Lawson entry into the United States.

David Letterman ‘wrapping things up’ as CBS ‘Late Show’ host, announces retirement next year

NEW YORK — David Letterman’s departure from the late-night realm won’t just end an unmatched run on television. It also will close the book on an era reaching almost to the birth of TV.
During a taping of Thursday’s edition of “Late Show,” Letterman startled his audience with the news that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with CBS expires.

Tree trimmer survives after getting chain saw embedded in neck; boss calls rescue ‘amazing’

PITTSBURGH — A tree trimmer is recovering after he was rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital with a chain saw blade embedded in his neck.
James Valentine was in a tree in Ross Township on Monday afternoon when he was struck in the neck by the saw. Another worker helped him down, and his co-workers left the saw in place to try to limit the bleeding.

Toronto amnesiac whose case helped rewrite chapters of the book on memory dies

TORONTO — A Toronto man whose brain was among the most studied in the world has died.
He was known in his many appearances in the scientific literature as simply K.C., an amnesiac who was unable to form new memories. But to the people who knew him, and the scientists who studied him for decades, he was Kent Cochrane, or just Kent.

Say what? Paltrow’s ‘conscious uncoupling’ is a new entry in the Hollywood breakup lexicon

NEW YORK — Like any world unto itself, Hollywood has its own lexicon. But Gwyneth Paltrow’s use of the term “conscious uncoupling” to describe her breakup with Chris Martin this week had even Hollywood veterans scratching their heads and reaching — metaphorically at least — for a dictionary.

Colorado school says girl who shaved head for pal with cancer can stay, despite dress code

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Colorado charter school that told a third-grader she broke the rules when she shaved her head to support a friend with cancer says the girl can return to classes.
The Caprock Academy board of directors voted Tuesday to let Kamryn Renfro of Grand Junction stay in the school.
KJCT-TV reports (http://tinyurl.com/mau4cdy ) the vote was 3-1.

Burger King Baby finds birth mom 27 years later after Facebook campaign, gets long-awaited hug

A woman who, as a newborn, was abandoned in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant said Tuesday she has found her birth mother just three weeks after launching a search that garnered worldwide attention.

A rare, early Tennessee Williams story is published in Strand magazine

NEW YORK — Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of “The Glass Menagerie,” Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend — if only in name — to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.

With new documentary, former Miss World from Israel becomes global champion for rape victims

NETANYA, Israel — When 18-year-old Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was crowned Miss World in 1998, the tears streaming down her cheeks appeared to be the overwhelming joy of a young woman fulfilling a childhood dream. Few knew the painful truth behind them — that just six weeks earlier she had been raped at knifepoint.

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