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Monday, August 18, 2014
De Niro, Batman, the Blues Brothers: Chicago in movies
So this was the spot where Cameron Diaz stood and gave the “yes” word in the romantic tear-jerker film “My Best Friend's Wedding”? Over and over, tourists are taking snapshots of the otherwise unimposing church in Chicago's area called the Magnificent Mile. Its real name is the Fourth Presbyterian Church.
Torrei Hart's career took a backseat for years to raise two children, allowing her then-husband Kevin Hart to pursue his comedy career.
A Polish artist famed for slipping crocheted covers around unlikely objects has gotten into hot water in Mexico for slipping her brightly colored work around underwater sculptures near Cancun.
China eyes growth with world's largest aquarium
A giant 63-meter blue whale shark statue towers over the world's largest aquarium, on a Chinese island being promoted as a testing ground for reforms aimed at encouraging domestic consumption as the driver of economic growth.
Mao's archenemy Chiang Kai-shek part of mainstream
Photos of Mao's archenemy Chiang Kai-shek adorn the walls of a Beijing restaurant, and his face looks up at diners from the menu. Online, the deposed Chinese leader's image is used to sell the kinds of lamps and swords he might have used. A liquor brand has patterned its bottle on Chiang's memorial in Taipei.
Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of America's most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.
Aid workers rushing to save lives worldwide are increasingly becoming targets for attack, in a worrying development for NGOs trying to ease suffering in hostile war zones.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Animals caught in crossfire, trapped at Gaza zoo
The lions sit dazed in the shade of their damaged pen, while nearby the decayed carcasses of two vervet monkeys lie contorted on the grass of a Gaza zoo.
The Alaskan town where it's Christmas every day
The mail comes in sackloads to the town of North Pole every day, all addressed to Santa Claus. The 2,000-inhabitant town in the U.S. state of Alaska does pretty well out of an irresistible name.
The kids at the Covenant House homeless shelter are always looking for somebody to lean on. They got it one summer night last year, along with a lullaby sung by some of Broadway's best.
  
  
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