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  • Beyonce's Entourage on Her Bowl Win

    You'd think Beyonce's choreographer would want to talk all about Sunday night's spectacular Super Bowl halftime show ( which did not cause the power in the Superdome to go out, for the record).

    You'd be wrong. Reached by phone today, Asa Jones, the Delaware choreographer who helped put together B's stunning performance, hung up multiple times and refused to answer questions about how she and Beyonce came up with the act.

    RELATED: Beyonce Electrifies Super Bowl Audience

    Others have embraced the moment. Rubin Singer, who designed outfits for Bey, Michelle Williams, and 120 of the 135 backup dancers released a sketch showing his initial concept for B's leather and lace look. In a press release, Singer said the getup required "no less than five fittings and well over 200-man hours with a team of 14 dedicated to creating the final look."

    Singer, a relatively unknown Russian-born designer, realizes

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  • Beyonce's Entourage Reacts to Her Superbowl Win

    You'd think Beyonce's choreographer would want to talk all about Sunday night's spectacular Super Bowl halftime show (which did not cause the power in the Superdome to go out, for the record).

    You'd be wrong. Reached by phone today, Asa Jones, the Delaware choreographer who helped put together B's stunning performance, hung up multiple times and refused to answer questions about how she and Beyonce came up with the act.

    RELATED: Beyonce Electrifies Super Bowl Audience

    Others have embraced the moment. Rubin Singer, who designed outfits for Bey, Michelle Williams, and 120 backup dancers released a sketch showing his initial concept for B's leather and lace look. In a press release, Singer said the getup required "no less than five fittings and well over 200-man hours with a team of 14 dedicated to creating the final look."

    Singer, a relatively unknown Russian-born designer, realizes this could be his Michelle Obama/Jason Wu moment. "Everyone's expecting

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  • 'Steven Tyler Act' to Protect Celebs

    It's tough being a celebrity. Not only are you invited - constantly - by hotels and resorts to come and stay for free, but you're then given the star treatment, so to speak. But nothing in life is truly free now is it? It seems those same celebrities are being hounded by reporters and photographers on their vacations, particularly those who choose to vacation in Hawaii.

    So rampant is this issue, it seems, that the Hawaii state legislature feels the need to address it. The proposed " Steven Tyler Act" would protect celebrities from such prying eyes, the bill says, by holding a person who "captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy," liable. In other words, they could be sued.

    At present, there is no

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  • Final Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies were mixed at the close of trading: CSX rose $.05 or .2 percent, to $32.39. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.96 or 1.3 percent, to $74.89. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

  • Scotland referendum: Live Report
    Scotland referendum: Live Report

    Edinburgh (AFP) - 10:35 GMT - AFP IS CLOSING THIS LIVE REPORT after Scots rejected independence in a referendum that left the 300-year-old union between Scotland and England intact but the United Kingdom heading for a major shake-up that will give more autonomy to its constituent nations.

  • Wall Street rises as Scots stay in UK, Alibaba debuts

    By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were rising in early trading on Friday, setting record highs on the Dow and S&P 500 after Scotland's vote to remain in the United Kingdom removed market uncertainty and Alibaba's strong pricing gave support to risk assets. Unionists' victory in Scotland's vote kept it in the United Kingdom and gave a boost to European stocks, while sterling rose against the euro and the U.S. dollar. ...

  • It's not a small world after all: world population will soar

    By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates, United Nations and other population experts said on Thursday. There is an 80 percent likelihood that the number of people on the planet, currently 7.2 billion, will increase to between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion by 2100, the researchers said. They also saw an 80 percent probability that Africa's population will rise to between 3.5 billion and 5. ...

  • Yamal, Russia's gas megaplan, becomes symbol of sanctions defiance

    By Katya Golubkova and Dmitry Zhdannikov MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dozens of Russian energy ventures are in jeopardy due to Western sanctions on technology and funding. Looming over them all, a giant project the Kremlin is bent on saving no matter what. The Yamal plan, a $27 billion investment to tap vast natural gas reserves in northwest Siberia, aims to double Russia's stake in the fast-growing market for liquefied natural gas. If it stays on track, it will also show the West that the world's largest energy industry is not cracking under sanctions. ...

  • Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State
    Kurdish leader urges world to protect Syrian town from Islamic State

    By Seyhmus Cakan DIKMETAS Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani called on Friday for international intervention to protect a Kurdish town in neighboring Syria from Islamic State fighters who have driven many Syrian Kurds to flee across the border to Turkey. Several thousand Kurds began crossing the frontier on Friday fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, after Islamic State (IS) fighters seized dozens of nearby villages over the past two days. ...

  • Capital One to offer co-branded Costco credit card in Canada

    By Solarina Ho TORONTO (Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp, which will stop accepting American Express Co cards in Canada beginning in the new year, will be partnering with Capital One Financial Corp, the credit card issuer said on Thursday. Members can sign up for a co-branded Platinum MasterCard, Capital One said in a statement, adding that MasterCard Canada has also entered into an agreement with Costco Canada to open credit card acceptance to MasterCard cardholders. ...

  • U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

    By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...

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