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  • Singer Lauryn Hill comeback gets off to rocky start in London

    By Matilda Egere-Cooper LONDON (Reuters) - Lauryn Hill's five shows in Britain this month were billed as a rare treat for fans of the elusive singer-songwriter, coming less than a year after she was released from U.S. federal prison where she served three months for tax evasion. But a late start, angry tweets and poor reviews marred her first sell-out gig at the Brixton Academy in London. The 39-year-old singer, famous for her 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill", arrived on stage with a five-piece band and three backing singers at 9:58 p.m. on Saturday. ...

  • Relatives: Vet arrested at White House needs help
    Relatives: Vet arrested at White House needs help

    MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — An Iraq war veteran accused of scaling a fence and making it into the White House before the Secret Service stopped him posed no threat to anyone and needs counseling instead of prosecution, members of his family said Sunday.

  • Tennis-Federer replaces injured Nadal in new league

    * Federer to team up with Sampras for Indian franchise * Nadal pulls out citing health problems (Adds details, more quotes) By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) but the organisers pulled off a coup on Monday by naming Swiss maestro Roger Federer as replacement for the injured Spaniard. Fourteen times grand slam winner Nadal dealt a big blow to the fledgling tournament by pulling out of the Indian franchise citing 'health problems'. ...

  • Chinese warships in first call at an Iran port
    Chinese warships in first call at an Iran port

    Two Chinese destroyers have arrived at Iran's Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, in an unprecedented visit attesting to a new rapprochement between the two countries, Iranian media reported Sunday.

  • German Merck to buy St. Louis-based Sigma-Aldrich

    German drug company Merck says it has agreed to buy St. Louis-based chemical firm Sigma-Aldrich Corp. for $17 billion in a deal Merck says will strengthen its business in chemicals and laboratory equipment. ...

  • Intruder was unarmed, seemed mentally ill; Obamas were not home
    Intruder was unarmed, seemed mentally ill; Obamas were not home

    The small army of Secret Service agents guarding the White House carry a wide range of weapons and get training on how to repel armed assaults – so why did no one shoot the intruder who jumped the fence on Friday and got all the way to the mansion’s doors?

  • Kurds say they have halted Islamic State advance on Syrian town

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish fighters have halted an advance by Islamic State fighters to the east of a predominantly Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, a spokesman for the main armed Kurdish group said. "Fierce clashes are still under way but the ISIS (Islamic State) advance to the east of Kobani has been halted since last night," Redur Xelil, spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group, the YPG, said via Skype. He said the eastern front was the scene of the fiercest fighting in the offensive launched by Islamic State last Tuesday on Kobani, also known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab. ...

  • NEWS ABOUT CHEATING BOYFRIEND IS AN UNWELCOME REVELATION

    DEAR ABBY: What are the ethics in outing a cheater? Someone I know has been cheated on by her boyfriend for two years -- about as long as she has been with him. I know this because the woman he has been cheating with is someone I know. Last week, I told the girl her boyfriend has been cheating. Now I am suddenly a pariah and outcast. I felt she had the right to know, but was I wrong? Should I not have told her? -- ANNOYED IN CHICAGO DEAR ANNOYED: In this age of social diseases, I don't think it's wrong to tell someone that a boyfriend/girlfriend is cheating so he or she can be tested. ...

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