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  • Time editor Rick Stengel, Daniel Day-Lewis and Steven Spielberg (Yahoo/Dylan Stableford)

    In person, Daniel Day-Lewis looks almost nothing like Abraham Lincoln. (He looks something like an English soccer player.) On screen, though, Daniel Day-Lewis looks--and possibly sounds--almost exactly like Abraham Lincoln.

    "It's lucky for me that no one can say positively what he sounded like," said Day-Lewis on Thursday in New York, following Time magazine's packed VIP screening of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-baiting "Lincoln" biopic.

    The 55-year-old London-born actor said he spent a year trying to get into the 16th president's head.

    "If you approach Lincoln head on, it's like a child in front of a monument," Day-Lewis said. "You have to come at him from an angle—behind his left shoulder."

    "I try not to dismember a character--a life--into its component parts," he continued. "Because the voice is such a deep personal reflection of character, I leave it alone. If I'm very lucky I begin to hear a voice--not supernatural--but it's a powerful moment. Thank God it did happen in this case. I began to hear a voice as I drew closer to the man." (While filming, Day-Lewis would even send text messages as Lincoln to Sally Field, who played Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd.)

    The star of such period films as "Last of the Mohicans," "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood" (Time magazine referred to him as "the greatest living actor" in this week's issue) said he was humbled by the opportunity to play Lincoln.

    "For me, growing up in southeast London, it's so inconceivable that in my life I'd play this man and grow to love him," Day-Lewis said.

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  • Share your snow photos


    Snow started accumulating on America's mountain peaks weeks ago, but many regions of the country didn't start seeing snowfall until recently.

    Now that the first hints of winter are appearing, Yahoo! News wants readers and photographers to share their best first-snow photos from this season. We're interested in your shots—whether you're snapping photos of your city's streets or you're road-tripping through the countryside.

    Here are a couple ways you can share:

    Add your photos to Yahoo! News' Flickr group

    Share your photos through Yahoo! Contributor Network

    The best readers' photos will be displayed in slideshows on Yahoo! News.

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  • The comedian Tina Fey has a serious bone to pick with "grey-faced" men who would have their say on women's reproductive rights. Her comments, surfaced by BuzzFeed, have sparked interest on the Web.

    In a talk at the Center for Reproductive Rights' Inaugural Gala last night, the "30 Rock" creator slammed Congressman Todd Akin's definition of "legitimate rape."

    The 42-year-old performer, a special guest at the gala, lamented, "I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues. But it seems we can't right now."

    The former "Saturday Night Live" star added, "If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar hair cut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind." In an attempt to sum up Akin's "legitimate rape" phrase, Fey gave up, saying simply, "I can't even finish this sentence without getting dumber."

    In a TV interview this summer, Akin explained why he does not believe abortion should be legal in cases of rape. The congressman

    Read More »from Tina Fey calls out ‘gray-faced men’ talking about rape

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  • Obama could curb corporate 'inversions' on his own: ex-U.S. official
    Obama could curb corporate 'inversions' on his own: ex-U.S. official

    By Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could act without congressional approval to limit a key incentive for U.S. corporations to move their tax domiciles abroad in so-called "inversion" deals, a former senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Monday. By invoking a 1969 tax law, Obama could bypass congressional gridlock and restrict foreign tax-domiciled U.S companies from using inter-company loans and interest deductions to cut their U.S. tax bills, said Stephen Shay, former deputy assistant Treasury secretary for international tax affairs in the Obama administration.

  • Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril
    Vietnam's taste for cat leaves pets in peril

    The enduring popularity of "little tiger" as a snack to accompany a beer in Vietnam means that cat owners live in constant fear of animal snatchers, despite an official ban. At an unassuming restaurant next to a carwash in central Hanoi, a cat is prepared for hungry clients: drowned, shaved and burned to remove all fur before being cut up and fried with garlic. "A lot of people eat cat meat. Vietnam has forbidden the consumption of cats in an effort to encourage their ownership and keep the capital's rat population under control.

  • Shares down on Russia sanctions, weak housing

    By Angela Moon NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets fell on Monday as new European sanctions against Moscow chilled the already frosty relationship with Russia while the dollar hovered near six-month highs against a basket of major currencies. U.S. stocks opened lower after data showed contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes fell unexpectedly in June, casting a cloud over the housing market recovery.

  • California lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured
    California lightning hits 14; 2 critically injured

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

  • EVERYDAY WALK IN THE PARK IS MARRED BY MAN'S SILENT STARE

    DEAR ABBY: I am a woman in my 30s. Every morning I walk my dog in the park near my house. Each morning I see the same maintenance man in the park and he stares at me in a way that makes me uncomfortable. I have tried saying "Good morning," but he doesn't reply and just continues to stare. I don't think I should have to stop frequenting the park because this creepy man works there. ...

  • Kiev wrests control of part of MH17 site
    Kiev wrests control of part of MH17 site

    Ukraine's army on Monday seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, insurgents said, as the UN announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime. After explosions and fighting blocked a new attempt by Dutch and Australian police to access the east Ukraine crash site, Kiev confirmed that its forces were engaged in fierce clashes with rebels nearby. The Ukrainian military said its troops had battled their way into to a string of towns around the scene, including Shakhtarsk, 10 kilometres (six miles) away. More than 1,100 people have been killed in the fighting engulfing east Ukraine over the past three months, the UN said, a toll that does not include the plane crash victims.

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