The Upshot
  • French voters headed to the polls to begin the process of picking "le president." France does things a little differently from the United States for its national election.

    For one thing, there are multiple parties, and the winning candidate must hold a majority of votes. Because this time around three candidates split the vote in round one, voters will head back for a second round of voting on May 6.

    The incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy is fighting to hold on for a second five-year term. The conservative will face socialist Francois Hollande, who managed to upset the standing president with a vote of 28.63% to 27.18%--but is still far from a majority needed to declare him the next president.

    A shocker: the strong showing of Marine Le Pen, who heads the anti-immigrant National Front party, which scored a sizable 18% of the vote. The daughter of the party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, she managed to almost double the party's vote since 2007, when the National Front took just 10.4%.

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  • ‘Pregnant man’ Thomas Beatie splits from wife

    Thomas Beatie, who made headlines in 2008 as the only legally recognized man known to have given birth, has separated from his wife of nine years, according to People magazine.

    Beatie, who has had three children with wife Nancy, announced the split during a taping of the CBS syndicated show "The Doctors."

    "Like all marriages, we have our ups and downs, and we're going through a rough patch right now," the 38-year-old Beattie said on the show, which will air May 7. "At the moment, we're separated."

    Beatie also revealed that he's had the final female-to-male gender reassignment surgery.

    Thomas Beatie, his wife Nancy and daughter Susan on Dec. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)

    "Nancy hasn't seen the new me yet," said Beatie, who started the sex-reassignment surgeries in 2002.

    The couple wed in 2003 in Hawaii, and Beatie gave birth to their first child, Susan, in July 2008. Since then, he has given birth to two sons, Austin and Jensen. All three children were conceived through artificial insemination from a sperm donor.

    The entire family, who lives in Bend, Ore., appeared on

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  • "Dog Whisperer" host Cesar Millan might need some consolation from man's best friend after his divorce was finalized.

    TMZ is reporting that the self-taught expert dog trainer must pay his ex-wife, Ilusión, a one-time amount of $400,000, a monthly spousal payment of $23,000, and another $10,000 for monthly child support.

    That may seem like a huge sum for a basic cable reality TV personality, but Millan can afford it.

    The recently filed divorce documents, which were obtained by TMZ, show that Millan makes $170,000 a month — which is over $2 million a year.  Though he is best known for hosting the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer" for eight seasons — it has millions of viewers and is broadcast to over 80 countries — the 42-year-old has also authored several best-selling books and runs a Dog Psychology Center. The latter, according to the New York Times, is a 43-acre mecca he calls "Disneyland for dogs."

    Cesar Millan and then-wife Ilusión Millan at the Imagen Awards on Aug. 21, 2008 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

    And then there is Cesar Millan Inc., which accounts for all of Millan's

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  • Pope Francis calls Foley family: priest
    Pope Francis calls Foley family: priest

    Pope Francis called the family of slain US journalist James Foley on Thursday to offer his condolences, a Catholic priest close to the family said. The gruesome video of Foley's beheading, released Tuesday by the Islamic State, a jihadist group operating in Iraq and Syria, has caused worldwide revulsion and outrage. "Pope Francis phoned the family of #JamesFoley this afternoon at their residence in New Hampshire.

  • What If We Couldn’t Get Divorced?
    What If We Couldn’t Get Divorced?

    How our lives would change if marriages really were forever.

  • Under fire for aid move, Russia lashes out at Ukraine, Lithuania

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia on Friday defended its decision to send a humanitarian aid convoy into Ukraine without official permission, saying there was sometimes "no chain of command" in Kiev and that Moscow was fed up playing games with the Ukrainian authorities. Speaking to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York, Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, also had sharp words about Lithuania, a temporary member of the U.N. Security Council, accusing it of systematically cutting down Russian U.N. initiatives with the aid of the United States and Britain.

  • Teen gets 11 years for carving swastika on boy

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon teenager who carved a swastika into another teen's forehead as he and others tortured the boy has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

  • New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect
    New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

  • Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents
    Vacationer-in-chief? How Obama’s R&R stacks up to other presidents

    Veteran White House reporter Larry Knutson’s new book on the history of presidential relaxation

  • Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders
    Who was customer 379? Starbucks customers 'pay it forward' in Florida for 378 orders

    At approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman in her mid-60s ordered an iced coffee from the drive-thru at a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks and offered to pay for a caramel macchiato ordered by the person behind her. For the next 11 hours, nearly 400 customers followed suit.

  • Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight
    Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight

    Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has won a Supreme Court reprieve in his battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes, authorities said Thursday. Pacquiao will not have to post a cash bond of 3.3 billion pesos ($75.2 million) and the government is banned from seizing any of his assets while his income tax case is being heard, according to a Supreme Court ruling. Pacquiao expressed relief at the ruling, which came ahead of a China tour starting next week to promote the Macau defence of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against unbeaten US challenger Chris Algieri in November. The dispute arose from an initial assessment from the government that Pacquiao, 35, owed 2.2 billion pesos in unpaid taxes for 2008 and 2009.

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