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Lauren Bacall, smoky-voiced Hollywood legend, dies at 89

Lauren Bacall, the tough-talking femme fatale who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle, died on Tuesday at the age of 89, according to a statement from Bogart’s estate.<p>“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we<br>confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” read the brief but …

Japan's economy shrinks by 6.8% after sales tax rise

<b>Japan's economy contracted by an annualised 6.8% in the second quarter of the year, the biggest fall since 2011 when it was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.</b><p>The official gross domestic product (GDP) figure though was smaller than the 7.1% drop economists expected.<p>The shrinkage was largely in …

Confidence in German economy falters as Russia sanctions take their toll

Europe's standoff with Russia has affected the region's largest economy after economic confidence in Germany nosedived unexpectedly, fuelling fears the eurozone's weak recovery will be snuffed out.<p>Hostility between the west and Vladimir Putin over Russia's treatment of Ukraine is already hurting …

US sends 130 more military advisers to Iraq

Additional personnel, confirmed by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, to help with humanitarian assistance for displaced Iraqi civilians<p>The United States has sent 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis there, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said …

Comedy great Robin Williams hanged himself at home | Reuters

SAN RAFAEL Calif./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday, based on preliminary findings.<p>Flowers are seen on the late …

The pain behind Robin Williams' punchlines

Robin Williams spent decades battling addiction to cocaine and alcohol. Williams would sometimes turn his inner battles into the punchlines of his jokes. As brash and funny as his admissions sometimes seemed, they clearly did not tell the full story of his struggles. Wolf Blitzer takes a closer …

Protesters use hands-up gesture defiantly after Michael Brown shooting

Yet again, the protesters took to the sidewalks and streets, facing a row of police guarding the St. Louis County prosecutor's office. "Hands up!" they chanted, their arms aloft. "Don't shoot."<p>"This is how the boy died!" Kendrick Strong, 42, hollered at police officers Tuesday morning. "This is how …

What We're Loving: Atomic Weapons, Augustus, Ang Lee

The bronze head of Augustus with glass and alabaster eyes; from Meroë, Sudan, ca. 27–25 BC. Photo: British Museum<p>“I have worked in an atomic weapons depot, a Veterans’ psychiatric hospital and a perfectly awful mental hospital for juveniles, and in all of these places I did what I was told to do, …

Fleeing Yazidis bring tales of woe

<b>Through a haze of heat, hundreds of men and women from the Sinjar mountains finally reached sanctuary - of a sort - in northern Iraq on Tuesday.</b><p>Yazidi families streamed over the border in their hundreds, into Kurdistan, carrying their children, and little else. Their ordeal was etched on every face.<p>…

Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask

Viv was named after the Latin root meaning <i>live</i>. Its San Jose, California, offices are decorated with tchotchkes bearing the numbers six and five (VI …