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‘The Partridge Family’ star and singer David Cassidy hospitalized

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer and actor David Cassidy, a 1970s teen heartthrob who starred in “The Partridge Family” television show, entered a hospital this week for treatment of liver failure, his spokeswoman said on Saturday. Cassidy’s family was with him, and the 67-year-old hoped to receive a liver transplant, his publicist Jo-Ann Geffen said. In “The Partridge Family,” Cassidy played a young man named Keith whose widowed mother formed a touring pop band with her children, including himself. Cassidy’s character sang lead. The sitcom ran from 1970 to 1974Read More

India gives ‘king of sweets’ a geographical tag to end bitter rivalry

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) – India has awarded a “geographical indications” tag to rosogolla, the king of Indian sweets, after a years-long battle between two neighboring states over the ownership rights. Varieties of ‘Rosogolla’, popularly known as the king of Indian sweets, are displayed inside a sweet shop in Kolkata, India, November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri Luscious rosogolla, or sweet cheese balls dripping with sugar syrup, have long been a favorite dessert across the Indian subcontinent and among the diaspora. But two eastern states, West Bengal and Odisha, have beenRead More

Federer leads unfamiliar cast as Nadal sweats over injury

MILAN (Reuters) – The huge hoardings around the O2 Arena promoting the season-ending ATP Finals will get some quizzical looks this year with several familiar faces conspicuous by their absence. Tennis – ATP World Tour Finals Preview – The O2 Arena, London, Britain – November 10, 2017 Switzerland’s Roger Federer during practice Action Images via Reuters/Tony O’Brien Home favorite Andy Murray, who memorably won the 2016 title to end the year ranked number one, three-times London champion Novak Djokovic, who Murray beat, pugnacious Swiss Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori, alongRead More

Kentucky accuses Endo of contributing to opioid epidemic

(Reuters) – Kentucky accused units of Endo International Plc on Monday of contributing to drug overdoses by deceptively marketing its painkiller Opana ER, in the latest lawsuit by state or local governments against the drugmaker amid an opioid epidemic. Kentucky Attorney General Steve Beshear said the lawsuit would seek to hold Endo responsible for illegally building a market for the long-term use of opioids in the state as part of an effort to boost corporate profits. The lawsuit, filed in a state court in Kentucky, claimed Endo sought to overstateRead More

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Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

SEOUL (Reuters) – Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labor for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been building resorts, swimming pools and other luxurious leisure facilities in what experts say is a bid to capture some of the individual wealth generated by growing private markets for goods and services. A series of races took place at the MirimRead More

Google uncovered Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail : source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a person briefed on the company’s probe told Reuters on Monday. The ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that bought ads on Facebook Inc (FB.O), but may indicate a broader Russian online disinformation effort, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss details of the confidential investigation byRead More

Cosby accuser asks U.S. appeals court to revive defamation lawsuit

BOSTON (Reuters) – A lawyer for an actress who claims Bill Cosby raped her in 1974 told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday that the comedian “destroyed” her reputation by calling her a liar after she came forward with her allegations in a 2014 newspaper interview. Katherine McKee’s lawyer made that claim as he urged the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to revive a defamation lawsuit she filed against Cosby based on a letter his lawyer sent the New York Daily News after it published the interview.Read More

Japan restaurant highlights dementia awareness

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – Diners have no complaints about the service at a pop-up restaurant in central Tokyo, where the 17 waiters and waitresses all suffer from dementia. “The Restaurant of Order Mistakes” – a play on the title of a classic Japanese children’s book, “The Restaurant of Many Orders” – is the brainchild of NHK television director Shiro Oguni, 38. The goal of his project, scheduled to run Sep. 16-18, is to raise awareness about dementia ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21, and allow the public toRead More