• Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender. The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon that gave him the unofficial title of "World's Greatest Athlete." At the outset of the taped interview at Jenner's Malibu, California, house, Sawyer asked "Are you a woman?" and Jenner responded, "Yes, for all intents and purposes I am a woman." "People look at me differently," Jenner added. "I was not genetically born that way," Jenner said.

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  • FBI: Korean firm scammed out of $375K for fake Pharrell show

    A man scammed a South Korean steel company out of $375,000 by claiming he worked with a Japanese talent agency that could help the company book a concert by musician Pharrell Williams, FBI agents in Pennsylvania said. Sigismond Segbefia, of Silver Spring, Maryland, faces multiple charges, including wire fraud, bank fraud and identity theft. At least one woman lost $185,000 from December 2013 to August 2014 in the scam, the FBI said.

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  • Giggs will succeed me as Manchester United manager - Van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal has revealed he expects assistant Ryan Giggs to succeed him as Manchester United manager. Giggs is United's all-time appearance-maker, having played 963 games during a 23-year career at Old Trafford and won 22 major trophies at the club under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. The 41-year-old joined David Moyes' backroom team in the summer of 2013 and was named interim manager when the Scot was sacked last April, winning two of his four games in charge.

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  • Naked nationalist stirs up Japan elections

    A naked nationalist is stirring up election billboards in Japan, offering a bit of colour -- and a lot of flesh -- to get out the vote. Right winger Teruki Goto is pictured on his campaign poster in his birthday suit, wielding a samurai-style sword in front of two Rising Sun flags and the imperial chrysanthemum crest. Elections in Japan tend to be very staid affairs: candidates' campaigns generally consist of them wearing a sash bearing their name as they stand outside train stations greeting commuters -- most of whom do their best not to make eye contact.

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  • Sawyer Sweeten of 'Everybody Loves Raymond' dies at 19

    Sawyer Sweeten, who played one of Ray Romano's twin sons in the CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. Madylin, and Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan, all played the children in the sitcom's fictional Barone family. In a statement Madylin, who is four years older than Sawyer, said the family was requesting privacy.

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  • Schweinsteiger has fallen behind Alonso and will leave Bayern Munch - Hamann

    Former Germany international Dietmar Hamann expects Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. The midfielder had to settle for a spot on the bench in the club's 6-1 Champions League win over Porto on Tuesday as Pep Guardiola preferred Xabi Alonso in the engine room and Hamann thinks that the Spaniard's presence could force out Schweinsteiger. "The game against Porto was quite meaningful for two players in particular," Hamann told Kicker.

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  • Cost of Galaxy's battle against iPhone on the rise

    By Se Young Lee SEOUL, (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics has pulled out all the stops on its new Galaxy smartphones, but their modest prices compared to the latest iPhones throw an uneasy spotlight on the long-term cost of fighting Apple's premium branding. The 64-gigabyte model of the Galaxy S6 edge costs $290.45 to make, according to IHS Technology. For the price of producing 100 sets of this S6 edge model, Apple can make 121 sets of 64-GB iPhone 6 Plus, calculations by Reuters show.

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  • Singtel to waive local mobile data charges on 1 May

    Singtel has announced that it will be waiving local mobile data charges on Labour Day (1 May) in light of the mobile data incident on Wednesday (22 April), which prompted a flood of complaints by irate customers. “Customers may be experiencing intermittent difficulties accessing 3G and 4G mobile data services,” said Singtel via Facebook at 3pm. @Singtel what is wrong with the network now?

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  • Pacquiao's Olympic dream dashed

    Superstar Manny Pacquiao's wanted to fight at the Rio Games next year but does not qualify to be among the first professionals to compete at an Olympics, the head of boxing's governing body said. Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) said the Filipino, who takes on Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in a record-breaking welterweight title fight, has been in too many professional fights. "He (Pacquiao) always dreamed of going to the Olympics, but now he can't because he did more than 20 professional fights," Wu told AFP on the sidelines of the SportAccord convention in Sochi, Russia.

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  • Documents: Argument over boyfriend before Wisconsin killings

    A Wisconsin teen accused of killing her mother and stepfather carried out the slayings the same day they warned her 22-year-old boyfriend to stay away from her, according to court documents made public Friday. Ashlee Martinson, 17, was formally charged in Oneida County after being brought back from Indiana, where she was arrested last month. Investigators say Martinson locked her three sisters, ranging in age from 9 to 2, in a room before fleeing their rural home.

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  • Strippers at funerals a grave offence, say Chinese authorities

    Chinese authorities on Thursday bared the details of their latest anti-vice sweep: a campaign to halt the hiring of strippers at funerals. In a statement posted on its website, China's Ministry of Culture pledged a "crackdown" on the practice, which it said has become increasingly common in rural areas. "From time to time, 'stripteases' and other illegal performances have occurred in the countryside," the statement said, adding that authorities will "promptly investigate and punish" businesses and individuals involved in the risque shows.

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  • Golden Village Tampines Gets a Swanky Facelift!

    After 19 years of creating movie magic in the East, Golden Village Tampines reopens following a short hiatus on Monday, 20th April 2015. Check out the highlights of the revamped cineplex and the various promotions throughout the next two months! A sleek

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  • For expats, Singapore becoming (a bit) cheaper to call home

    By Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - When Ritika Verma relocated to Singapore with her husband three years ago, she settled for an apartment much smaller than she wanted. Singapore was ranked the world's most expensive city for the second consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit recently.

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  • Tokyo finds high levels of radiation in children's park

    Authorities in the Japanese capital have cordoned off a playground where high levels of radiation were detected this week, reviving concerns about nuclear contamination four years after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear regulators measured elevated radiation levels on Thursday in a children's park in central Tokyo, city officials said, more than 250 km (155 miles) from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in northeast Japan. It was not immediately clear why radiation levels were high in the park, which opened two years after the 2011 disaster.

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  • VB: Harper loves her brothers

    Victoria Beckham says her daughter Harper is "a little tomboy". The couple also have three sons and Victoria revealed her little girl adores her big brothers. Victoria and footballer David have been married for 15 years and split their time between America and England with Harper and boys Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 12 and ten-year-old Cruz.

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  • ‘Warcraft,’ ‘Mummy’ and ‘Pacific Rim 2’ Release Dates Shifted by Universal

    Universal Pictures on Thursday did some major rewrite work on its film release schedule, pushing back the opening dates of three projects, moving one up and setting the rollout dates for four others. Earlier in the day, the studio announced opening dates for “Furious 8” and two “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequels.

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  • Canadian mining executive found dead in Mongolia

    A Canadian mining executive in Mongolia trying to enforce a judgement of more than $100 million against the government for expropriation has been found dead in his hotel room, authorities said Friday. Jim Doak was chairman of uranium miner Khan Resources, a TSX-listed firm whose licences in the Dornod region were cancelled by Ulan Bator in 2009. The deposit is now operated by Russia's state-owned ARMZ Uranium Holding Co. Last month, an international arbitration tribunal in Paris awarded Khan Resources a $103.8 million settlement after arbitration proceedings against the Mongolian government, the company said.

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  • Ozil: Arsenal v Chelsea will be something special

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is hoping Sunday's clash with Chelsea will be "something special" despite the one-sided nature of this season's Premier League title race. The Blues are 10 points clear of Arsene Wenger's side at the top of the division with six games left to play. Arsenal enter the clash at the Emirates Stadium on an eight-game winning run and have been the Premier League's form team in 2015, taking 33 points from 13 matches.

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  • Night train kills 14 migrants 'sleeping' on Macedonia tracks

    A group of migrants trying to reach European opportunity via what's billed by smugglers as a "safe" route — trekking along train tracks through the Balkans — was hit by an overnight train in a remote river gorge in Macedonia, killing 14. Railway officials said many of those killed Thursday night had stopped to rest after an exhausting hourslong hike and were sleeping on the tracks when the train plowed into them. The overland route from Greece through Macedonia and Serbia has soared in popularity over the past two years as migrants seek a less dangerous path than the sea crossing from North Africa to Italy.

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  • 'Map spam' puts Google in awkward place

    Google was re-evaluating its user-edited online map system Friday after the latest embarrassing incident -- an image of an Android mascot urinating on an Apple logo. The image, part of a crowd-sourced edit on Google Maps, appeared briefly at a Pakistani location before it was removed by the online giant Friday. In a statement to US media, Google apologized for the inappropriate image and said it was working to step up verification of user edits on its Map Maker platform.

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