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Emma Watson 'touched' by reception in Uruguay

British actress Emma Watson 'touched' by Uruguay reception, calls for more women in politics
The Associated Press

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - British actor Emma Watson says she's "immensely touched" by the reception she received in Uruguay, where she travelled as a goodwill ambassador for the UN's women's agency.

Hundreds of young people greeted the 24-year-old Tuesday as she delivered a 4,000-signature petition to parliament calling for greater political participation by women.

Getting animals to dazzle on screen is wild job

New book offers snapshot into group's work to protect animals on film
Sue Manning, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - For animal trainers on film sets, the job can be wild. Getting snakes on a plane takes a bit of heat or light, but cajoling a bear to perform for the camera can require buckets of fried chicken.

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB

Medical experts say composer Frederic Chopin's preserved heart bears signs of tuberculosis
Monika Scislowska, The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland - The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.

The findings seem to corroborate Chopin's 1849 death certificate, which said the Polish-born musician died at the age of 39 in Paris from TB.

Puerto Rico police arrest reggaeton star Don Omar

Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
The Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence, according to police.

Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta. Authorities said he is suspected of threatening his 26-year-old partner.

China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case

Beijing police formally arrest Jackie Chan's son on suspicion of allowing others to take drugs
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Dongcheng District prosecutor's office said it had given approval for the formal arrest of actor Jaycee Chan following a request from police a week earlier. It made the announcement on its official Sina Weibo microblog.

Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

Lawyer tells jurors singer LaBelle had bodyguard, others beat cadet outside Houston airport
Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy.

Leonardo DiCaprio named UN Messenger of Peace

UN chief names Leonardo DiCaprio a UN Messenger of Peace to promote action on climate
Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press

Leonardo DiCaprio's movie roles have made him an international star, but his long and little-known commitment to preserving the global environment has led to his new role — as a U.N. Messenger of Peace.

Wallenda to tightrope walk over Chicago River

Nik Wallenda to tightrope walk 50 storeys above Chicago River
Caryn Rousseau, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Daredevil Nik Wallenda said Tuesday that his next tightrope walk will be more than 50 storeys high from one highrise building to another over the Chicago River.

Wallenda, 35, will attempt the feat without a net or harness. It will be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel at 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 2, the network said.

Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR's Tony Stewart

Grand jury to decide whether NASCAR star Tony Stewart will face charges in fatal crash
The Associated Press

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. - A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York.

Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday that after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff's investigators, he has decided to present it to a grand jury. Tantillo could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case.

Criticism mounting for Vikings, Adrian Peterson

Child abuse charge puts previously popular Adrian Peterson at centre of criticism
Jon Krawczynski, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - For as long as he's been in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most popular and most marketable stars in the league.

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