Former IOC president Samaranch dies at 89

BARCELONA, Spain – Juan Antonio Samaranch, a reserved but shrewd dealmaker whose 21-year term as president of the International Olympic Committee was marked by both the unprecedented growth of the games and its biggest ethics scandal, died Wednesday at a hospital. He was 89. Samaranch, a courtly former diplomat who served as Spanish ambassador in […]

`Idol Gives Back’ promises Bill Gates surprise

Simon Fuller, the entertainment magnate behind “American Idol” and its charity event airing Wednesday, is trumpeting a starry lineup that includes Elton John, Alicia Keys and Carrie Underwood. But he played it coy when asked about the “Idol Gives Back” role of two other prominent people. Bill and Melinda Gates, supporters of the fundraiser since […]

American Idol winner sparks smoking debate

BOGOR, Indonesia – Just a few miles after passing a towering Marlboro Man ad, a second billboard off the highway promotes cigarettes with a new American face: Kelly Clarkson. The former American Idol winner invites fans to buy tickets to her upcoming concert in Jakarta, the nation’s capital. The logo of her sponsor is splashed […]

Dorothy Height, civil rights activist, dies at 98

Dorothy Height, the leading female voice of the 1960s civil rights movement and a participant in historic marches with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others, died Tuesday. She was 98. Height, whose activism on behalf of women and minorities dated to the New Deal, led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years. […]

Hip-hop icon Guru dies at age 43

Hip-Hop Luminary Guru Succumbs To Cancer Hip-hop icon Keith “Guru” Elam died Monday as a result of cancer-related causes, MTV reports. He was 43 years old. Guru was hospitalized in March, and while some outlets reported that he suffered a heart attack, it was never confirmed. Guru’s friend and partner Solar released a statement following […]

Elaborate State Funeral for Poland’s First Couple

An elaborate state funeral for Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, was held Sunday bereft of many world leaders whose travel plans were paralyzed by the plume of volcanic ash that has covered Europe. The couple’s bodies were flown from Warsaw to Krakow early Sunday for the tradition-laden ceremony and burial in the […]

Iceland’s Volcanic Ash Halts Flights Across Europe

Civil aviation authorities say flights won’t start departing or arriving in Britain until at least Friday morning because of a huge ash cloud spewed by an Icelandic volcano. The National Air Traffic Service said Thursday that non-emergency flights won’t be permitted in British airspace until at least 1 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday. A statement from […]

10 Big Commercial Real Estate Busts

As acute as the pain has been in the U.S. housing market, commercial real estate has been no stranger to trouble. Here is a glimpse of some high-profile victims that have been claimed so far. 1. Stuyvesant Town & Peter Cooper Village Loan balance: $3 billion Size: N/A Location: New York, N.Y. It was the […]

‘Designing Women’ actress Dixie Carter dies at 70

Dixie Carter, the “Designing Women” star who used her Southern charm, quick wit and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, died Saturday. She was 70. Publicist Steve Rohr, who represents Carter and her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, said Carter died Saturday morning. He would not disclose where she died or […]

Billionaires Who Live Below Their Means

At least once in your life – maybe even once a week or once a day for that matter – you have fantasized about coming into a lot of money. What would you do if you were worth millions or even billions? Believe it or not there are millionaires and billionaires among us who masquerade as relatively […]