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Miss USA crowned Miss Universe in eighth American win

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A 20-year-old beauty queen who plays

the cello and is a breast cancer advocate was crowned Miss

Universe on Wednesday, the eighth time an American has won the

pageant where the world's most beautiful women parade in

bikinis and ball gowns. Olivia Culpo, 20, a brunette from Rhode

Island, was chosen by a 10-judge panel from 89 contestants

representing countries ranging from India to Kosovo and


Thousands mourn U.S.-Mexican singer Jenni Rivera

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners on Wednesday

packed a Los Angeles theater to pay their final respects to

Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera more than a week after her

death in a plane crash. Rivera, 43, best known for her work in

the Mexican folk Nortena and Banda genres, died after the small

jet she was traveling in crashed in northern Mexico on December


'Homeland' star Claire Danes gives birth to first child

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Emmy-winning actress Claire Danes

has given birth to her first child, a boy, the publicist for

the "Homeland" star said on Wednesday. Cyrus Michael

Christopher Dancy was born on Monday to Danes, 33, and her

husband, British actor Hugh Dancy.

Taylor Swift keeps Bruno Mars out of Billboard 200 top spot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country pop star Taylor Swift held

her reign at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on

Wednesday, keeping retro-inspired R&B singer Bruno Mars' new

album at bay. Swift's latest album, "Red," released in October,

held the No. 1 slot for a fifth non-consecutive week with sales

of 208,000, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Dirty Harry" among U.S. film


NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Film Registry on

Wednesday named 25 films to be preserved as cultural treasures,

ranging from Audrey Hepburn's 1961 classic "Breakfast at

Tiffany's" to Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" and the sci-fi

action movie "The Matrix." The film list also includes the 1992

female ensemble comedy-drama, "A League of Their Own," directed

by Penny Marshall, and "Born Yesterday," which starred Judy

Holliday and was released in 1950, and the 1983 holiday classic

"A Christmas Story."

A Minute With: Jessica Chastain on "Zero Dark Thirty"

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jessica Chastain carries the weight of

starring in one of the year's most anticipated films, "Zero

Dark Thirty," about the decade-long hunt and eventual killing

of Osama bin Laden. Critics say Chastain pulls it off

seamlessly as "Maya," based on a real-life CIA agent who played

a major role in tracking down bin Laden at his hideout in


Madonna leads Billboard's top-grossing tours

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While this year's pop charts have

been dominated by young singers, it is veteran music stars, led

by Madonna, who are commanding big money in tour ticket sales,

according to a new Billboard list released on Tuesday. Madonna,

54, topped Billboard's list of highest-grossing live tours,

earning an estimated $228.4 million in ticket sales from her

sold-out ninth worldwide tour in support of her 12th studio

album "MDNA." The singer will wrap her tour in South America

this weekend, after performing more than 80 shows across the

world starting in Israel in May.

Naomi Watts pulls off "The Impossible" to critical acclaim

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Days after the devastating 2004

Indian Ocean tsunami, actress Naomi Watts took part in a

fundraising telethon spearheaded by George Clooney to help the

region's hundreds of thousands of people in 14 nations whose

lives were shattered. Little did Watts know that eight years

later she would be starring in "The Impossible," out in the

U.S. movie theaters on Friday, about a real family's experience

in Thailand. The tsunami and earthquake killed more than 5,000

people, and resulted in 2,800 missing in that country alone.

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