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Winklevoss twins use bitcoins to book space trip
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - You can't spend bitcoins at Amazon.com or to pay your mortgage but, as the Winklevoss twins showed on Wednesday, you can use the digital currency to book a trip into suborbital space. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who famously accused Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea, said they used bitcoins to buy tickets for a high-altitude voyage on billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic commercial spaceflight venture.
U.S. game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83
(Reuters) - Geoff Edwards, known for hosting the game shows "Treasure Hunt" and "Jackpot" in the 1970s and 1980s, died on Wednesday at the age of 83, according to his agent. Edwards died from complications of pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Monica, California, according to agent Fred Westbrook, who said the illness was "sudden."
Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of 'How We Die,' dead at 83
(Reuters) - Dr. Sherwin Nuland, the author of the bestseller "How We Die," which talks candidly about how life ends in disease and old age, has died at the age of 83, his daughter said on Tuesday. Nuland died Monday of prostate cancer at his home in Hamden, Connecticut, his daughter Amelia Nuland confirmed by telephone.
Highmore goes a little 'Psycho' as 'Bates Motel' starts second season
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While most college students often use their year abroad to embrace the culture and nightlife of new countries, British actor Freddie Highmore opted to play one of the most notorious fictional serial killers, Norman Bates. Highmore, 22, plays a teenage version of Norman Bates who helps his erratic mother run a hotel in modern-day Oregon in the A&E series "Bates Motel," which returns for a second season on Monday.
Alain Resnais, director of 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour', dies aged 91
PARIS (Reuters) - The French film director Alain Resnais, known for classics such as "Hiroshima, Mon Amour", "Last Year at Marienbad" and the documentary "Night and Fog" about Nazi concentration camps, died on Sunday at the age of 91. Resnais, who was born in 1922 in northwestern France and started his career with mid-length films in the 1940s, rose to fame with "Night and Fog" and "Van Gogh", a short that won an Oscar in its category in 1950.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died of accidental overdose: official
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found in his New York apartment on February 2 with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose of drugs, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner said on Friday. The cause of death was acute drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, according to Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner's Office.
Hollywood's Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher engaged: reports
(Reuters) - Hollywood stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are engaged to be married, according to U.S. Weekly and the E! entertainment news website. The two, who have been dating for about two years, appeared together on the popular television sitcom "That '70s Show."
Kardashian confronts tradition at elite Vienna ball
VIENNA (Reuters) - At 24, Olga Goreglyad is a veteran of society balls around Europe but her ambition will not be fulfilled until she dances on Thursday night as a debutante at Vienna's Opera Ball - something celebrity guest Kim Kardashian will not be doing. Almost every social group and profession in Austria, from confectioners to firefighters and pharmacists to refugees, holds its own ball, but the Opera Ball is the most elite, with a presidential opening and top-class music and ballet.
Lloyd Webber, Rice lose their touch in London as musicals close early
LONDON (Reuters) - Two of the biggest names in British musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will close their latest shows early at the end of March, in a blow to the former partners' efforts to succeed separately in London's West End. Lyricist Rice and composer Lloyd Webber, who collaborated on such hits as "Evita", "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat", have suffered mixed reviews for their latest productions.
George W. Bush's brushwork to take spotlight at April exhibit
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - George W. Bush, U.S. president turned painter, will have his artwork featured in an exhibit for the first time in April. More than two dozen portraits painted by the 43rd U.S. president will be part of exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," the George W. Bush Presidential Center said on Monday.