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Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'

Veteran actress Kim Novak has lashed out at the "bullies" who mocked and criticized her appearance at the Academy Awards last month. The 81-year-old, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece "Vertigo," said she was too humiliated to leave her house after the wave of ridicule and jokes made about her slow speech and rigid appearance while presenting an award alongside young actor Matthew McConaughey. In an open letter on Facebook, she said she regretted taking medication to help her relax before the Oscars because "it affected my behavior."

Forty years on, bullying takes its toll on health and wealth

LONDON (Reuters) - The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to research by British psychiatrists. In the first study of its kind to look at the effects of childhood bullying beyond early adulthood, the researchers said its impact is "persistent and pervasive", with people who were bullied when young more likely to have poorer physical and psychological health and poorer cognitive functioning at age 50.

Hundreds jeer New Brunswick politicians over abortion regulations

FREDERICTON - The politically charged issue of abortion in New Brunswick arrived at the doorstep of the province's legislature Thursday as hundreds of pro-choice supporters called on the government to fund the procedure at private clinics. Many of them jeered New Brunswick's minister responsible for women's equality and the Opposition leader as both tried to earn the support of the protesters.

In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals. Scientists on Thursday described four insect species that dwell in extremely dry caves in Brazil, feed on bat guano and possess what the researchers called an "evolutionary novelty." . The females have an elaborate, penis-like organ while the males have a vagina-like opening into which females insert their organ during mating sessions that last 40 to 70 hours, the scientists reported in the journal Current Biology.

Paleontologists discover land herbivores' earliest ancestor

Paleontologists unearthed the oldest ancestor of land-dwelling herbivores with the discovery of a 300-million-year-old skeleton, shedding light onto plant eaters' emergence on land, a study said Wednesday. A partial fossil of the animal, called Eocasea martini, is "the first link between carnivores and herbivores, the transition," Robert Reisz, the article's principal author and professor at Canada's University of Toronto Mississauga, told AFP. Eocasea was a carnivore, but had certain skeletal features that indicate it was a close relative of herbivores, Reisz said.

Sex: When standing alone makes you stand out

Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex. So said a study Wednesday which may also explain why fashions change. Researchers in Australia used beards to test a theory that some features become more desirable when fewer people have them. They showed women sets of pictures of men: clean-shaven, with stubble, or bearded, and had them rate the men's attractiveness. Men with beards scored better when they were surrounded by clean-shaved faces, and vice versa, the study found.

Why cry? What makes winners like golfer Bubba Watson weep tears of joy?

When golfer Bubba Watson won his first major tournament — the 2012 Masters — the shaggy-haired Floridian dropped his head on his caddy's shoulder and sobbed. On Sunday when Watson claimed his second green jacket at Augusta National, his caddy's shoulder was again subjected to a drenching. Tiger Woods, one of the fiercest competitors in sports, wept profusely after winning the 2006 British Open. Fellow golfer Fred Couples hid his face behind his visor when he lost complete control in a TV interview after winning the 2003 Shell Houston Open.

Police in US classify Jewish shooting as hate crime

An alleged anti-Semite who fatally shot three people at a Jewish center and retirement home in Kansas will be prosecuted for hate crimes, police said Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, now in custody, is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the United States. He reportedly yelled "Heil Hitler" as police escorted him away Sunday after the shooting in Overland Park, outside Kansas City.

Look out, romantics: Half of all sexts are lies

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a survey of college students, nearly half of those who had ever sent a sexy text had lied while doing so. Shockingly, sexters aren't always wearing or doing what they say they are, according to the new study. "This already exists in face-to-face interactions, like with orgasms it's common," lead author Michelle Drouin told Reuters Health. "I expected people would also be 'faking it' in sexts."

Edmonton radio station criticized for online poll about sexual assaults

EDMONTON - An Edmonton radio station faced the wrath of public and politicians Thursday for its online poll asking whether women deserve blame for being sexually assaulted. "It's very controversial, but do you think victims of sexual assaults share any blame for what happens?" news-talk station CHED asked on its website. The poll gave people the option of voting "No, women should be able to dress, drink, and walk as they choose without fear of being blamed" or "Yes, if women drink too much, dress too little or walk in harm's way they put themselves at risk."
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