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Compilation of Oprah Winfrey magazine columns to be published in September

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Oprah Winfrey's latest book project is a collection of magazine columns by a writer she knows quite well. Oprah Winfrey. "What I Know for Sure" features the monthly essays that Winfrey has written for O, the Oprah Magazine over the past 14 years. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced Wednesday that "What I Know for Sure" will come out Sept. 2. It will be the imprint's first release.

Larger than life Oprah celebrates 60th birthday quietly at home

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fifty came with a televised bash, celebrity friends and a black-tie dinner, but Oprah Winfrey will have a low-key 60th birthday at home in California on Wednesday. The billionaire media entrepreneur will have a "quiet dinner" in the seaside town of Montecito, 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, says to a source familiar with her plans.

Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey honored by Obama

Washington, Nov 20 (EFE).- Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Mexican scientist Mario Molina were among the 16 people honored Wednesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The recipients are "men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit," President Barack Obama said during a White House ceremony. The president emphasized that this year's ceremony is "a little more special" because this is the 50th year since President John F. Kennedy established the medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. government.

Obama says he teared up over butler movie

President Barack Obama teared up watching "Lee Daniels' The Butler," a celluloid depiction of the US civil rights battle as seen by an African-American who served in the White House. The movie, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, topped the North American box office for a second straight weekend and is already being spoke of as a multiple Academy Award contender.

Oprah Winfrey 'sorry' for reaction to Swiss handbag incident

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey said she was sorry for the uproar and media response caused by her comments about an incident in a Swiss luxury store last month when an assistant refused to show her a $38,100 handbag. At the premiere of her new film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler," in Los Angles on Monday evening, the U.S. actress and talk show host, recently named by Forbes as the world's most powerful celebrity, said she regretted saying it took place in Switzerland.

Oprah says incident no 'indictment' of Switzerland

US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey says an alleged racist incident she suffered at a luxury boutique in Switzerland does not warrant an apology from the country. Winfrey, who claims she was the subject of racism when a shop assistant refused to show her an expensive handbag, told journalists Monday in Los Angeles that it wasn't "an indictment against the country." "I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store," she said at the red carpet premiere of "The Butler," in which she stars alongside Forest Whitaker.

Swiss luxury shop denies racism towards Oprah

ZURICH (Reuters) - The owner of a luxury goods shop in Zurich has denied that racism was involved when Oprah Winfrey was discouraged from buying a 35,000 Swiss franc ($38,100) handbag. The U.S. talk show host, recently named the world's most powerful celebrity, was in Switzerland for the wedding of singer Tina Turner when the incident occurred last month.

Swiss store denies wrongdoing in Oprah 'racism' spat

A Swiss luxury boutique denied any wrongdoing Friday after US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey claimed she had been the subject of racism when a shop assistant allegedly refused to show her an expensive handbag. Winfrey, one of the richest women in the world, said she had been in Zurich for US singer Tina Turner's wedding in July and had spotted a swanky crocodile handbag while out shopping.

Swiss store denies wrongdoing in Oprah 'racism' spat

A Swiss luxury boutique denied any wrongdoing Friday after US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey claimed she had been the subject of racism when a shop assistant allegedly refused to show her an expensive handbag. Winfrey, one of the richest women in the world, said she had been in Zurich for US singer Tina Turner's wedding in July and had spotted a swanky crocodile handbag while out shopping.

Obama awards Medal of Freedom to baseball star Banks, Oprah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Bill Clinton to Ernie Banks to Loretta Lynn, some of the most famous figures in American sports, politics and music were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday by President Barack Obama. The award is the highest U.S. civilian honor and to mark the 50th anniversary of the medal, Obama chose to honor a group of people who are household names to Americans. These are among the notable names on the president's Medal of Freedom list:
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