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TOKYO: The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home...
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Depp ‘storming off Pirates set’ played down

SYDNEY: A publicist for the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie denied reports Thursday that Johnny Depp stormed off the Australian set to be with his wife in the United States.






Are pop songs dumb? Study offers evidence

NEW YORK: Parents who say their children’s music is dumb might have a point. A new study finds that the average hit song has lyrics at a third grader’s reading level.



Caine, Keitel, Fonda drama sharply divides critics

CANNES: Hollywood legends Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda on Wednesday premiered one of the most divisive contenders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the ensemble movie “Youth.”



Swift superfan dies after cancer battle

CHICAGO: A 12-year-old Chicago girl who talked to singer Taylor Swift about music, touring and disease has died after a battle with cancer.





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