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Freddie Mercury Princess Diana in the Gay Bar

Freddie Mercury snuck Princess Diana into a gay bar in the 1980s. Freddie Mercury Princess Diana, As far as the new book, Queen Legend Freddie Mercury snuck Princess Diana into a notorious gay bar in the late 1980s -- and the beloved royal went unnoticed. In "The Power of Positive Drinking," comedian Cleo Rocos writes about how she, TV star Kenny Everett and Mercury disguised Princess Diana as a male model so that she could sneak into the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in south London. Dressed in an army jacket, black cap and sunglasses, Diana enjoyed a night out on the town, free of attention. "When we walked in ... we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute. But people just seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared. But she loved it," Rocos says, adding that the venue was packed, but the presence of Mercury, Everett and herself helped divert attention from Diana so that she could order drinks at the bar. The group left after abo

Heidi Klum saves son, She Saved Him

Heidi Klum saved her drowning son and nannies from a heavy riptide in Hawaii over Easter. Heidi Klum saved her son, German-American model Heidi saved her son two nannies from drowning in a riptide over the weekend. Add "lifeguard" to the 39-year-old's long list of jobs, which includes supermodel, "Project Runway" host and now "America's Got Talent" judge. While the family was vacationing on Oahu, Hawaii, over the weekend, the German supermodel's son Henry, 7, and two nannies were swept away by a riptide, according to Us Weekly. But Klum and bodyguard-boyfriend Martin Kristen spotted their distress and helped save them from drowning. "We got pulled into the ocean by a big wave. Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water," she told the mag in a statement, adding that Henry was able to swim back to land, and all got out of the water safely. Entertainment Tonight obtained photos of the inci

CBS broken leg replay: Network Wont Replay

CBS refuses to replay footage of Kevin Ware's gruesome leg injury. Ware suffered a dramatic compound fracture during the Louisville win over Duke. CBS broken leg replay, Network has said that it Wont Replay footage of the sportsman Kevin Ware’s horrific injury, which occurred during yesterday’s game between Louisville and Duke. The network said they would not replay the footage due to its graphic nature, reports Fox News on April 1. CBS is being applauded for its refusal to continue to air replays of Ware's gruesome injury, even when they know that others are airing the footage and that it is widely available online. Even in the immediate aftermath of the injury, CBS was both respectful and judicious in what it aired during its live broadcast. The took care to never show a close-up of the injury and only twice replayed the scene from a cross-court angle. They did show footage of Ware’s teammates, as well as Duke players and coaches, reacting emotionally to the sight o

Coney Island hopes for strong tourist season post-Sandy

New York's Coney Island boardwalk, March 30, 2013 NEW YORK At the beginning of each tourist season, the entrepreneurs who pitch the thrill rides, hot dogs, sideshows and souvenirs at gritty Coney Island gather along its famous boardwalk to pray for two things: good weather and large crowds. Never have they prayed harder than now. Five months after Superstorm Sandy's surge swamped New York City's most storied beach destination, many businesses are pinning their hopes on a strong season to help them make up for the hundreds of thousands of dollars they have spent to get back up and running. "We're almost dead, but we're open," said D.J. Vourderis, whose family owns and operates Deno's Famous Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. "We've built it; now we're just waiting for them to come." Vourderis logged 92 hours the week leading up to Palm Sunday, when Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz smashed a bottle of egg cream on

Man found dead hanging off Calif. high-rise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. A fire official says a man appears to have accidentally died from asphyxiation when he lowered himself off an 18-story Sacramento, Calif., office building with a rope. Marc Bentovoja, a battalion chief with the Sacramento Fire Department, said Monday it's a mystery why the man harnessed himself and went down the east side of the high-rise. He said the man did not appear to work for the office building. Police and fire crews responded after receiving a call at 7:44 a.m. Rescue personnel recovered the body after 9 a.m. It's unclear how long the body had been hanging four floors from the top of the building. The office building, named the 1201 K Tower, houses offices for lobbyists, public relations businesses and law firms that do business at the Capitol.

Medical board wants criminal charges against Okla. dentist

Inset: A 1977 license picture of Dr. Scott Harrington. Health officials urged thousands of patients of the oral surgeon to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying unsanitary conditions at his Oklahoma clinics made him a "menace to the public health. The head of Oklahoma's dental board says her office wants prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against a Tulsa oral surgeon at the center of a health scare. Susan Rogers told The Associated Press that she met with Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris on Monday to discuss whether Dr. W. Scott Harrington is criminally liable. Inspectors said they found unsafe and unsanitary practices at Harrington's Tulsa-area clinics. Letters were sent to 7,000 patients, urging them to be screened for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS. The complaint filed last week called Harrington a "menace to the public health." According to CBS Affiliate KOTV, the state's Dental Board said Harrington's office had t

Witnesses feared mass killings at Ohio church where man killed his father

Panicked witnesses to a fatal Easter service shooting in Ohio feared many might be killed as the victim's son approached the pulpit, waving a handgun and yelling about God and Allah. "Tragic as it is, it could have been so much worse," Rev. Steve Sargent, associate pastor of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, said Monday as he pointed out where the gunman moved through the sanctuary. Michael Wofford, 59, a worshipper who attended Sunday's service with his wife and two grandchildren, said he feared a shooting rampage after the gunman finished his spiel from the pulpit area. Reshad Riddle, Ashtabula Municipal Court, Monday, April 1, 2013, in Ashtabula, Ohio. / AP Photo/Tony Dejak "Is he going to just walk out of the church or is he going to start shooting people at random," Wofford asked in the church vestibule. "Sooner or later he's going to run out of words. It could have been much worse." Police say Reshad Riddle, 25, went t

Ark. House overrides Gov. Beebe's voter ID veto

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe speaks during a news conference at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Arkansas House voted Monday to override Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of a bill requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The Republican-controlled House voted 52-45 to override the veto. Last week, the GOP-led Senate voted 21-12 to override it. Only a simple majority was needed in each chamber. The new law will require Arkansas to provide a free photo ID to voters who don't have one and will cost the state an estimated $300,000. The requirement won't take effect until there is funding for the IDs or until January, whichever occurs last. While Arkansas poll workers must ask for identification under current law, voters don't have to show it to cast a ballot. The identification that poll workers currently can ask for includes forms without photos such as a government check or a utility bi

Teen held on $3.5M bail after crash that killed five

Jean Ervin Soriano, 18. Three brothers from California who were on a trip to visit their ailing father in Denver are among five relatives killed in a weekend wreck north of Las Vegas. Authorities say a van carrying seven family members was rear-ended by an SUV driven by an 18-year-old suspected of driving under the influence. Griselda Fernandez, the daughter of Raudel Fernandez-Avila, said today that her father and mother were both killed along with her two uncles and a step-cousin. She says her mother, Belen Fernandez, didn't want to go, but the family convinced her. A Nevada judge today ordered 18-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano held at $3.5 million bail at a court hearing. An arrest report says he told the arresting Nevada Highway Patrol trooper he had too many beers. Soriano, his passenger and two other people were injured. Soriano, a former California resident, now lives in Utah.

Manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" up for auction

This undated photo shows a 1958 typed manuscript of Breakfast at Tiffany's with hand annotations by Truman Capote, which will be featured with other Hollywood-themed items at auction in late April 2013. / AP Photo/RR Auctions Truman Capote's 1958 typed manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is rife with the author's handwritten edits — most notably changing the femme fatale's name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly. Its plot — built around a young woman who supports herself through trysts with various wealthy lovers — was controversial. Harper's Bazaar bought serialization rights for $2,000, then balked at its explicit content and profuse profanity. Esquire magazine purchased it from Harper's and launched it to its 1961 silver screen adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn. The manuscript is being offered for sale by a New Hampshire auction house and is expected to net at least $250,000 later this month. It is the centerpiece of

Report: "Ideal conditions" for toxic algae in Lake Erie

It was the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history — a scummy, toxic blob that oozed across nearly one-fifth of the lake's surface during the summer and fall of 2011. It sucked oxygen from the water, clogged boat motors and washed ashore in rotting masses that turned beachgoers' stomachs. It was also likely an omen of things to come, experts said in a study released Monday. The warming climate and modern farming practices are creating ideal conditions for gigantic algae formations on Lake Erie, which could be potentially disastrous to the surrounding area's multi-billion-dollar tourist economy. The shallowest and southernmost of the Great Lakes, Erie contains just 2 percent of their combined waters but about half their fish. According to the report, which was compiled by more than two dozen scientists, the 2011 runaway bloom was fueled by phosphorus-laden fertilizers that were swept from corn and soybean fields during heavy rainstorms. Weak currents and cal

Texas county on edge as police probe assassinations

In the battle against criminals, American prosecutors represent the people. So what is happening in Kaufman County, Texas, is striking the heart of our system of justice For the second time, a prosecutor in the D.A.'s office there has been murdered, the killers unknown. Employees showed up for work at the Kaufman County courthouse Monday escorted by armed officers after two assassinations in eight weeks. Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, left, and District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, right. / AP Photo Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down in broad daylight as he got out of his car just a block from the courthouse on January 31. Saturday night, police found the bodies of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia, both shot dead inside their home 12 miles from the courthouse in Forney, Texas. "It would seem to me this is not just a random act. It would seem to me that there has to be some connection," said Judge Bruce

Suspect in Colo. prison chief's death mistakenly released early

A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early, officials said Monday. In 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty in rural Fremont County to assaulting a prison guard. In a plea deal, Ebel was to be sentenced to up to four additional years in prison, to be served after he completed the eight-year sentence that put him behind bars in 2005, according to a statement from the 11th Judicial District. However, the judge did not say the sentence was meant to be "consecutive," or in addition to, Ebel's current one. So the court clerk recorded it as one to be served "concurrently," or at the same time. That's the information that went to the state prisons, the statement said. So on Jan. 28, prisons officials saw that Ebel had finished his court-ordered sentence and released him. Two months later he was dead after a shootout with authorities in Texas. The gun he used was the same

Car slams into Las Vegas restaurant during lunch

Ten people were seriously injured and at least person was arrested Monday after a car plowed into the patio of a Las Vegas restaurant during the lunch hour and came to rest with its hood inside a shattered plate glass window. Victims were transported to two nearby hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after the crash at the Egg & I restaurant shortly after 12:30 p.m., according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski. Four had to be extricated from beneath the vehicle. Witness Suziliene McDonald was sitting with two sisters in the restaurant when she says she saw the vehicle speeding toward the window. "I screamed, `A car's coming!' and it exploded through the window," McDonald said. CBS affiliate KXNT's Brian Shapiro was told by witnesses at the scene the driver tried to flee after the crash, attempted to dispose of drugs. Several customers chased after him and wrestled him down. A man sits handcuffed on the sidewalk waiting to be es

U.S. Sees North Korea Blustering, Not Acting

WASHINGTON — Despite a drumbeat of increasingly bellicose threats from North Korea, the White House said Monday that there was no evidence that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, was mobilizing troops or other military forces for any imminent attack. Though American officials said they remained concerned about the invective flowing from North Korea — and South Korea’s president ordered military commanders to carry out a swift and strong response to any provocations — the Obama administration took pains to emphasize the “disconnect” between Mr. Kim’s “rhetoric and action.” The White House’s strategy, officials said, was calculated to ease tensions after a fraught few days in which Mr. Kim threatened to rain missiles on the American mainland and the United States responded by flying nuclear-capable bombers over the Korean Peninsula. “We are not seeing changes to the North Korean military posture such as large-scale mobilizations or positioning of forces,” said Jay Carney, the White

Need a Job? Invent It

WHEN Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, describes his job today, he says he’s “a translator between two hostile tribes” — the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. Wagner’s argument in his book “Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World” is that our K-12 and college tracks are not consistently “adding the value and teaching the skills that matter most in the marketplace.” This is dangerous at a time when there is increasingly no such thing as a high-wage, middle-skilled job — the thing that sustained the middle class in the last generation. Now there is only a high-wage, high-skilled job. Every middle-class job today is being pulled up, out or down faster than ever. That is, it either requires more skill or can be done by more people around the world or is being buried — made obsolete — faster than ever. Which is why the goal of education today, argues Wagner, should not be

Painful Payment for Afghan Debt: A Daughter, 6

KABUL, Afghanistan — As the shadows lengthened around her family’s hut here in one of Kabul’s sprawling refugee camps, a slight 6-year-old girl ran in to where her father huddled with a group of elders near a rusty wood stove. Her father, Taj Mohammad, looked away, his face glum. “She does not know what is going to happen,” he said softly. If, as seems likely, Mr. Mohammad cannot repay his debt to a fellow camp resident a year from now, his daughter Naghma, a smiling, slender child with a tiny gold stud in her nose, will be forced to leave her family’s home forever to be married to the lender’s 17-year-old son. The arrangement effectively values her life at $2,500. That is the amount Mr. Mohammad borrowed over the course of a year to pay for hospital treatment for his wife and medical care for some of his nine children — including Janan, 3, who later froze to death in bitter winter weather because the family could not afford enough firewood to stay warm. “They said, ‘Pay back our

Slain Texas Lawman Had Pledged to Hunt Down ‘Scum’

KAUFMAN, Tex. — After the daylight assassination of his deputy two months ago, Mike McLelland, the district attorney in largely rural Kaufman County, responded with a flash of angry bravado, denigrating the perpetrators as “scum” and vowing to hunt them down. A former Army officer who served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, Mr. McLelland carried a gun and refused to be intimidated, according to a friend and the local news media, even as his wife expressed unease, worrying that her husband, too, could be in danger. “I hope that the people that did this are watching, because we’re very confident that we’re going to find you,” he said at a news conference hours after his deputy was killed. “We’re going to pull you out of whatever hole you’re in. We’re going to bring you back and let the people of Kaufman County prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.” On Saturday evening, the authorities found Mr. McLelland, 63, and his wife, Cynthia, 65, shot to death inside their home

The Tar Sands Disaster

IF President Obama blocks the Keystone XL pipeline once and for all, he’ll do Canada a favor. Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Pipelines are the best way to get this resource to market, but existing pipelines to the United States are almost full. So tar sands companies, and the Alberta and Canadian governments, are desperately searching for export routes via new pipelines. Canadians don’t universally support construction of the pipeline. A poll by Nanos Research in February 2012 found that nearly 42 percent of Canadians were opposed. Many of us, in fact, want to see the tar sands industry wound down and eventually stopped, even though it pumps tens of billions of dollars annually into our economy. The most obvious reason is that tar sands production is one of the world’s most environmentally damaging activities. It wrecks vast are

From Stunned to Stunning for Louisville

INDIANAPOLIS — After all the buildup, the history, with a matchup of decorated coaches and programs, the most poignant moment of Sunday’s Midwest Region final sprang from an injury perhaps unparalleled in its gruesomeness at an N.C.A.A. tournament. The scene after Louisville’s Kevin Ware sustained an open fracture of his right leg late in the first half was surreal. Four Cardinals woozily held each other up at center court, several appearing on the brink of fainting, others crying and shaking. Coach Rick Pitino dabbed away tears. Players on the bench said a prayer. While being treated on the floor, before a cart carried him off to a hospital, Ware called his teammates over, but they could not hear him. Pitino had to yell. “Guys!” Pitino cried. “He wants to say something.” Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear and Gorgui Dieng gathered around Ware, who said through tears, “Just win it for me, y’all.” His words soothed the souls of 13 players who turned their so

A.D.H.D. Seen in 11% of U.S. Children as Diagnoses Rise

Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children. The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 53 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis. “Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” said Dr. William Graf, a pedia

Lessons From a Comeback

Modern movement conservatism, which transformed the G.O.P. from the moderate party of Dwight Eisenhower into the radical right-wing organization we see today, was largely born in California. The Golden State, even more than the South, created today’s religious conservatism; it elected Ronald Reagan governor; it’s where the tax revolt of the 1970s began. But that was then. In the decades since, the state has grown ever more liberal, thanks in large part to an ever-growing nonwhite share of the electorate. As a result, the reign of the Governator aside, California has been solidly Democratic since the late 1990s. And ever since the political balance shifted, conservatives have declared the state doomed. Their specifics keep changing, but the moral is always the same: liberal do-gooders are bringing California to its knees. A dozen years ago, the state was supposedly doomed by all its environmentalists. You see, the eco-freaks were blocking power plants, and the result was crippling b

An Innocuous Play, a Gruesome Injury

INDIANAPOLIS — It happens in every game, thousands of times in the course of a season. A player breaks free for an open jumper. An off-the-ball defender jumps at him. Whether the shot falls or not, both players run back downcourt and play on. Louisville's Russ Smith, from left, Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan and the assistant coach Kevin Keatts after Kevin Ware injured his leg Sunday. For Louisville’s Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-2 sophomore reserve guard originally from the Bronx, that innocuous play in the N.C.A.A. Midwest Region final ended with a gruesome injury. Ware broke his lower right leg in two places as he landed near the Louisville bench with 6 minutes 33 seconds left in the first half of the Cardinals’ 85-63 victory. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino said that Ware was expected to have surgery Sunday, and that it would take a year to recover. “It was very difficult to look at and watch,” Pitino said. “But he’s a brave young man, because all he kept saying was, ‘Win the

Graffiti artist sprays 30ft wall with image of two-year-old who died

A graffiti artist has paid tribute to a two-year-old boy who died from a rare form of cancer by spray painting the toddler's face onto a 30ft memorial wall. Scott Vincent spent two days painting the skate park mural in honour of little Leon Bartholomew, who lost a six month battle against the disease. It shows the cartoon-mad youngster with Mickey Mouse ears and has been described as a 'shrine' by his grieving father Daniel, 25. Family and friends have flocked to the wall in his hometown of New Milton, Hampshire, to lay flowers, light candles and add messages. Leon was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma, which caused tumours to form his lungs and brain. Mr Bartholomew was touched when Mr Vincent travelled from his home in Brighton, East Sussex, to commemorate Leon's life. He described the finished work as a 'perfect picture' of his son. The former warehouse worker, who had to quit his job when Leon fell ill, said: 'The whole family was warmed when we s

Most Americans wished they'd studied and networked more in college

Americans wish they had studied more in college, view admissions tests as a necessary evil and would tell their children to finish their degrees rather than follow in the path of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who dropped out, a poll released on Monday showed. Nearly half of the adults questioned in the survey said they wished had made more of an effort in college, while another 40 percent said they should have done more networking, which is more typically associated with the professional world. But only four percent wished they had had more sex and a mere one percent said they should have taken more drugs, according to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. Celebration: Students cheer during graduation day at Yale, but 40 percent of Americans said they should have done more networking at college When it came to the standardized aptitude tests (SAT) taken by teenagers applying to colleges, 39 percent described it as a necessary evil. Smaller numbers said they were either a waste of time

'I'll be back next season': Louisville player Kevin Ware in high spirits

It's one of the most devastating injuries in the history of sports, but it's not keeping Kevin Ware down. The 20-year-old Louisville basketball star was back on his feet today, just hours after the horrific leg fracture that had his right tibia breaking through the skin in a stomach-churning moment. 'I'll be back next season,' Ware tweeted to his fans from his bed at Methodist Hospital in Indiana on Monday. Earlier, he was pictured sporting a leg cast, a pair of crutches and a Final Four hat. Scroll down for videos Up and running: Kevin Ware was pictured in crutches and a Final Four hat hours after suffering the grisly injury On the mend: Ware poses with Coach Rick Pitino, left, son Richard Pitino, right, and the NCAA regional championship trophy as they visited him in his hospital room on Monday morning Doctors say that the surgery to repair the break was successful, and while his road to recovery is a daunting one, he should be able to play again. The Cardinals