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Adele's '25' Album Sales Smashes Record

Pop singer Adele's latest album, "25," has sold a record-smashing 3.38 million copies in its first week on the U.S. market, Nielsen Music reported.

The British star's release set a record for the largest single sales week for an album since Nielsen began methodically tracking weekly music sales in 1991, the company said late Saturday.

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Anne Hathaway Expecting First Child

Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway and her husband, producer Adam Shulman, are expecting their first child, according to the website of celebrity news outlet E!

"Anne is in her second trimester and feeling great!" a source close to the 33-year-old told E! News.

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High Heels in the Kremlin: Thatcher's Style Secrets

Margaret Thatcher's bodyguard would carry her high heels into the Kremlin and the ex-prime minister wore trousers only down a coal mine, according to an auction catalogue of her belongings.

Auction house Christie's is selling off 350 belongings of the late "Iron Lady" including clothes, letters, books, furniture and jewelry next month.

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Feel the Force: Fans Live and Breathe Star Wars

Michael Bender was hooked by age two. Jennifer Landa got the bug when she was nearly six. Steve Sansweet was well into his 30s when the Star Wars passion was born.

All three are among the legions of hardcore fans the space epic has generated over the years and who are champing at the bit in anticipation of the saga's latest installment -- "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" -- that hits screens in December.

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Storm in a Herbal Cup: Indonesian Elixirs Get a Modern Twist

The trendy cafe looks like a typical coffee shop in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, but in fact it sells herb-infused brews promising to fix every ailment from coughs to impotence.

Indonesians have for generations taken herbal medicine, known locally as "jamu", as a remedy for common ailments, and many children's early memories include being forced to gulp down concoctions of ingredients such as ginger and turmeric.

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Bad Blood as Taylor Swift's Kiwi Video Shoot Ruffles Feathers

Conservationists in New Zealand on Thursday accused U.S. singer Taylor Swift of endangering a rare bird species while shooting a music video near Auckland.

The 25-year-old pop superstar slipped into New Zealand this week to film the video at Bethells Beach, a popular seaside town just outside the city.

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U.S. Rockers Want to be First Band to Reopen Bataclan

California rockers Eagles of Death Metal want to be the first band to play the Bataclan theater when the Paris venue reopens after the November attacks targeted their gig.

"I don't want to spend my life trying to appease assholes I want to spend my life smiling with my friends and entertaining them," Jesse Hughes, the band's vocalist, told Vice in an interview.

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Beauty Contestant Barred over 'Taiwan' Sash

A beauty contestant from Taiwan has been suspended from an international pageant after Beijing objected to the sash she was wearing, the woman and the government in Taipei said.

Ting Wen-yin was kept out of the Miss Earth contest in Austria because she refused to compete for "Chinese Taipei" -- the name by which Beijing insists the self-ruled island should be known.

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Obama Honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and More

President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians and activists, including a Japanese-American civil rights leader.

"Today we celebrate some extraordinary people: innovators, artists and leaders who contribute to America's strength as a nation," Obama said.

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French Entertainment Industry Demands 50 Mn Euros in Govt. Aid over Paris Attacks

France's live entertainment industry -- which has been badly hit by the Paris terror attacks -- demanded 50 million euros ($53 million) in state aid Tuesday to help it get over the crisis.

The industry group Prodiss welcomed the four million euros promised by Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin days after the November 13 attacks on a string of targets including the Bataclan concert venue where 90 people died, but said it was not enough.

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