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Beauty Queens Get Political as 'World Peace' Mantra Fades

For those who dismiss beauty contests as parades of dream-girls gushing about world peace, Puerto Rican bombshell Valerie Hernandez Matias offers a twist: a serious political agenda.

The newly crowned Miss International told Agence France Presse she hopes to pay back her country's education system for the opportunities it afforded her, after crediting teachers with helping her overcome learning difficulties as a child.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Turns 40: Will He Ever Grow up?

Leonardo DiCaprio turns 40 on November 11, although only in the biological sense. As a performer, he’ll remain exactly as old, and as young, as he’s been for ever.

For almost as long as he’s been acting, DiCaprio has been stranded at a strange no-man’s-age – baby-faced and teenage-taut, but with the leopard-ish self-assurance of a man in his 50s or older. It’s DiCaprio’s agelessness that has shaped his extraordinary career to date, both for good and ill. First it was his trump card, then his Achilles’ heel, then latterly, over the past five years or so, it’s become his secret weapon.

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NY Agency Notes Clinic Errors in Rivers' Treatment

A New York City clinic where comedian Joan Rivers suffered a fatal complication during a medical procedure made several errors, including failing to keep proper medication records and snapping cellphone photos of her while she was unconscious, state health investigators said Monday.

Rivers, who was 81, died Sept. 4. New York City's medical examiner found she died of brain damage due to lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy days earlier.

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Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder Set for Top U.S. Honor

Actress Meryl Streep and crooner Stevie Wonder were among 19 people named Monday by U.S. President Barack Obama to receive the country's highest civilian honor.

Others to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award for those who make "especially meritorious contributions" to the United States' security, interests, world peace or the arts, include the composer Stephen Sondheim, author Isabel Allende and journalist Tom Brokaw.

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Stars Come Together for New Band Aid Single against Ebola

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and a host of other stars are to raise money to fight Ebola with a 30th anniversary version of the Band Aid charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Bob Geldof announced on Monday.

It will the fourth incarnation of the song, which became one of the world's biggest-selling singles ever after its release in 1984 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.

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Madonna's Clothes from Films, Wedding Auctioned

The Material Girl has still got it.

Julien's Auctions said Saturday that bidders worldwide sought items from Madonna's professional and personal life during the two-day Icons & Idols: Rock n' Roll auction in Beverly Hills that started Friday.

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India Top Court Lifts Ban on Female Makeup Artists

The Supreme Court has ordered the lifting of a nearly 6-decade de facto ban on women working as makeup artists in India's movie industry.

India's film industry is among the most prolific in the world producing nearly 1,500 films annually, most of them in Bollywood, as the Mumbai Hindi film industry is called.

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'Big Hero 6' Has Box Office Superpowers, Beats 'Interstellar'

Animated comedy "Big Hero 6" proved to have superpowers in the weekend battle for the box office, fighting off sci-fi epic "Interstellar" to claim top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.

"Big Hero 6," which features a 14-year-old genius and an inflatable robot called Baymax, opened with a weekend haul of $56.2 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations

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Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj Shine at MTV Awards in Scotland

Pop stars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj sparkled at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday, held in the Scottish city of Glasgow for the first time.

After opening the show with a thumping performance dressed in a futuristic silver leotard, Grande won best female artist and best song for her hit "Problem".

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Take That to Tour as Trio

Take That announced Friday they will tour as a trio for the first time next year, with Jason Orange having quit the British pop group and Robbie Williams not participating.

The remaining members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will perform 24 concerts in eight arenas in Britain and Ireland, starting in Glasgow on April 28.

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