As the United States struggles to cope with obesity rates, France is often looked to as a counterexample. Yet obesity is on the rise there as well now, and though French culinary traditions are often credited with keeping people trim, some worry those eating habits are under assault.
Tens of thousands of Bahrainis participate in an anti-government march on July 29 in Saar, Bahrain. The protest took place a day after authorities raided and shut down the local office of an international medical aid group, highlighting the way the government crackdown has included medical workers who have treated injured protesters.
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In Bahrain, the local office of the international medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres has been raided, its local driver has been arrested, and the operation has been shut down.
The government has largely suppressed a mass protest movement, and the security forces in Bahrain have carried out a crackdown on those who continue to demonstrate against the country's rulers.
MSF has been aiding injured protesters who were too afraid to go to the hospital, for fear they'd be arrested.
Smooth jazz singer-songwriter Michael Franks tells the stories behind the songs on his new album <em>Time Together</em>.
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Michael Franks is the man behind the 1976 hit "Popsicle Toes," a cool, summery song that made his name as a smooth jazz artist with crossover appeal. This year, the singer-songwriter is back with his 18th album, Time Together, which has more songs suited for simmering down on steamy days.
Franks says, "I write autobiographically, although I apply liberal amounts of poetic license." He also applies some wishful thinking: Franks explains that he wrote "Now That The Summer's Here" while fantasizing about summer in the dead of winter at his home in Woodstock, N.Y.
Lucille Ball was born 100 years ago in Jamestown, N.Y. She died in 1989 — but appearing on screens all over the world has made her immortal.
Ball made movies, starred in musicals, and ran her own major studio. But for millions of people — perhaps even billions by now — she was simply Lucy of I Love Lucy, the 1950s sitcom she created with her husband, Desi Arnaz.