US-LIFE Summary

Aug 13, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

Gay man marries transexual woman in Cuban first

HAVANA (Reuters) - A gay dissident and a transsexual woman married on Saturday in what was said to be a first for Cuba, then draped themselves in the rainbow flag of gay pride and rode through the streets of Havana. In a simple civil ceremony surrounded by much hoopla, Ignacio Estrada, 31, and Wendy Iriepa, 37, signed a marriage certificate, exchanged rings and kissed before a state official, who wished them much happiness.

Faye Dunaway to fight eviction from NY apartment

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - American actress Faye Dunaway plans to fight a lawsuit aiming to evict her from her rent-controlled apartment in New York, her attorney said. Dunaway's landlord filed a complaint on August 2 seeking to evict her from the apartment on East 78th Street, alleging it is not her primary residence.

Wyclef Jean offers new skills to quake-hit Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - James Tabuteau has been living in a ramshackle tent camp in Haiti's capital since last year's catastrophic earthquake wrecked his home, struggling to find enough unskilled temporary work to feed his young family. But as one of the first graduates of a free vocational training program set up by Haitian-American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti foundation, Tabuteau is now a newly minted carpenter with hopes of rebuilding his life and his nation.

Native rats touted as pest control in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - In Australia, it may take a rat to control a rat. Scientists have high hopes that introducing native Australian bush rats to the area around Sydney Harbour will help control black rats, a non-native species, that have long been a scourge to flora and fauna.

Travel Postcard: 48 hours at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The Edinburgh Festival Fringe offers everything from street buskers and mimes to top-class singers, actors, comedians and cabaret stars at hundreds of venues around the Scottish capital and that's in addition to the international book, art, jazz festivals and the Military Tattoo, which are all part of the cultural cornucopia that is Edinburgh in August. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge provide some helpful hints for enjoying 48 hours of crowds, comedy, theater, dance and art on the hilly, cobblestoned streets.

Game over for grouse as UK shooting season begins

LONDON (Reuters) - Hunters grab their guns and tweeds, and fancy restaurant fare turns to fowl as the "Glorious Twelfth" of August marks the start of the red grouse shooting season in Britain. The red grouse, a sub-Arctic bird unique to the British Isles, is notoriously difficult to shoot due to its speed, earning it the nickname "King of Gamebirds".

Travel Picks: Top 10 university student destinations

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's summer holidays and that means university students around the world are working and traveling for adventure and experience. In the spirit of youthful exploration online travel adviser Cheapflights.com (www.cheapflights.com) offers its top 10 year-round list of destinations for scholars on a budget. Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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