US-LIFE Summary

Jul 7, 2011, 8:42 p.m.

Strauss-Kahn case may discourage sex crime victims

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Regardless of the outcome of the sexual assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the case could discourage victims from coming forward, women's rights advocates say. The high-profile case shows why sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States: the accuser has been called a prostitute in print, intimate details of her past exposed to the world, and her credibility questioned by prosecutors trying to make a case against Strauss-Kahn.

Cell phones, devices biggest driving distractions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Driving distractions, primarily by cell phones and other electronic devices, are associated with up to 25 percent of U.S. car crashes, according to a report released on Thursday. The study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a nonprofit group that works to improve traffic safety, assessed research from more than 350 scientific papers published since 2000.

Cutting down TV time doesn't help kids lose weight: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Trying to help children lose weight by cutting back on the time they spend in front of a TV or video game doesn't have much of an impact, according to a Canadian study. Interventions designed to reduce overall screen time, including individual and family counseling, automatic monitoring of screen time and classroom curricula, have all been largely unsuccessful, wrote Catherine Birken of the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute in Toronto.

Jakarta rocks as stop on global concert circuit

JAKARTA (Reuters Life!) - Kylie Minogue cavorted amid indigo lights as thousands clapped and cheered. An ordinary concert scene -- except that this was Indonesia, the world's most populous Islamic nations, and tickets cost more than an average month's pay for many. Yet Minogue is far from alone in playing Jakarta, capital of Southeast Asia's top economy. Artists including Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars have all held concerts here in recent months, with the Cranberries, Linkin Park, and Lady Gaga set to come.

Trial opens in battle over gold coins from FDR Administration

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A legal battle over the fate of 10 double eagle gold coins from the Franklin Roosevelt Administration got underway on Thursday with the government saying the coins, now worth an estimated $75 million, were wrongly taken from a U.S. mint. Authorities say the coins were improperly removed more than 70 years ago from the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia, only blocks from the courthouse where U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis was presiding over the case.

U.S. returns recovered artifacts taken from Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An ancient bead necklace, terra cotta tablets from ancient Babylonia depicting Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, and posters of deposed leader Saddam Hussein were among artifacts that U.S. officials returned to the Iraqi government on Thursday. The repatriation of the relics -- some as old as 4,000 years -- is the latest in an ongoing mission to locate more than 15,000 artifacts thought to have been looted from Iraqi museums and archeological sites since the start of the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq.

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