US-LIFE Summary

Sep 14, 2011, 2:22 a.m.

Princeton joins Harvard atop U.S. News college list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Princeton joined Harvard University atop the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of U.S. colleges released on Tuesday, with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County named as the "up-and-coming" college. The elite Ivy League had five schools in the magazine's top 10 with Harvard and Princeton tied at No. 1 and joined by Yale and Columbia University at third and fourth, respectively, while the University of Pennsylvania shared fifth with California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

At New York Fashion Week, men get bright colors

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Men's fashion is getting more colorful and classic designs are being refreshed with unusual fabrics as people look to their clothes to help them stand out in a tough economy, top buyers said during Fashion Week. Spring fashions will focus less on mainstays, such as gray suits and silk ties, and more on fabrics such as linen and patterns such as plaid.

Amid China boom, job search for many grads goes bust

BEIJING (Reuters) - Yan Minglong, one of millions of recent Chinese college graduates, is not impressed with the doors opened by higher education. "Jobs? What jobs?" the 23-year-old said, whiling away his Saturday afternoon in a billiards hall in Shigezhuang, a gritty neighborhood on Beijing's northern outskirts where cheap rent is the main draw for some of China's white-collar hopefuls.

A Minute With: Marilu Henner's "Unforgettable" life

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Marilu Henner has enjoyed living with a fantastic memory since she was a child, but it was only recently that her special powers were diagnosed as real-life condition and given a name. Now the "Taxi" actress and self-help author is a consultant on the new TV crime drama "Unforgettable" featuring a detective played by Poppy Montgomery who can't forget the past. Henner also has been cast on the show in a very different role.

Economic gloom weighs on fine wine auctions

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Global economic woes dented sales of fine wines at auctions in Hong Kong, New York and London, but some lots fetched record prices or exceeded presale estimates. Fears of a Greek default roiling the world's markets and stubbornly high U.S. unemployment rates impacted the auctions. Unlike last season none of the houses sold 100 percent of their lots.

Courtroom dogs comforting witnesses spark debate

HUDSON, New York (Reuters) - Simon is only three years old but already an indispensable staffer at his office, where he has displayed a knack for helping abused children navigate an intimidating legal system. He is also a lean, jet-black Labrador retriever.

World Chefs: Moore steps out from the shadows

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Russell Moore felt it was time to strike out on his own three years ago after working more than two decades at the birthplace of new American cuisine -- Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. The Los Angeles native opened his own restaurant Camino in Oakland, where he cooks his Mediterranean-inspired dishes in an open fireplace and a wood-burning oven.

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