US-LIFE Summary

Sep 25, 2011, 5:50 a.m.

Travel Picks: Top 10 Oktoberfests outside Germany

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Not every Oktoberfest reveler will know they're toasting the 19th-century marriage of a Bavarian crown prince as they guzzle beer and bratwurst for two weeks each autumn. But that's where the tradition started and, though its roots are still in Munich, the entire world has since joined in on the celebrations.

Nyad resumes swim after jellyfish sting

MIAMI (Reuters) - Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad resumed her bid on Sunday to become the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, returning to the water after being stung in the face and eyes, presumably by a jellyfish, her team said. "She's back in! At 12:20am ET, Diana has re-entered the water," according to a posting on her Twitter account.

Milan fashion cuts its cloth to fit recession

MILAN (Reuters) - Milan fashion houses hope emerging markets will allow the luxury industry to ride out any new recession. Executives at Milan fashion week were happy to talk about the prospects for growth this year but were coy about 2012 in the face of financial market wobbles and the effect of austerity measures on the mood of European consumers.

Arkansas police want to talk to man about toe sucking

LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - Arkansas police want to talk to a man who came to be known as the Toe Suck Fairy in the 1990s, following a fresh spate of incidents by an assailant who approached women seeking to suck their toes. Police said they hoped the man could help yield clues into recent incidents linked to toe sucking in Conway, Arkansas, but stopped short of calling him a suspect in the case.

Auction for Haiti raises nearly $14 million

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An art auction featuring works by Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns and Chuck Close for relief efforts in Haiti raised nearly $14 million and set records for four artists, according to Christie's. The sale of 27 works by 26 contemporary artists exceeded its pre-sale expectation of $10 million. All of the proceeds will go toward Haitian relief such as education and health care.

Management Tip of the Day: Handling raise requests

BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - "Can I have a raise?" Five little words can cause a lot of stress and frustration, especially in companies with no formal compensation policy, says Harvard Business Review. The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

Books: Obama, a campaigner, learning to lead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job-training," Vice-President Joe Biden famously quipped of his future running mate in 2007. That's exactly what President Barack Obama did in his first two years of office, according to a controversial new book by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind.

Agents seize 50,000 counterfeit glasses, hats, handbags

(Reuters) - Officials seized an estimated 50,000 counterfeit items with a retail price tag of nearly $5 million in Tampa, Florida this week, customs officials said on Friday. The goods were confiscated from a local flea market, three storage units and a box truck after five federal search warrants were executed, officials said.

Elton John in talks to make biopic "Rocketman"

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Elton John is in talks to make a film about his life, his spokesman said on Friday, in response to media reports about a planned biopic called "Rocketman." Newspapers and websites said that Rocketman would be produced by John's partner David Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw and executive produced by the singer himself.

Two-thirds of Americans perk up with coffee: survey

(Reuters) - Two-thirds of Americans drink coffee, and many gulp down their first cup within an hour of awakening, according to a survey released on Thursday. On average, the 65 percent of Americans who drink coffee each consume an average of 13 cups of coffee per week, and three out of five agreed with the statement "I need a cup of coffee to start my day."

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