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Sheryl Crow Singing a New Tune With Cookbook ‘If It Makes You Healthy’

Sheryl Crow is a busy rock star and activist raising two boys as a single mother. When Crow battled breast cancer five years ago, she took that as a wake-up call to eat better. Around this time she met chef Chuck White, who taught Sheryl how to eat seasonal, vitamin-rich food that would boost her health and singing voice.

The two have now teamed up on a cookbook called ‘If It Makes You Healthy,’ which is brimming with delicious and nutritious recipes.

#How did you meet Chuck ??
I have worked with Chuck off and on for three years. He’s extraordinarily talented. We have this mutual love for incorporating the healthy components of food and the knowledge of wellness and disease with prevention and I wanted him to share what it is that he does. He had been on tour with me and cooked in my home while I had been recording.

#When you’re not touring or doing albums do you cook for yourself ??
For the most part when I’m home I cook for me and my kids. We sit down and eat meals. I cook the things I learned from Chuck. I’m always looking for healthy ways to feed my kids. My 10-month-old eats everything. Wyatt’s a little pickier. The one thing he loves is pasta and there are lots of different ways to make pasta with quinoa or spaghetti squash so he’s not just eating plain carbs. There’s always creative ways to feed kids.

#Does the music business today depress you?
For somebody like me who makes records to go out and play, I would play no matter what; it’s unfortunate that the climate is what it is. I enjoy playing live.

#Before you got diagnosed w/cancer, did you eat a lot of junk food ??
We would eat what was at the gig. Not to knock the catering companies, but you would eat catering that was sitting out all day or eating from room service and then when I was diagnosed five years ago and I became a student of nutrition and wellness and really wanted to be proactive in getting well. I think now what we know from the information we get about antibiotics in the meat and pesticides in produce that there’s a direct correlation to disease and there are components of food that are very disease-defensive and it’s food that we can incorporate. We wanted everything in the book to be delicious and not boring.
#What do you say to people who can’t afford to buy organic ??
It’s really tricky. I’m able to afford organic meat but I think ultimately in the long run you pay for food and not pay as much in medical bills. For someone like me, had I not been insured I would have paid upward of $170,000 and that was just for radiation, that wasn’t my entire treatment. It is an investment. Also there are great meat companies online that will deliver; you can buy into a side a beef. The internet has allowed us to be creative.

#You’re a single mom. Are you constantly exhausted ??
If it’s 9:30 and I’m still awake I feel like I had a great day. I usually crash. I’m the most boring rock star right now, but that’s okay, it’s exciting in a different way.
I saw you were part of the White House salute to Motown.
It was the most nerve-wracking thing I’ve ever done, without question. To be singing Motown in front of Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, and not to mention the President.

#Did you hang with Obama afterwards??
There was a party afterwards but it’s not the kind of thing where the President hangs out. I can’t fathom what it’s like to be in the kind of stressful climate he’s in everyday with everything that’s going on and then take a break and sit with an audience for two hours. I’m sure he wasn’t for a moment not thinking about what was going on.

#What’s something surprising about you ??
I like to sew. I have a sewing machine. I can actually read a pattern and make a skirt. I’ve made pillows, quilts and jackets.

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Miley Cyrus is Back with Liam Hemsworth

There had been a lot of speculation on who Miley Cyrus was dating ever since she mentioned in an interview that she was no longer single.

And on the top of the list of possible boyfriends was her ex Liam Hemsworth, who Cyrus first met on the set of the movie ‘The Last Song’. The couple were together for over a year until they called it quits in August last year.

Now, a source close to Cyrus has told HollywoodLife.com that the ‘Hannah Montana ‘ actress is indeed back with Hemsworth and her parents calling off their divorce played a huge part in the couple getting together. 

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Miley Cyrus - Liam Hemsworth

The source is quoted saying, “Miley is so thrilled at her parents reconciling, and it made her stop and think, and realize that Liam is someone special in her life. Their feelings for each other never stopped, and now that their schedules are better suited for each other, they have been able to work it out.”

The person also added, “Plus her parents trust Liam.”

When asked if the Cyrus and Hemsworth were really back together or if they were just close friends, the person replied, “They started talking more at the same time Miley’s parents were mending things. They started getting back together around Valentine’s Day and are now back on as boyfriend and girlfriend.”

Things seem to be going well for Cyrus who recently got back on the social networking site Twitter after she closed her account in 2009 claiming it interfered too much with her private life.

But with all the good news comes the bad, an inflatable Miley Cyrus sex doll named “Finally Mylie” from Pipedream Products has reportedly become such a hot ticket item that stores can’t meet the demand.

 
 

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Madonna’s Malawi Charity Not Under Investigation

Despite recent reports that Madonna‘s charity, Raising Malawi, is under investigation by the authorities, her rep. state exclusively that this isn’t the case.

The non-profit, co-founded in 2006 by the Material Girl and partner Michael Berg, aims to promote sustainability and provide valuable resources to the 2 million orphans in the African country.

madonna @ malawiWhile sources have reported that construction on a school being built by the organization has been halted while Raising Malawi is being investigated for mismanagement of funds, nothing could be further from the truth.

“In recent days a number of wild and totally false rumors about Madonna’s philanthropy — spread by bloggers and tabloids — have begun appearing on the Internet. As we have said previously, Raising Malawi is currently undergoing a series of positive changes in an effort to serve more children,” Madonna’s rep. said.

“Neither Madonna nor Raising Malawi is being investigated by the FBI or the IRS. It is unfortunate that people have chosen to say things about Raising Malawi and Madonna that are not true. Madonna remains committed and focused on what matters: helping the children of Malawi.”

In October, the singer-actress flew out to Malawi, where her children David and Mercy where born, to visit the Raising Malawi School for Girls.

The singer said of her passion for the project, “Research proves that young girls throughout the developing world are often left without opportunities to receive a comprehensive education and the benefits that education can provide. Our goal is to teach them to challenge themselves, serve their local communities and develop their country.”

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in World News

 

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Model Drops Loaded Gun On Russian Catwalk

A former spy agent has taken to the catwalk with a loaded gun.

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Former spy agent Anna Chapman made her catwalk debut yesterday at Russia Fashion Week, causing a stir when she dropped a loaded gun onto the runway.

Wearing a fur-lined jacket and black leather trousers by Russian designers Ilya Shiyan and Yana Rudkovskaya, Chapman strutted alongside a male model, holding a gun to his head before dropping it at the end of the runway.

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Although the stunt was part of the show, it alarmed KGB veterans in the audience, with one telling the local media that Chapman’s glorification of the weapon was unacceptable.

“For a special agent, a gun is part of your profession. It is sacred and such a careless attitude to it is simply unacceptable.”

Chapman was unmasked by the US FBI last year in reportedly “one of the biggest investigative scandals since the Cold War“.
Since being exiled to her native Russia, she has stripped off for Maxim magazine and is rumoured to be starting her own TV show.
Ex-Russian agent
In the meantime however, it’s likely she’ll serve as a Russian MP, representing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin‘s party.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in World News

 

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Gwen Stefani on Her Husband: It’s Unbelievable We Stayed Together

Gwen Stefani rocks the May cover of Elle Magazine, and in the accompanying interview, she discusses songwriting, performing while pregnant and her disbelief that she and husband Gavin Rossdale are still together.

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Gwen Stefani- Elle Magazine Cover

“The first time we ever kissed was right around Valentine’s Day–we were in New Orleans on tour. So, yeah, I always think about that because it’s unbelievable that we’ve been able to stay together. I feel so proud of us–it’s one of my biggest achievements,” she said.

 

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Gwen Stefani- Fashion Week

Stefani, 41, also talked about how Prince really affected her songwriting process. “Prince, who is one of my idols, gave me some advice when I worked with him: “Have you ever just tried writing a hit? Like, don’t just try writing a song, try and write a hit song.” I remember him saying that and me thinking, Yeah, you’re right. Why would you write anything else?”

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in World News

 

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Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde Are Just Friends

Despite reports that Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde were rebounding with one another over the weekend, sources close to the pair insist they are just good friends and neither of them is ready to leap into another serious relationship.

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“Justin and Olivia became close working together on ‘Now.’ They are both newly single and both want to get out and have fun with friends, but they are not an item,” a pal assure.

Us Weekly first reported that the pair were dancing and getting close all night at the Roxbury in Los Angeles.

“They were dancing, whispering, he had his hand on her back and shoulders, and they were together all night,” an insider told the mag.
Timberlake just split from Jessica Biel last month after four years together, and Wilde just filed for divorce from her husband Tao Ruspoli after eight years of marriage.

“Justin and Olivia just wanted to have some fun. But it wasn’t romantic,” our source insists.

Sure, it may seem soon for the two to be moving on from their respective long relationships, but in Hollywood, dating years are like dog years. We’re sure they’re just good buds, but we couldn’t blame them for trying for something more. They would make an adorable couple.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in World News

 

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US Workers Join International Team Tackling Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

Who’s willing to kiss their family goodbye and fly halfway around the world into a radioactive cauldron, toiling at 12-hour shifts in potentially life-threatening conditions and surviving on emergency rations, all in the hopes of saving Japan from nuclear disaster?

More people than you might think.

Nuclear workers from the United States, France and other countries are heading to Japan to take part in the frantic operation to stop more radiation from spewing out of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Three weeks after a 9.0-magnitude quake destabilized the plant and sent a tsunami rushing through it, some 400 Japanese nuclear workers are living and working at the facility, and an unknown number of foreigners are joining them. There’s even an American recruiting firm taking applications from people who want to go.

“About two weeks ago, we told our managers to put together a wish list of anyone interested in going to Japan,” Joe Melanson, a recruiter at Bartlett Nuclear, a Massachusetts staffing firm that specializes in nuclear industry jobs. The first batch of American workers are setting off for Japan on Sunday, he said.

Besides having nuclear experience on your resume, “the only requirement was that you have a valid passport,” Melanson said.

The gig also earns big pay, though the exact salary for a monthlong trip to Japan hasn’t been made public.

And the workers’ assignments once they land in Japan are largely unknown. Officials from the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which runs the Fukushima plant, are commanding the relief efforts, and foreign workers will go in under their ultimate command. Jobs include water purification experts, radiation monitors and spent-fuel specialists.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2011 in World News

 

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