US-LIFE Summary

Sep 20, 2011, 9:11 p.m.

Disney, Cameron to create theme-park "Avatar"

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Moviegoers pining for a return to the lush moon of Pandora in James Cameron's film "Avatar" will finally get their chance -- first-hand. Walt Disney Co is teaming with the Oscar-winning director and News Corp unit Fox Filmed Entertainment, to mimic the thriving green landscape depicted in the highest-grossing movie of all time in a section of its Orlando, Florida, theme park.

Preemies may face higher death rates as adults

(Reuters) - Health problems are common among premature babies, who are more likely to die than their full-term peers during the first few years of life -- and they may also face slightly increased death rates as young adults, a study said. "This is an entirely new finding," said Casey Crump of Stanford University, whose findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Starbucks sued over Washington restroom camera

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Virginia man is suing Starbucks Coffee Co after his 5-year-old daughter allegedly found a video camera in a Washington cafe bathroom pointed at the toilet. William Yockey, of Norfolk, is asking for $1 million in the civil suit on four counts, including breach of privacy, his lawyer, Hank Schlosberg, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Analysis: Nike, Adidas trounce China sportswear players

SHENZHEN/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Drawn by a handwritten notice, a handful of customers sift through stacks of sports shoes and rows of clothes at a Li Ning discount outlet in China's boom town of Shenzhen on a Sunday afternoon. "Last day! Enjoy 50-55 percent discount on all goods. Buy three, get another 10 percent off," the note read.

Milan fashion picks glam over gloom

MILAN (Reuters) - Designers have prepared a marathon of catwalk shows and gala openings to wow shoppers and woo their wallets at a Milan fashion week which starts on Wednesday amid winds of recession. Top brands such as Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo are betting on next summer, a key season for fashion sales, to lure customers who are heading into a penny-pinching European autumn.

London designers hail "elegant" Kate Middleton

LONDON (Reuters) - Inspiring, chic and effortlessly elegant -- that's what designers at London Fashion Week have hailed Kate Middleton's style, as her sartorial choices could prove a potential stimulus to Britain's clothing industry. Middleton has graced magazine covers since she announced her engagement to Britain's Prince William last year and her wedding in April was watched by millions of people around the world, with many eagerly waiting to see her bridal gown.

Cell phones may be new tool vs Somalia famine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cell phones may bring relief to famine victims in parts of Somalia controlled by al Shabaab insurgents as donors seek new ways to circumvent the hard-line militants, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, said that despite al Shabaab's ban on foreign aid in regions they control, progress was being made to reach about 2.7 million people desperately in need of help.

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