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Kanye West says he had considered suicide

LOS ANGELES — Kanye West told an audience at a screening of his film, “Runaway,” that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. “There were times that I contemplated suicide.” However, he said, “I will not give up on life again.”

The latest Vatican line: Homer Simpson is Catholic

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper has declared that Homer Simpson is part of the pope’s flock – a claim that leaves “The Simpsons” TV producer baffled. “Few people know it and he does everything to hide it but it is true: Homer J. Simpson is Catholic,” L’Osservatore Romano wrote in its weekend edition under the headline: “Homer and Bart are Catholic.”

French retirement protests take violent turn

PARIS — Masked youths clashed with police and set fires in cities across France on Tuesday as protests against a proposed hike in the retirement age took an increasingly radical turn. Hundreds of flights were canceled, long lines formed at gas stations and train service in many regions was cut in half. President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to crack down on “troublemakers” and guarantee public order, raising the possibility of more confrontations with young rioters.

MGM Resorts raises $511 million through stock sale

MGM Resorts International announced Tuesday it raised $511 million by selling 40.9 million shares of common stock and plans to pay down its $13 billion debt. Also, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian sold almost 28 million shares of MGM Resorts. The company did not receive any proceeds from the sale of Kerkorian’s shares.

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