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Angelina Jolie puts movies aside

LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie has put movie-making on hold to become a better mom, take cooking classes and do ordinary tasks. In an interview with Vanity Fair released on Wednesday, the actress said life after splitting in September from husband Brad Pitt was focused on looking after her health and her children. "I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I'm being smart about my choices, and I'm putting my family first, and I'm in charge of my life and my health. I think that's what makes a woman complete,"…

This Thai village is using poop to power homes

Nestled in a deep pocket of forest that lies off Thailand's electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop. After successfully lighting up their homes with solar panels and stoves fueled by cow dung, the villagers are now clean energy crusaders in a gas-guzzling country that overwhelmingly relies on fossil fuels. It was a friend from Myanmar who first told 44-year-old Wisut Janprapai that faeces could be used to power a cooking stove. "At first…

California mayor lambasted for dog poop incident resigns: media

CALIFORNIA: The mayor of the wealthy Southern California city of San Marino, who has been dogged by security camera images purporting to show him toss a bag of canine feces on to his neighbor's property, has resigned, media reported. After Mayor Dennis Kneier's neighbor on June 7 found the small bag outside his home he reviewed his surveillance footage and notified police, who later cited the politician for littering, police and media said. The video went viral and drew community anger after the neighbor shared it…