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A New York judge has stopped an impending auction of pop star Madonna's personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn panties and a hairbrush containing her hair. A Manhattan state Supreme Court judge Tuesday ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 items from its rock-and-roll-themed auction scheduled for Wednesday. The Material Girl sought an emergency court order saying she was "shocked to learn" of the planned online auction of the Tupac letter and had no idea it was no longer in her possession. She says it's "outrageous and grossly offensive" her DNA could be auctioned. An auction house spokesman tells the New York Post the allegations will be "challenged and refuted" in court.

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The crew of a police helicopter filmed people sunbathing in the nude, naturists at a campsite and even a couple having sex, a court in Britain was told on Tuesday, the BBC reported. South Yorkshire police officers Lucas, Walls, and pilots Loosemore, and Reeves, each denied charges of misconduct in public office when they went on trial in Sheffield in the north of England. Former police officer Adrian Pogmore, 50, had previously admitted to the same charge. The people recorded included two naturists at a campsite in 2008, a mother and her daughters sunbathing nude in 2007 and a couple having sex in their garden in 2008, the prosecution told the court. Footage taken by the crew of the couple was said to have shown the woman involved waving up at the helicopter at one point.

MUSIC HEATSEEKERS

Maluma Bumps 'Despacito' From No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay after 20-Week Reign

Colombian singer Maluma notches his fifth No. 1 on Billboard’s Latin Rhythm Airplay chart (dated July 29), as “Felices Los 4” rises 2-1 in its 12th week on the chart with 16.92 million audience impressions earned (up 3 percent) in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen Music.

“Felices Los 4” bumps Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, from No. 1 to No. 2 in its 27th week on the list. It falls to the runner-up slot with a 15 percent decline in audience for the week (for a total of 15.54 million impressions). "Despacito" led the tally for 20 non-consecutive weeks, beginning on the March 4-dated chart.

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QUIRKY THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JAPANESE

Most tourists heading to Japan expect to experience bizarre and perhaps even downright weird sights and sounds. Although the Internet and popular media exaggerates Japanese culture somewhat, the country is proud of its eccentricities and kooky nature. A visit to Japan can be very confusing, so it’s worth finding out about some of its quirks before you book your flight.

Bowing is Very Important

You probably know that bowing plays a huge part in Japanese culture, but the intricacies and subtleties of bowing can be take years to fully understand. For example, an informal bow is made at a 15 degree angle while a formal bow is at 30 degree angle. Also, if one person bows for slightly longer than expected, the other party will bow again in return. This can lead to a succession of gradually diminishing bows between two people.

Some Vehicles Sing

Don’t think you’re going crazy if you hear a truck or car singing in Japan. Some vehicles talk or sing when they are reversing, and police cars and ambulances say which direction they are going and thank other cars for moving out of the way.

Women Only Areas

It can be a common sight to see ‘women only’ signs in Japan. Some Internet cafes, hotel areas and apartments are strictly for women, and there are even pink train carriages during the morning rush hour which are a male-

No Eating in Public

If you start eating on a busy train or while walking down the street in Japan, expect to receive a few glares from passers-by. Many Japanese people consider it rude to eat in public. It is common to see people crowding around vending machines in Japan because they prefer to immediately drink and eat their purchases rather than do so while walking around.

MELLOW HEALTH

Tips to improve your health if you sit at a computer all day 

You may have heard that the workplace is contributing negatively to your health. We spend at least one third of our lives at work, so developing healthy habits in the office can help improve our quality of life. Here are five simple, practical tips you can start using today to stay healthy at work:

Switch your seat

If you’re mainly working from an office all day, try sitting on an exercise ball for some of your day. This strengthens your core and works different muscles. In the last few years, several researches have deemed that sitting is the smoking of our generation. Other alternatives are using a standing desk and alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day, and walking during your meetings.

Drink plenty of water

This helps with headaches from screens. Try to drink two (or more) 40 oz. of water a day each day. If you have a difficult time remembering to drink water at work, set a timer on your phone reminding you. Another trick for staying hydrated throughout the day is to always keep a full water bottle in plain sight.

Get regular massages

There are many benefits to getting a massage, such as reducing stress levels, relieving workstation related muscle tension, and maintaining energy levels. Make it a point to treat yourself to a massage every so often.

Move around

The key is to do some kind of activity every day. It doesn’t have to be a five-mile sprint. A walk to and from work, taking the stairs, or doing some light stretching can keep you healthy, even if you stare at screens all day.

WORD OF THE DAY

Bizarre adjective  bi·zarre \bə-ˈzär\

Definition of bizarre

  1. : strikingly out of the ordinary: such as odd, extravagant, or eccentric in style or mode or character. Examples of bizarre in a Sentence
  2. I just heard the most bizarre story.
  3. She wore a bizarre outfit.