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France-Haiti hoax group promises action

Montreal -- Activists behind an online hoax indicating France was planning to give billions to Haiti said in Montreal they are not intimidated by lawsuit threats.

Members of the Committee for the Reimbursement of the Indemnity Money Extorted from Haiti, or CRIME, said during a Thursday news conference they have not received any paperwork related to the French government's threatened lawsuit and they plan to continue actions against the country, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Friday.

"We have every intention of continuing with these kinds of actions," a CRIME spokeswoman said. "If (France) does take us to court, then it will draw even more attention."

Sean Penn says ex-wife is 'a ghost to me now'

Hollywood movie star Sean Penn hasn’t kept in touch with his former wife Robin Wright since they filed for divorce last year. Now, the screen legend has declared that Wright is a ‘ghost’ for him now.

Sean Penn sent to anger management post paparazzi clash

Actor Sean Penn has been sentenced to community service and anger management counseling for the spat he had with a photographer last October.

Christina Aguilera feels ‘superhuman’ after baby birth

Christina Aguilera is all set to make a grand comeback. The Grammy award-winning singer is preparing for her live performance at the MTV Movie Awards early next year and simultaneously getting ready for the release of her new album, Bionic.

Stephenie Meyer to release new book; 'The Host' to be filmed soon

Author Stephenie Meyer will soon be releasing her new book. Named ‘The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner,’ the book is about a newborn vampire Bree (from her book ‘Eclipse’) and is expected to be out on June 5 this year.

USGS assists Haiti in earthquake recovery

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti -- U.S. scientists say they're helping Haitians prepare for reconstruction and long-term earthquake monitoring in the wake of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey researchers said they are also providing geological information that will assist with the establishment of new building codes in the country.

The most recent USGS scientists traveling to Haiti are Carol Prentice and Rich Briggs, who are working with scientists from the University of Texas to measure coastal uplift.

The current study follows the work of USGS geophysicist Walter Mooney and a team that was in Haiti Jan. 26-Feb. 3 to survey Port-au-Prince to identify geologic and engineering factors that contributed to the greatest damage from the shaking.

Angelina Jolie meets Haiti earthquake victims

New York, February 10 -- Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited Haiti earthquake victims on Tuesday. The 36-year-old actress, who represents the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, met with UN officials in Port-au-Prince.

Strip club raises relief funds for Haiti

Waterville, Ohio -- An Ohio strip club said it raised nearly $1,000 during a "Lap dances for Haiti" charity event

Bosses at Marilyn's on Monroe, which does not actually allow lap dances, said all the money from the club's $10 cover charge Sunday to Hope, or ISOH/IMPACT, a Waterville-based charity participating in Haitian earthquake relief efforts, the Toledo Blade reported Monday.

General Manager Kenny Soprano said local business wanted to give back to the community.

"We'd been racking our brains for about a month or so, thinking about what we could do," he said. "You don't hear much about strip clubs giving back to the community."

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Singers, rappers perform to help aid Haiti

Miami -- Singers and rappers said during a benefit concert in Miami that residents of Haiti are in desperate need of aid to help recover from the destructive earthquake. said Saturday that among those taking part in Friday's "SOS Saving OurSelves -- Help for Haiti" concert at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena were singers Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, along with rappers such as Wyclef Jean and Busta Rhymes.

Sean "Diddy" Combs, who co-hosted the concert-telethon with fellow music stars Queen Latifah and Pharrell, was among those making pleas for support for Haiti in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

"Even if you've donated before, donate some more," Combs said. "It's a different week."

Lack of refrigeration hampers breast milk donations in Haiti

New York, January 31 -- Last week, a number of organizations, including International Breast Milk Project (IBMP), had requested for breast milk donations for infants in Haiti.