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From Reuters By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - Bavaria's most glamorous politician -- a flame-haired motorcyclist who helped bring down state premier Edmund Stoiber -- has shocked the Catholic state in Germany by suggesting marriage should last just 7 years. Gabriele Pauli, who poses on her web site in motorcycle leathers, is standing for the leadership of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) -- sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) -- in a vote next week. She told reporters at the launch of her campaign manifesto on Wednesday she wanted marriage to expire after seven years and accused the CSU, which promotes traditional family values, of nurturing ideals of marriage which are wide of the mark. Tango’s Take
From USA Today By Sharon Jayson More than 70% of those who married since 1970 celebrated a 10th anniversary. That statistic — one of many released Wednesday by the U.S. Census — shows that divorce itself has stabilized in recent decades, neither rising nor falling significantly. But experts say the longitudinal information also suggests divorce remains a threat throughout married life. "People are at risk of divorce throughout their marriages. That risk probably peaks in years 5 through 10," says Andrew Cherlin, a sociology professor at Johns Hopkins University. But making it to the 10th doesn't mean a couple won't split, Cherlin says. "Lots of divorces are occurring after the first decade of marriage. It's not the case that if you make it through the first 10 years, your marriage is divorce-proof." Tango’s Take
From ExtraTV.com Charlie Sheen is fighting back at his ex-wife Denise Richards’ new accusations in their ongoing custody battle. Yesterday Denise filed new papers in L.A. Superior Court accusing Charlie of “personal issues” that affect their two young daughters, Sam and Lola. Charlie responded by blasting Denise, saying that she “behaves as though she owns our children. She does not.” He added, “A day of legal reckoning is fast approaching…the truth will prevail.” Tango’s Take
From VoiceOfAmerica By Joe De Capua A new study says pregnancy may help protect HIV-positive women from developing full-blown AIDS. The study appears in the October 1st issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Timothy Sterling of Vanderbilt University is the senior author of the study. He says there were surprising findings for HIV-positive women who were taking anti-retroviral drugs. “We found that the women who became pregnant during the study period had a lower risk of progressing to AIDS-defining events or death than the women who did not become pregnant. This was an observational study just looking at 759 women who were seen at some point during the study period, which was between January 1997 and December 2004,” he says. Tango’s Take
From PerezHilton.com Access Hollywood has obtained the court motion that Richards filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against Sheen on Wednesday. Denise is asking the court to terminate Charlie’s overnight privileges with the their two kids, daughters Sam, 3, and Lola, 2. Amongst Richards’ shocking allegations…. She claims that Sheen still exhibits “inappropriate behavior… and conduct,” including “his attraction to underage women and his sexual explicitness on the Internet, including revealing his private parts.” She alleges that her children don’t enjoy their time with their father and don’t want to spend the night at his house.
From The New York Times By Katyhryn Shattuck AS he anxiously counted the minutes until he would propose to Emily Cappella on Aug. 24, Guildry Santana ran down his checklist: Reservation at La Palapa, the Mexican restaurant in the East Village where they had their first date two years earlier. Done. Engagement ring removed from box and tucked discreetly into pants pocket. There. And this: a photographer lurking at the crowded intersection of Eighth Street and Astor Place, with instructions to snap his shutter the instant Mr. Santana dropped to bended knee. Tango’s Take
From Daily News Analysis India MELBOURNE: An Australian woman who underwent in-vitro fertilization has sued her doctor after she gave birth to twins instead of a single baby, claiming more than $332,000 for the cost of raising the second child till the age of 21. Testifying before the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory on Tuesday, the teary 40-year-old mother said she told Dr Robert Armellin she wanted only one child in November 2003. But an embryologist under the doctor's supervision implanted two embryos, resulting in the birth of non-identical twins. Tango’s Take