Of Human Interest: News lite

By ELLEN BECK, United Press International  |  Dec. 30, 2002 at 4:30 AM
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The Mail on Sunday's female-only rich list has Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling -- at $76 million -- earning some six times more than Queen Elizabeth II at $12.3 million.

Rowling topped the list with pop star Madonna coming in second place with $43 million. Material Girl qualifies because she lives in London with film producer-husband Guy Ritchie.

The list includes 100 women but only considers annual income rather than accumulated wealth.

In fifth place was actress Catherine Zeta-Jones at $16.8 million, followed by author Jackie Collins at $16 million and Sharon Osbourne -- of the MTV reality show fame -- at $15.7 million.


Dave Holloway had stocked his freezer with 1,200 Mars Bars before the candy company changed the recipe, the Sunday Mirror in London reports.

He had hoped the original recipe treats would last him four years -- based on his eating style.

He now admits he's eaten every last one -- in just seven months.

"I'm not proud of myself but I couldn't hold back and chomped my way through five or six most days," the 39-year-old Holloway, of Southampton, told the newspaper.


Your after-Christmas trash that boasts to neighbors about all the expensive gifts around your tree also could be a big advertisement to thieves.

WJLA-TV in Washington says the box for that big screen television or a laptop computer could lead robbers to your house.

Fairfax County, Va., Police Sgt. Jeffrey Gossett says while few people think about crime during the holidays the criminals are on the job.

Rather than leave the big Play Station or Sony boxes on the curb, police recommend breaking them down and putting them into garbage bags or inside trash cans.


A study in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds children and adolescents are drinking more of the less-nutritious fruit flavored beverages and carbonated soft drinks than 100 percent juice.

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences analyzed beverage consumption of more than 10,000 children from various age groups. It found that while most children are within guidelines established by the American Academy of Pediatrics for juice intake, consumption of carbonated beverages and fruit-flavored drinks surpasses their intake of 100 percent juice as early as age 5.

"By the time children turn 13 years old, they are drinking nearly four times more carbonated soft drinks than 100 percent juice," says lead researcher Gail Rampersaud.

Rampersaud says fruit-flavored drinks fortified with vitamin C are not as nutritious as 100 percent juice.

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