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Oprah Winfrey quits TV show after 25 years

Oprah Winfrey, the reigning monarch of daytime chat and occasional champion of presidents and authors, is to announce on her television show today that after nearly a quarter of a century of syndication success she is preparing to quit her show for good the year after next.

Woman attacked by chimp reveals face on Oprah

A woman who was attacked by a 200-pound chimpanzee revealed her heavily disfigured face on television last night, saying she is blind and has to eat through a straw, but isn't angry.

Former flight attendant sues Oprah over sex claim

Oprah Winfrey has had pretty good luck in litigation during her career. Back in 1998 she won a Texas defamation case brought by cattlemen who weren't thrilled when she said she'd sworn off burgers on a show about mad cow disease.

2016 Olympics: Will Rio crash the Obamas' party?

The host city is chosen today – with the Brazilians tipped to snatch victory. James Corrigan reports on a hot competition

Observations: How cinema's inside man manages to do the right thing

Spike Lee was on typically rambunctious form at The Independent Interview on Monday at London's BFI. In a wide-ranging discussion, guided gently and not always successfully by David Lammy, MP, the director covered everything from the release of Do the Right Thing 20 years ago and the racism of critics, to how Barack Obama is coping with a post-election onslaught from "redneck crackers" ("The euphoria of him winning has gone. He's under attack"), and the changing face of cinema, where funding is scarce. "Unless you're Spielberg, Lucas or Tyler Perry, it's hard to get a film made." Nevertheless, the single-minded director (he demands final cut on all of his movies) revealed that he had turned down big-budget directing jobs in the aftermath of his most successful film, Inside Man. "Every available bank-heist movie that had been lying around was dusted off and sent to me".

Sarah Churchwell: Devoured by his own celebrity

Michael Jackson’s self-hatred ricocheted against a narcissistic megalomania

Sudden impact: The facts about strokes

Jill Bolte-Taylor was just 37 years old when she suffered a massive stroke caused by the rupture of a blood vessel on the left side of her brain. Within hours she was semi-paralysed, having lost the ability to walk, talk, read and write.

Oprah defends her 'experts' accused of talking nonsense

Controversy rages over dubious medical advice dispensed on show watched by tens of millions

Jolie dethrones Oprah as most powerful celebrity

Birth of twins helped actress take No 1 spot on 'Forbes' list

Strong winds boost California wildfire

Strong winds were pushing a fierce wildfire above the California coastal city of Santa Barbara closer to populated areas and forced thousands more to flee their homes.

McCann's anxious wait for appeal response

The parents of Madeleine McCann hope today will bring a significant response to the release of an image of how the little girl may look now if still alive.

Many Twitters are quick quitters, finds study

Today's Twitters are often tomorrow's quitters, according to data that questions the long-term success of the latest social networking sensation used by celebrities from Oprah Winfrey to Britney Spears.

Ashton Kutcher leaves Oprah atwitter

A week of Twitter mania culminated on Friday with actor Ashton Kutcher winning a popularity contest against cable news giant CNN on the Web platform and Oprah Winfrey sending her first "tweet."

Oprah Winfrey considered as Obama replacement

Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich has told a US television show that he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to the empty US Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

Deborah Orr: These 'tough times' have little to do with crime in this country

Those who argue that Britain is no more violent should modify their views
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

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