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Kate Winslet was nicknamed ''Blubber'' in school

Kate Winslet was nicknamed ''Blubber'' in schoolNew York, Apr 30 : Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet has revealed that she was nicknamed Blubber at school.

While in an interview with Britain''s Marie Claire magazine, the star of "Revolutionary Road" opened up about her school and being accused of lying about her humble background.

"I was bullied for being chubby. Where are they now?" The New York Daily News quoted her, as telling the magazine, and revealed that her tormentors even locked her in a cupboard.

Susan Boyle ‘can’t find publishers for tell-all book’

Susan Boyle ‘can’t find publishers for tell-all book’New York, April 30 : Britain''s Got Talent's star Susan Boyle is having a hard time finding publishers for her tell all book despite her sudden rise to international stardom, according to reports.

The 48-year-old had wooed all with her jaw-dropping performance of the Les Misérables song `I Dreamed a Dream' on the talent show.

And now the church volunteer from Scotland was reportedly shopping for publishers through her agent, Richard Pine of Inkwell Management, reports the New York Post.

New York officials downplay threat of swine flu

New York officials downplay threat of swine fluNew York - New York state officials Wednesday downplayed the fact that New York has the highest total of confirmed cases of swine flu among ten US states, saying the situation was inexplicable - even as health workers were investigating 75 more probable cases and some schools remained closed.

New York Governor David Paterson and his health commissioner, Richard Daines, who noted there was no vaccine for swine flu, said they did not consider the swine flu outbreak any more important than unseasonal flu in springtime.

US stocks gain as surprising earnings overshadow GDP report

US stocks gain as surprising earnings overshadow GDP report New York  - US stocks posted strong gains on Wednesday as most companies that reported profits for the first quarter beat estimates on the day, drowning out reports of a sharp contraction in the US economy over the first three months.

Time Warner Inc, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc and Hess Corp all beat analysts' expectations, offering some hope that the worst may be over and driving all major US stock indices up by more than 2 per cent.

New York officials downplay threat of swine flu

New York officials downplay threat of swine flu New York - New York state officials Wednesday downplayed the fact that New York has the highest total of confirmed cases of swine flu among ten US states, saying the situation was inexplicable - even as health workers were investigating 75 more probable cases and some schools remained closed.

New York Governor David Paterson and his health commissioner, Richard Daines, who said the state currently has no vaccine designed for swine flu, said they did not consider the swine flu outbreak any more important than unseasonal flu in springtime.

At least six large US banks need more capital

At least six large US banks need more capital New York - At least six of the 19 largest US banks need more capital to remain healthy through the recession, according to leaked information from the two-month stress test carried out by the nation's bank regulators, Bloomberg financial news service reported Wednesday.

The infusions could come from extra cash injections from the government, but more likely from converting preferred shares to common equity, the report said, citing people close to the situation.

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