WASHINGTON (AP) -- First Lady Michelle Obama is adding a book to her gardening resume. It's 271 pages and titled "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America." In the book, Mrs. Obama talks about various topics, from her life story to the White House garden. There are lots of colorful, glossy pictures of luscious-looking vegetables, and Bo, the family dog, gets plenty of cameo appearances. There are also maps tracing the growth of the garden over the past three years, and stories about community gardens around the country -- even a how-to on creating a compost bin. The book is divided into four sections marking the seasons, and includes recipes for each.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A new study suggests a relatively easy way to get children to eat more vegetables, serve water with meals. Experts at the University of Oregon say research has found people correlate a glass of water with healthy food, and sugary drinks with items from convenience stores and fast-food restaurants. Researchers say preschool children ate a lot more vegetables when they drank water instead of soda. One study author says told The Register-Guard newspaper (http://www.registerguard.com) that drinking water with dinner can give kids a healthier mindset.
CANNES, France (AP) -- It's a wrap for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and Matthew McConaughey had a double feature. He stars in two movies that were shown there. In both films American directors look long and hard at the U.S. for their subject matter. Lee Daniels used the sexual and racial politics of the 1960s South as a backdrop for the death-row thriller in "The Paperboy," which also stars Nicole Kidman. Director Jeff Nichols' movie, "Mud," tells a modern-day "Huckleberry Finn" story of Mississippi River fishing families whose way of life is threatened. Some say "The Paperboy" could get Kidman and Oscar nomination. McConaughey says the movie got a wonderful ovation, which was the kind of immediate response he's never really experienced.
LOUISIANA MUSIC VACATIONS
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Still looking for vacation ideas? The Louisiana Office of Tourism is launching a website for visitors to sample the state's musical offerings and plan a music-themed vacation. The site is www.LouisianaSoundtrack.com. It has audio and video of music including jazz, Cajun and zydeco. You can learn about the heritage and evolution of Louisiana music, and get information on venues and events showcasing that music. The site also features listings and links to information about Louisiana's major music festivals, live music venues, historical music sites, recurring concert series and jam sessions.
NATIONAL VETERANS MUSEUM
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- A Chicago suburb could be the home of a new veterans' museum featuring a library, military park and housing project for veterans. Fundraising is underway for the National Veterans Museum in Hoffman Estates, about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. According to The Arlington Heights Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/MW77lz ), the 325,000-square-foot museum would have dozens of galleries, a library and a housing project for veterans who are homeless or facing other hardships. Organizers say the goal is to raise $600 million in less than two years and complete the project by 2016. National Veterans Museum President Joe Cantafio says he picked Illinois because there's a high concentration of veterans and the Chicago area is a central location.
UNDATED -- People in Oregon are on the lookout for tsunami debris from Japan. They don't know when or where it will come, or how much there will be, but they're expecting debris from last year's tsunami in Japan to makes its way across the ocean to the Oregon coast. Plans are getting underway about how to tackle the debris. Volunteers are expected to play a big role in picking up debris when it starts hitting beaches. Representatives from state and federal agencies and nonprofit groups are meeting to come up with plans for the clean up effort.
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