Amy Winehouse (photo) had no illegal drugs in her system when she died, and it is still unclear what killed the singer, her family said Tuesday. The family said in a statement that toxicology tests showed “alcohol was present” in the singer’s body but it hasn’t yet been determined if it contributed to her death.The 27-year-old soul diva, who had battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, was found dead in her London home on July 23, and an initial postmortem failed to determine the cause of death. The family is awaiting the outcome of an inquest that is due to begin in October. … The fashion world is abuzz over the possibility that U.S.-born designer Marc Jacobs might take over as creative director of Dior. The label, widely considered the jewel in the crown of French fashion, has been floundering for nearly six months, since its longtime creative director John Galliano was summarily sacked over allegations he made anti-Semitic remarks. Jacobs is among the top tier of designers worldwide, adored by critics and consumers for his signature label and for his work for Louis Vuitton — the coveted bag maker which is also owned by Dior parent company LVMH. … Taking advantage of idyllic summer weather, President Barack Obama joined his family on bike and beach outings Tuesday and was teeing off on a Martha’s Vineyard golf course when much of the East Coast was rattled by an earthquake. The White House did not immediately say whether the president felt the ground sway, but reporters traveling with him said they did. Aides said Obama was briefed on national security and the economy before setting out for the bike trail at Manuel F. Correllus State Forest with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha.
IRENE An image made from the GEOS East satellite shows Hurricane Irene as it passes over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday. The Category 2 hurricane is on a track that could take it to the U.S. Southeast as a major storm by the end of the week. Federal officials warned the first hurricane to threaten the U.S. in three years could flood streets and knock down power lines as far north as New England. Irene weakened to a Category 1 hurricane late Monday, but was expected to regain strength as it heads northwesterly over the Bahamas Tuesday night.
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