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Tucked into a New Yorker profile of producer Dr. Luke is this fun tidbit picked up by Complex Music. Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, knows hits. (He’s worked with Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and more.) But he apparently doesn’t know them that well, or at the very least, he vastly overestimated America’s musical tastes—because… READ MORE »


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What started as a minor fender-bender between an SUV and a motorcycle on a New York City highway turned into chaos after the driver was reportedly surrounded and beaten by a mob of angry motorcyclists. And it was all caught on video by a biker’s helmet cam. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


The attack by al-Qaeda-linked militants al-Shabab yesterday at an upscale mall in Nairobi has now killed at least 59 people and wounded 175, Kenya’s interior secretary said today. Multiple barrages of gunfire erupted this morning from inside the building where there is a hostage standoff with Islamic extremists nearly 24 hours after they attacked using grenades and… READ MORE »


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Amanda Knox won’t be returning to Italy for her retrial, she confirmed in an interview today. “It’s not a possibility,” she told Matt Lauer on the “Today Show”. “I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can’t relive that.” When Lauer asked if she were worried that would look like an admission of… READ MORE »


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In what the non-tiara-wearing crowd would call a pretty awesome move, France’s Senate has voted to ban child beauty pageants. Under the measure, which must still be approved by the lower house of parliament, organizing such competitions is prohibited, and anyone who enters a child under the age of 16 in a beauty contest would… READ MORE »


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Four people have been killed and at least eight are injured in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, a US Navy public affairs director is confirming. The Navy itself is reporting fatalities, though it won’t say how many. The shooter is described as “contained,” and is believed to have barricaded himself somewhere on the Yard. READ MORE »


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What many of us end up with after checking a book out of the library: a fine for returning it late. What one woman ended up with: a long-lost half sister. That woman isn’t named by NPR, who spoke to author Cheryl Strayed. Wild is a memoir of her 1995 1,100-mile West Coast hike with the now-extra appropriate… READ MORE »


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The US Department of Agriculture quietly announced on Friday that it had approved four Chinese poultry plants to ship processed chicken into the US. It’s no wonder it tried to sneak that news onto the eve of a long weekend, notes Bloomberg: China has a dodgy reputation for food safety, with repeated outbreaks of avian… READ MORE »


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Ariel Castro has been found dead in his prison cell just 35 days into his life-plus-1,000-years sentence for keeping three women captive in his home for a decade. The 53-year-old hanged himself, say officials at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Prison officials found his body about 9:20pm. They tried emergency life-saving measures, but… READ MORE »


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This just in: Australia’s been taken over by enormous cats. Well, sort of: The country’s Northern Territory is apparently overrun with feral cats that weigh up to 45 lbs; to smaller creatures, they’re basically killing machines, Vice reports, alongside a pretty stunning image. It’s posing a threat to the area’s biodiversity. “Even a small cat… READ MORE »


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Depression might be known more as a women’s disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional symptoms are properly identified, men may actually… READ MORE »


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It’s a criminal tale that reads like “Catch Me If You Can.” At its center: a thief of antique silver alleged to have burgled 500 homes over 30 years (including that of Ivanka Trump) and the retired detective who spent his career trailing him. Blane Nordahl was arrested yesterday in a small town in north… READ MORE »



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