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Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Read More
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Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida, authorities say

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• Updated on  June 19, 2018 at 8:51 am
Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt, authorities said. Read More

New ‘Queer Eye’ guys have love — and plenty of tips — for guys (and gals)

Browse the Instagram feeds of any of the “Queer Eye” hosts and see their comments to each other, and it’ll be hard not to question the depth of the friendships in your own life. That camaraderie, positivity and encouragement has also been put to use on the show’s stagnant makeover participants in need of a life boost. Read More

AFI highlights Clooney’s life of acting, activism and pranks

George Clooney’s Hollywood career spans more than three decades. But Clooney’s other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him becoming the latest recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. Read More
 
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‘Incredibles 2’ crushes animation record with $180 million

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• Updated on  June 17, 2018 at 1:13 pm
The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a draught of family-friendly films helped “Incredibles 2” become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall. Read More
 
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Trump holds chaotic news conference on White House lawn

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• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 12:58 pm
President Donald Trump gives few news conferences, and when one came today it was sudden, unexpected and chaotic. Read More

TV ratings down for World Cup opener

The overnight rating from major markets of the World Cup opener was less than half of the overnight for the first game of the 2014 tournament, hurt by a much earlier kickoff and less glamorous teams. Read More
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Radio reporter regains a voice after losing ability to speak

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Two years ago, Jamie Dupree encountered what others in his profession might see as an unsurmountable challenge: He lost his voice. Now he may have found a solution. A Scottish company that creates text-to-speech technology has crafted a new “voice” for Dupree: software turns his typed sentences into spoken words. Read More
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Apple announces multiyear content deal with Oprah Winfrey

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• Updated on  June 15, 2018 at 2:35 pm
Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service. The programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content. Read More

N.Y. high court nixes Trump’s bid to delay defamation suit

New York’s highest court turned down President Donald Trump’s latest bid to delay a defamation suit filed by a former “Apprentice” contestant who accused him of unwanted groping and kissing. Read More

Forgotten no more: Shell Oil preserves slave cemeteries

A major oil company is taking steps to honor once-forgotten slaves buried on its land west of New Orleans in an area where sugar plantations once abounded, an effort that some hope will grow into a larger movement to recognize and protect such cemeteries around the country. Read More
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Washington’s battlefield flag on view at revolution museum

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George Washington’s personal Revolutionary War headquarters flag is going on display at Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution, just in time for Flag Day. Read More

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