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Microsoft Opens Windows

Microsoft has launched its new Windows 10 operating system, in an attempt to correct the mistakes of Windows 8, which was panned by users. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's goal is to have 1 billion Windows-powered devices on the market in several years

Robert Kraft, owner of the New Englad Patriots, at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 9, 2015.

Patriots Owner Blasts NFL for Brady Suspension

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he was wrong to trust the NFL in the deflated footballs case and that he regrets not appealing the penalties against the team. "This was never about doing what was fair and just," said Kraft

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby to Be Deposed by End of September

Bill Cosby will have to testify under oath by Sept. 30 about an old sexual assault allegation, involving a girl who was 15 years old at the time, according to attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 17 of Cosby's more than 40 accusers

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Man Booker Prize Longlist Finalists Announced

The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist for fiction books is in, and this year's selection is roughly half men (six) and half women (seven). This is only the second year that the prize has been open to anyone writing in the English language

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PETA Wants Lion-Hunting Dentist Killed

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called for the execution of the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in a statement condemning the shooting. "he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged," the statement said

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Heat Wave Affects Millions of Americans

Millions of Americans were battling a heat wave Wednesday, facing blazing temperatures and thick humidity. Excessive heat warnings were in effect from St. Louis down the Mississippi River and past Memphis and up into Philadelphia

Jonathan Pollard

Israeli Leader to Meet Jonathan Pollard's Wife

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to meet Esther Pollard, the wife of Jonathan Pollard, along with Effi Lahav, the head of the campaign to free the convicted spy, Israeli media reported

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World Faces Olive Oil Shortage

Prices for Spanish olive oil are approaching an all-time high as hot weather and disease harm the country's harvest. Last week the cost of Spanish extra-virgin olive oil rose 5% to $4,272 per metric ton—the highest since April 2006, according to industry analysts

Mullah Omar

Taliban's Mullah Omar Has Died, Afghan Official Says

Weeks after a message purportedly from the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar appeared online, Afghan officials on Wednesday claimed he had in fact died years ago. The country's National Directorate of Security said he died in April 2013

Sarah Palin

Trump Would 'Love' To Have Palin in His Administration

Donald Trump would consider tapping former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to serve in his administration, the billionaire presidential candidate said this week. “Because she really is somebody who knows what’s happening and she’s a special person"

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Los Angeles to Ban High-Capacity Gun Magazines

The city council of Los Angeles unanimously voted to prohibit possession of gun magazines that can contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Gun groups such as the National Rife Association have already threatened to sue the city over the ban

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford Developing Series About '80s Models

The renowned model is set to produce an upcoming NBC television series about the fashion world of the ’80s. The project — tentatively titled Icon, according to Variety — will follow the wars between Ford Modeling Agency and Elite Model Management