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China's Got Games

Beijing was selected to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating the bid from Almaty in a surprisingly close vote to become the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing won the secret vote of the International Olympic Committee by 44-40

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New Ebola Vaccine Seen as Breakthrough

An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study. If proven effective, the vaccine could be "a game-changer"

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Republicans Debate the Best Way to Debate Donald Trump

Begrudgingly, Donald Trump’s rivals recognize they cannot continue to shrug him off. Republican presidential candidates are trying to figure out how to treat Trump at the upcoming debate, and may have to treat him like a real candidate

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Jon Stewart Reveals His Final Daily Show Guests

Jon Stewart has named his final three guests, and it looks like the host is sticking with his own kind for the last week of his run. Fellow comedians Louis C.K., Denis Leary and Amy Schumer will sit opposite Stewart in the run up to his finale


Debris Find Offers Few Answers in Plane Search

Following the discovery of debris attributed to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, helicopters have been scouring the island of Réunion for more signs. But information derived from the flotsam remains scant, if at all reliable

Meek Mill performs during The Pinkprint Tour in New York City on July 26, 2015.

Meek Mill Hits Back at Drake With New Diss Track

The track, titled “Wanna Know,” is the latest shot in the rapper's feud with Drake following accusations that the Toronto star does not write his own lyrics. The release is Meek Mill's first diss track in the saga.

Ray Tensing

Former Campus Cop Makes Bail and Is Released From Jail

Ray Tensing posted 10% of his $1 million bail, according to the Hamilton County Clerk's office, not long after pleading not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed 43-year-old Sam DuBose

(Left to right) Kit Harington, Kristofer Hivju, Ben Crompton in Season 5 of Game of Thrones on HBO

Game of Thrones Will Last at Least Another 3 Seasons

Even though Game of Thrones showrunners have repeatedly declared they only want to make seven seasons of the fantasy hit, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo for the first time firmly announced the series will go at least eight seasons

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Russia Is Investigating If Gay Emojis Break Its Laws

Russia’s media watchdog is investigating if gay-themed emojis on Facebook break Russian laws against promoting homosexuality. The probe was initiated by a senator who noted the danger in the cartoon smiley faces of boys kissing boys and girls kissing girls

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James Woods Sues Twitter User for $10 Million

Actor James Woods has reportedly sued a Twitter user for defamation after allegedly accusing the actor of being a cocaine addict. Now deleted Twitter user @abelisted, the suit claims, "jeopardized Woods' good name and reputation on an international scale"