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Mexican Feds Take Over Town

Authorities learned of possible connections between local law enforcement and organized crime during an investigation into the disappearance of 43 students

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Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006. De la Renta shot to fame in the 1960s after he dressed First Lady Jackie Kennedy

Hong Kong's Minorities Join Democracy Protests

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have flooded the streets since the end of September, demanding free elections in the Special Administrative Region of China. Among the crowds are many ethnic minorities, who insist that they too belong to the Umbrella Revolution

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Toyota Announces U.S. Recall

Toyota is warning hundreds of thousands of Americans who own its cars not to use the passenger seat until faulty airbags are repaired. On Monday, the automaker announced a fresh recall of 247,000 vehicles produced from 2001 to 2004

The new Banksy depicting the painting 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer is see on a wall in Bristol Harbourside, England on Oct. 20, 2014.

Banksy Parodies Girl With a Pearl Earring in New Painting

The famous and elusive street artist has parodied Johannes Vermeer's famous Girl With a Pearl Earring in a new painting in the English city of Bristol. Banksy posted a picture of the work, reportedly titled Girl With a Pierced Eardrum, to his website

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Amazon and Simon & Schuster Reach Deal Over E-Books

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have reached a multiyear agreement over the sale of print and digital books following the online retail giant's falling out with the Hachette Book Group. The publisher will set its own prices for e-books, while Amazon will promote titles

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Turkey to Help Iraqi Kurds Join Fight Against ISIS in Syria

Turkey, which has come under pressure to increase its support for the coalition battling fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, said Monday that it will help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border to fight the militants who have besieged a Syrian city

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Guardians of the Galaxy Tunes to Get Cassette Release

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack is getting a rerelease on cassette on Nov. 17, giving film fans their own version of the 1970s mixtape the film’s star, played by Chris Pratt, is never without. The Marvel film's soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 over the summer

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Toys R Us ‘Breaks Bad’ With New Crystal-Meth Toys

Parents aren't happy that the toy retailer is selling drug dealer dolls, complete with bags of crystal meth and sacks of cash, a la Walter White in Breaking Bad. A petition for the chain to pull the dolls had attracted signatures more than 2,200 supporters Monday

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We Pay Men and Women Equally, Says Microsoft CEO

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was criticized earlier this month for saying women should not ask for raises, said on Monday his company pays men and women equally, though that's difficult to verify, as Microsoft does not make its pay structure public