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China Olympics IOC 2022 Vote
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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"

Donald Trump Holds Campaign Rally And Picnic In Iowa

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

(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


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

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

"Once Upon A Time In America" Photo Call - 52nd New York Film Festival

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"

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban Elects New Leader

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour — a longtime deputy of the deceased Mullah Omar — has been chosen to take his place at the head of the Afghan Taliban, according to two commanders of the Islamic militant organization


Uber Wants Your Parents to Be Drivers

Ageism might be rampant in Silicon Valley, but some of the Bay Area's leading companies are now actively trying to engage the senior crowd, recognizing the huge potential of experienced workers and responsible adults

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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