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Watch Live: B.B. King’s Funeral

Blues legend B.B. King was mourned Saturday in Indianola, Miss., the small town where his career took off, one day after fans lined up to view his open casket at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. He died May 14 in Las Vegas, at the age of 89

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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Near Japan

A powerful but extremely deep earthquake has struck off Japan's Ogasawara islands, but officials say there is no danger of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage from the quake

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The Big Bang Theory to Fund UCLA Scholarship

The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has already raised $4 million to support undergraduate students at UCLA who are studying the sciences and starting in the fall it will award 20 grants to those who need financial support


‘Love Locks’ to Be Cut Off Paris Bridge

Paris authorities have announced that all the "love locks" fastened to the railing of the Pont des Arts bridge will be removed Monday, citing structural risks to the bridge and public safety. Part of the bridge collapsed under the weight of the locks last year

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 29, 2015.

How FIFA's Leader Has Clung to Power Despite Scandal

The rules of soccer's governing body are stacked in favor of entrenched leaders like the 79-year-old Sepp Blatter, who won re-election on Friday even after nine officials under his command were indicted by the U.S. two days earlier

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Iggy Azalea Cancels Great Escape Tour

Iggy Azalea has canceled her Great Escape Tour, which she previously postponed from April to September. The rapper confirmed the news on Twitter on Friday, saying “I’m so sad and sorry to let my fans down… we’ll be back out on the road when the next album is done"

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Baltimore Police Union Chief: Criminals 'Empowered' By Riots

Murders in Baltimore have reached the highest levels in 15 years, and Lt. Gene Ryan, president of Baltimore city’s Fraternal Order of Police, says it’s due to criminals feeling emboldened following the riots that broke out over the death of Freddie Gray last month

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Dustin Diamond Convicted of Misdemeanors in Stabbing

TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former Saved by the Bell star, who played the character Screech, of the most serious felony charge

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Bruce Jenner to Appear on the Cover of Vanity Fair

Bruce Jenner—who publicly revealed he is transitioning from male to female in April—will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair as a woman, according to reports. The former Olympian will be photographed by Annie Leibovitz

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Obama Warns of Dangers of Inaction on Patriot Act

President Obama warned Friday of dire consequences for national security should the Patriot Act be allowed to expire on Sunday, blaming a “handful of senators” for blocking the passage of a compromise reform act designed to keep the nation's security infrastructure intact