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Private Island Owners Fret About Climate Change

Famed illusionist David Copperfield is among the few handfuls who own private islands around the world. But he's also part of an even more exclusive club: Island owners who say they are concerned about climate change and are making efforts to address its impacts.

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Billy Joel Gets Married

Billy Joel married girlfriend Alexis Roderick in a surprise ceremony at the couple's annual Fourth of July party. Joel, 66, and Roderick, 34, have been dating since 2009 and are expecting their first child. This is his fourth marriage

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Coney Island Crowns a New King of Hot Dog Eating

Matt Stonie ate 62 hot dogs and buns to upset Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and win the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut's bid for a ninth straight victory

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Tunisia President Declares State of Emergency

President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks

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Man Dies in Fourth of July Fireworks Accident

A 22-year-old man died in Maine as a result of a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, officials said. Devon Staples, 22, was killed instantly after he put a fireworks mortar on his head. He had apparently been drinking

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Disney Ex-CEO: Beautiful Women 'Usually Not Funny'

Attractive, humorous women are "impossible to find" in Hollywood, Michael Eisner said during an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "Boy, am I going to get in trouble [for saying that]"

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) holds a town hall meeting at the American Legion Dupuis Cross Post 15 July 2, 2015 in Ashland, New Hampshire.

Christie Won't Pledge to Undo Iran Deal

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that while he is deeply troubled by the emerging Iran nuclear agreement, he would not promise to undo it if he were president. Christie cast himself as a leader who would carefully consider all options

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Fans See Game of Thrones Clue in Star's Hair

Kit Harington was spotted at Wimbledon this week sporting his Game of Thrones character's signature long hair, prompting rumors that Jon Snow would make a comeback for next season

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Protestors Grill Up a Confederate Flag in the Big Easy

Just blocks from the 2015 Essence Festival where civil rights leaders are gathering this weekend, a crowd of nearly 100 protesters burned a confederate flag to demand the removal of slavery-era monuments from New Orleans

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Selma Director Confirms She Won't Direct Black Panther

Ava DuVernay said she considered directing the Marvel superhero movie, but ultimately decided the project wasn't for her. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be," she said at the Essence Festival