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South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius attends his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the February 2013 killing of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

2014 Medal Carnegie Hall Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta - Concert

Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dies at Age 82

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday 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

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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

A girl plays with the water curtains that have been installed by firemen to bring relief to local people suffering from scorching heat on Piotrowska Street in Lodz, Poland on May 24, 2014.

2014 Could Be the Hottest Year on Record

The earth could be heading for its warmest year since measurements began, meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Monday. Last month was the warmest September in 135 years of record keeping

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 mural 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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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 nearly 6,000 signatures early Tuesday

A protester holds an umbrella during a performance on a main road in the occupied areas outside government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty in Hong Kong, Oct. 9, 2014.

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

The Cinema Society With Men's Fitness And FIJI Water Host A Special Screening Of Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy"

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