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LOS ANGELES, CA - 1987: Star of the original "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles," actor Gene Wilder, poses during a 1987 Los Angeles, California photo portrait session. Wilder starred with Richard Pryor in a string of hit films including "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy." (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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Gene Wilder Dead at 83

Gene Wilder, the star comedy classics as "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles," has died. Along with his longtime collaboration with Mel Brooks, Wilder was known for playing the charming candy man in the children's favorite "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"

Hillary Clinton; Donald Trump

How Clinton and Trump Are Prepping for Debates

Four weeks from tonight, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in the first of three presidential debates. Both candidates have started debate prep, with Trump relying on former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and Clinton studying Trump's past comments

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Huma Abedin Announces Split From Anthony Weiner

Huma Abedin says she’s splitting from Anthony Weiner after reports that he was caught in another sexting scandal. “After long and painful separation consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," she said

The mushroom cloud produced by the first explosion by the Americans of a hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok Atoll in the South Pacific.

Scientists Say a New Geological Epoch Is Here

Humanity's influence on the Earth is so great, an entirely new geological epoch called the Anthropocene should be declared, according to scientists who recommended the change to the International Geological Congress

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, during the reading of her letter to the Brazilian people and senators, at Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, on August 16, 2016.

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff Testifies at Impeachment Trial

Suspended President Dilma Rousseff addresses the Senate in a showdown pitting accusations that the she hurt Brazil's economy with budget manipulations against her argument that she did nothing wrong and is being targeted by corrupt lawmakers

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Voter Databases in 2 States Were Breached, FBI Says

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the November presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe

The 3.2 million year old fossilized remains of "Lucy", the most complete example of the hominid Australopithecus afarensis, is displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Houston on Aug. 28, 2007.

How One of the World's Oldest Human Ancestors Died

The world's best-known human ancestor fossil—widely known as Lucy—likely died following a fall from a tree, according to new research. Scientists behind the study took CT scans of the 3.18 million-year-old fossil to evaluate what caused Lucy's fractures

Beyoncé accepts the award for Video of the Year onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City.

Beyoncé on Top at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

The singer not only wowed the crowd with a 16-minute performance of 'Lemonade', she took home an armful of Moonmen trophies on Sunday night at the annual Video Music Awards. Here's who else took home awards

Pope Francis shakes hands with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a meeting at the Vatican on Aug. 29, 2016.

Head of World's Biggest Religion Meets Pope Francis

A man responsible for bringing the world together in the spirit of friendship met with the head of the Catholic Church in Italy this week. Mark Zuckerberg said he admired Pope Francis's "message of mercy and tenderness"

Mylan NV's EpiPen allergy shots sit on display for a photograph in Princeton, Ill. on Aug. 26, 2016.

Mylan to Launch Generic Version of EpiPen for $300

The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version of the injectable medicine that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths

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Colin Kaepernick Defends National Anthem Sit-Out

The 49ers quarterback has defended his decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem, saying he has no plans of stopping his silent protest."I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed," he said