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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history [...]

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Barcelona, Spain, tops innovative cities contest

  NEW YORK (AP) — Barcelona, Spain, captured the grand prize in a competition that spurs cities to develop novel approaches to improve urban life, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced Wednesday, Sept. 17. Barcelona was awarded 5 million euro ($6.5 million) as top finisher. Four others were awarded 1 million euros ($1.3 million) each: the metropolitan area [...]

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‘Queen Latifah’ promises a ‘juicy’ second season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah is making changes in her daytime talk show for its second season. The biggest, she said, involves her. “Everything at the end of the day comes down to me being myself,” Latifah said. “My whole goal this year is to be more loose, more playful, more fun, more provocative.” [...]

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Attorney: Patti LaBelle had bodyguard beat cadet

  HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney for an ex-West Point cadet told jurors Tuesday that veteran R&B singer Patti LaBelle ordered her bodyguard to beat up the cadet as he waited for a ride home outside a Houston airport terminal, resulting in a brain injury that forced him to drop out of the military academy. [...]

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China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case

  BEIJING (AP) — Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years’ imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Dongcheng District prosecutor’s office said it had given approval for [...]

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Actress Mia Farrow reveals her motto: ‘I’m trying’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acting on Broadway is hardly a vacation, but if you’re Mia Farrow, it just might be. Her day job these days, after all, is speaking out about genocide and atrocities. Farrow, 69, has taken a break from international horrors to return to Broadway for the first time in 16 years [...]

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Miley Cyrus date barely makes court appearance

  DALLAS, Ore. (AP) — A massively famous celebrity meets a young homeless man in Hollywood and introduces him to an audience of millions. Then, just when it looks like the man is going to triumph, his dark past comes back to haunt him. As in any Hollywood script, there are two possible endings: The [...]

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‘NBA 2K15′ drafts 3D face mapping for latest game

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — “NBA 2K15″ is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game. The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series’ latest installment, set [...]

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NSU makes a mark in Hollywood

  (NSU NEWSROOM)–A Norfolk State University alumnus has spent more than 20 years in Hollywood working behind-the-scenes on some of the industry’s biggest films such as “The Wolverine” and “Marley & Me.” Gregory Earls, who graduated in 1993 with a degree in mass communications, works as a post-production coordinator for 20th Century Fox Studios. Earls [...]

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Students decide to stream with Netflix instead of flowing with cable

  by Stephanie Cousins House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development are just some of the shows that can be seen on Netflix. While video streaming is still in its infancy, it is becoming a welcomed alternative to cable television. Young people are a principle part of the “cut the cord” [...]

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Radford Theatre earns grand prize in contest

    RADFORD, Va. (AP) — The Radford Theatre’s star continues to rise. The classic movie palace on Radford’s Main Street, which nearly closed last year after more than 75 years in business, has won a $25,000 cash award that the theater’s owners will use to re-open the long-closed balcony. The theater was one of [...]

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