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China bans Justin Bieber from performing

Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China.  Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for iHeart BEIJING — Not everybody has Bieber Fever.  Pop star Justin Bieber is not welcome to perform in China, the capital said. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said that Bieber’s past “bad behavior” precludes him from singing in China, though it did also say that Bieber has talent.  In response to a question from a purported fan on its web page, the Bureau of Culture said it was acting in the interest of imposing standards and…

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Jada Pinkett Smith Dispels Rumors She And Will Are Swingers

Jada Pinkett Smith Sorry, Will & I Don’t Bang Other Couples … For Now Jada Pinket Smith is putting a giant Hollywood rumor to bed about her own bed … she and husband Will Smith don’t screw around with other couples. Jada was promoting her new flick, “Girls Trip,” on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ when a caller asked what the craziest rumor is that Jada’s ever heard about herself. It took a second before Jada laughed off that it was one about her and Will being Hollywood’s notorious swingers. Funny thing…

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Legendary wildcatter Boone Pickens takes a Texas-sized fall

The health of T. Boone Pickens, the famed 89-year-old oilfield wildcatter, financier and corporate raider, has taken a turn for the worse after a “Texas-sized fall” put him in the hospital last week. In a posting to LinkedIn, Pickens said that he is still mentally strong but that as far as his life goes, “I clearly am in the fourth quarter.” Pickens, the founder and chairman of the Dallas investment firm BP Capital, suffered several strokes over the holiday and has been undergoing speech therapy. He said that he’s regained…

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Don McLean’s assault charges dismissed

CAMDEN, Maine — Domestic assault and terrorizing charges against “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean have been dismissed after he met the terms of a plea agreement, including staying out of trouble for a year. The charges in Maine were dismissed Thursday. McLean also paid a $3,000 fine to settle three other charges that remain on his record: domestic violence criminal threatening; criminal restraint and criminal mischief. McLean pleaded guilty last year in Rockland under a “deferred disposition” process in which some of the charges could be wiped away if a defendant…

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Growing a Baby After a Tumor

I could barely wait to be free of it, to start healing, to be single occupancy again. As it steadily increased in size, it dawned on me that this growth, like the one before it, would have to be eradicated from my body. Worse, there was no pleasant way to do so. I resented it. Him, rather. If I spoke such words out loud, I was met with scorn and judgment. Horror, even. So I stopped talking about it. I stopped talking about most things, actually. Which was why my…

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Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

Research backs up what Ms. Joefield noticed. Removal is traumatic for children, even if home life is stressful. Continue reading the main story Joseph Doyle, an economics professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, used statistical methods to analyze the effect of foster care placement in so-called marginal cases — those in which a strict investigator might put a child in foster care, but a more lenient investigator might not. Over time, the children sent to foster care had higher delinquency rates, higher teen birthrates, lower…

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2 teens from robotics team seen crossing into Canada, police say

McLEAN, Va. — As an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital was wrapping up, the chaperone of the Burundi team was confronting his worst nightmare: He couldn’t find his kids. He looked in the college dorms where the six teens — ages 16 to 18 — had been staying. Their bags were packed and gone. Maybe they got on the wrong bus? Officers swept through DAR Constitution Hall. They were gone. Police now say that two of the six were seen crossing into Canada, and they don’t suspect foul play…

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U.S. Reopens Harley Settlement, Cutting Funds for Pollution Reduction Plan

The willingness to reopen cases has raised the prospect that other recent settlements could also unravel. As part of a $14.7 billion deal to settle claims arising from its diesel emissions cheating scandal, for example, Volkswagen is financing electric vehicle charging stations across the country, and funding efforts by states to cut pollution from old diesel engines. Under the original settlement with Harley-Davidson, it would have paid $12 million in civil penalties and funded a $3 million project administered by the American Lung Association of the Northeast to upgrade wood-burning…

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