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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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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Refuses to Back Down in Feud With Germany

On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the rearrest of four of those ten, who had been released awaiting trial. Critics say the Turkish judiciary is no longer independent from Mr. Erdogan’s government, after a vast crackdown on opponents that purged around 150,000 public employees, including more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors. Earlier this week, the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, called Mr. Steudtner’s arrest “absurd” and said it showed “that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary arrests” in Turkey. In remarks published in Bild on Friday, the foreign…

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Hacked Ashley Madison users get $11.2M settlement

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has approved an $11.2 million settlement between the website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information, including financial data and details of their sexual proclivities. U.S. District Judge John Ross in St. Louis gave preliminary approval on Friday to a class action settlement that was initially announced last week by Toronto-based Ruby Corp., the parent company of Ashley Madison, a website marketing itself as a place to have affairs. Lawsuits from around the country were consolidated in the Eastern District of…

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Extreme Commuting

“So we put a pencil on a map and drew 150 miles out,” he said. Looking west, they checked out Bethlehem, Pa., a city of 75,000 wedged between Allentown and Easton, which was founded by Moravians in the mid-18th century, and pitched their tent. Jennifer Lehman may not have the longest commute in this determined fraternity — roughly two hours — but she is a clear winner when it comes to scenery and sociability. A recruiter in the professional services field, she lives in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north…

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Salvador Dali’s mustache still intact, exhumation reveals

Talk about surreal. The body of eccentric Spanish painter Salvador Dali was exhumed for a paternity test Thursday night — and the late artist’s trademark mustache was found to be still intact. Related Image Expand / Collapse Salvador Dali’s mustache was found intact when forensic experts exhumed his body.  (AP) Forensic experts said Dali’s whiskers remained in the “classic shape of ten past ten,” referring to the positions of hands on a clock. Spanish experts said they removed the deceased painter’s hair, nails and two long bones to find genetic…

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Salvador Dalí’s body exhumed, mustache still in “classic shape”

FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test — a move that opens the possibility for a woman who says she is the surrealist artist’s daughter to claim part of the Dalí estate. Officials said Friday that the artist’s mummified remains were so well conserved that even his famous mustache had survived the passing of time and remained in “its classic shape of ten past ten,” referring to the positions…

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Donald Trump, AlphaBay, Linkin Park: Your Friday Briefing

Senate Republican leaders are determined to begin debating health care next week, although they’re unable to agree on which bill to adopt. The confusion has contributed to a cruel summer for the party, our congressional correspondent writes. Continue reading the main story • A hint of hope in Syria. Israel has been sending supplies and treating thousands of civilians, denting its reputation in Syria as “the devil who wants to kill us.” • O. J. Simpson wins parole. The former football star is to be released in October after spending…

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China Bars Justin Bieber From Performing Over ‘Bad Behavior’

While the statement did not provide details, it appears to have been prompted by Mr. Bieber’s behavior on previous visits to the region. In 2014, Mr. Bieber caused a minor diplomatic row when he posted photos of himself visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors Japanese war dead — including convicted war criminals from World War II — and has long been a source of friction between Japan and its neighbors. Despite Mr. Bieber’s attempts to apologize, Chinese were outraged by the visit. Even the Foreign Ministry of…

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