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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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Contaminated, drugged liquor may be responsible for woman’s mysterious death at Mexican resort, dad says

A young woman, whose mysterious death at a luxurious Mexican resort in January is being probed by her parents, may have consumed bootlegged liquor that was contaminated — or drugged — before she drowned in a shallow pool, the family’s attorney said. Abbey Conner, 20, was found next to her brother, Austin, face-down in a pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen. The Wisconsin woman was vacationing at the resort with her mother and stepfather. Related Image Expand / Collapse Abbey Conner died at a…

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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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Modern Love: The 12-Hour Goodbye That Started Everything

I was flattered. In my previous relationship, I felt more like a hamster, a classroom pet purchased in a rush and forgotten over spring break. Now I had moved on to men like this one, who saw me as a wild cat, and whom I pictured as a cross between a sea horse and a deer, track-star tall with a dancer’s grace. Not long after, he set off on a cycling tour overseas. My expectations of commitment were low. I was surprised to receive messages every day from remote villages…

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McDonald’s employee fired for refusing service to police officer; cop’s wife says husband was ‘humiliated’

The wife of a Virginia police officer is speaking out about the McDonald’s employee who refused to serve him, but she claims she never wanted the young employee to lose his job. Last week, Officer Scott Naff of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was denied service by a young McDonald’s drive-thru worker, who took one look at Naff in his uniform and stated, “I ain’t serving no cops.” “My husband, of course, was shocked,” said Cathy Naff during an interview on Friday morning’s edition of “Fox and…

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North Korean boomerang defector said life in South Korea was ‘hell’

A North Korean woman who fled to South Korea, gained celebrity status there and then returned to Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship last month claimed her “life in the South was a hell.” Lim Ji-hyun, 26, resurfaced earlier this week in a taped interview uploaded on Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda website run by the North Korean government. She tearfully described how she was “lured” to South Korea with the “fantasy” that she would “eat well and make a lot of money there.”  “It was not the place I had imagined,” she said…

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Bennington’s death echoes that of friend Chris Cornell

NEW YORK — Fans were devastated to learn that Chester Bennington, frontman of Linkin Park, had died, but even more tragic was the fact that Bennington’s death came so soon after his good friend Chris Cornell killed himself in May. The two passed away in eerily similar circumstances.  Authorities are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide, Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Brian Elias said Thursday. Bennington, who was 41, was found dead in his home near Los Angeles. He had a strong bond with Cornell and died on what would…

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Oxygen therapy revives brain of toddler who almost drowned

In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment. The treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It exposes a patient to pure oxygen within the confines of a carefully controlled pressurized chamber. During the therapy, the body gets three times the normal amount of oxygen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The saga began with every parent’s nightmare. Just one day shy of her 2nd birthday,…

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Fetuses may be able to distinguish between languages

Fetuses might be able to differentiate between languages, a new study from the University of Kansas suggests. Researchers say the differences were clear from changes detected in the fetuses’ heart rhythms. In the study, a single bilingual speaker made two recordings — one in English and one in Japanese — that were then played to the fetuses of two dozen pregnant women. English and Japanese are thought to be rhythmically distinct, providing a helpful case study in language contrast. The fetuses were on average about one month away from full…

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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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