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College buys $219K Chinese conference table

A New Jersey lawmaker is calling for a review of a state university’s purchase of a $219,000 custom-built, multimedia conference table from a company in China, where it has a campus it hopes to expand.

City’s ugly Christmas tree getting single red bulb

A much-maligned public Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is getting the Charlie Brown treatment. Officials in Reading say the spindly branches will be decorated with a single red ornamental bulb — just like the scrawny tree in the beloved “Peanuts” holiday tale.

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Witherspoon goes on a soul-baring ride in 'Wild'

Once she'd decided to take on her gritty new role in "Wild," there were a few things Reese Witherspoon knew she DIDN'T want to hear from movie studio executives.

Cosby testimony describes accuser's spiked story

Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.

Garth Brooks cites Ferguson for cancellation

Singer Garth Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC's "Tonight" show because he said it "seemed distasteful" given the reaction to the decision not to prosecute Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer.

‘Wizard of Oz’ Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3M

The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film “The Wizard of Oz” and the piano from the movie “Casablanca” each sold for over $3 million at a New York City auction.

Cosby philanthropy shadowed by sexual allegations

Bill Cosby’s record of big donations to colleges and other institutions has been a key part of his rosy public image.

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Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime

Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she’s worth? Will she let her colors burst?

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Helias hosts ‘sweet’ fundraiser for Show Choir Tuesday

For the seventh year in a row, the Helias Show Choir is inviting the public to “Just Desserts,” a fundraiser intended to help students travel to their competitions. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Helias Gym.

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Unwrap holiday cheer in Branson

Don’t deck the halls until after Thanksgiving —that’s how most people feel when Christmas festivities become a topic of discussion around mid-November.

Dish restores Turner channels to lineup

Turner Broadcasting channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are back on the Dish network after being dropped from the satellite TV provider’s lineup during contract talks.

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Judge says Oregon rooster must go

It was just the first of Mr. Rooster’s problems that he was first believed to be a Ms. His crowing has given him away, though, and his owner in Cornelius has been dinged six times in five months for violating city ordinances.

Paddington Bear film gets parental guidance rating

British film authorities have managed to find mild adult content in a film version of the famous Paddington Bear children’s books — a development the bear’s 88-year-old creator says leaves him “totally amazed.”

Texas to allow inmate weddings in prison

Texas plans to allow marriage ceremonies inside prisons between an inmate and an intended spouse who isn’t incarcerated, officials disclosed Tuesday.

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Movie Review: Stewart displays sure hand in 'Rosewater'

You can take the man away from the humor. But you clearly can't always take the humor from the man. This gratifying principle proves true both for the Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned for 118 days in Tehran and accused of being a spy, and of Jon Stewart, who captures Bahari's harrowing tale in "Rosewater," a clear-headed, sensitive and thoroughly impressive directorial debut for the Comedy Central host.









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