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8 Places for Thrifty Bookworms to Download Free E-Books

Looking for the next great book to sink your teeth into? Look no further.<p>As summer rolls on, you may find yourself with free time to catch up on …

Discoveries convince family pregnant woman is dead

MAKAWAO, Hawaii (AP) — Four days into searching for her pregnant half-sister, Phaedra Wais trudged through a rugged, wet jungle on Maui to chase a …

38 confirmed dead as Typhoon Rammasun cuts across the Philippines

The Philippines' first major typhoon of the season has churned across the country, passing close to the sprawling capital Manila on Wednesday and killing at least 38 people.<p>Typhoon Rammasun made landfall near Legazpi City on the country's east coast late Tuesday. The typhoon, known locally as …

Daughter calls Mandela's final months excruciating to watch

He suffered greatly in his final months, but Nelson Mandela's last breaths were peaceful, says his eldest daughter, Maki Mandela.<p>She describes the end as a "beautiful passing on" but says his death and burial came as a relief to her after his long health struggles.<p>"There were times I was telling …

Obama: Jet Crash in Ukraine 'May Be a Terrible Tragedy'

President Barack Obama said Thursday that a downed Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in Ukraine "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and that the U.S. will offer any assistance necessary to determine the crash's cause.<p>"I have directed my national security team to stay close contact with the …

First chikungunya cases acquired in the U.S. reported

Florida Health officials Thursday confirmed the first locally acquired cases of the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya. The two cases are the first instances in the U.S. in which the virus was not contracted during Caribbean travel, according to the Florida Department of Health.<p>The infected …

Online child abuse reports surge, says US watchdog

<b>There has been a dramatic rise in reports of child abuse images posted to commonly used parts of the internet, according to a US watchdog.</b><p>They include photos posted to publicly-accessible parts of social networks.<p>The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a record number of …

The Missile That Likely Shot Down MH17

The missile system most likely used to shoot down Malaysia Airline MH17 is common, lethal, and crewed by men with little training. They also just …

Ukraine claims recorded phone calls prove separatists shot down Malaysian airliner

As allegations grow that a Malaysian airliner which crashed on Thursday, killing more than 290 people, was shot down, both the Ukrainian government and separatists are denying any involvement.<p>Both sides accuse the other of attacking the plane which came down close to the border with Russia.<p>Kyiv’s …

Ukraine Releases Audio It Claims Proves Rebels' Ties To Malaysia Airlines Crash

Ukraine's intelligence agency claimed on Thursday it had intercepted phone calls that connected separatists in the country's east to the crash of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.<p>Ukraine's state security agency, also known as S.B.U., released an edited version of the purported audio tapes …

Philippines death toll from Typhoon Rammasun rises to 40

Typhoon Rammasun swept through the Philippines on Wednesday, leaving 40 dead and 17 injured, according to the government disaster management agency.<p>The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in a statement early Thursday that storm warnings had been lowered as the typhoon …

US INTELLIGENCE: Surface-To-Air Missile Was Fired At Malaysian Plane In Ukraine

But the intelligence has not confirmed the origin of the missile, according to the report, and it is "divided" over its source. The White House declined to comment on the reports.<p>None of the 295 passengers and crew aboard MH 17 survived Thursday's crash near the Ukrainian border. An adviser to …

Russia

Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling: How They Kept Her Pregnancy Under Wraps

In the age of social media and cell phone cameras, just how did Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes keep her pregnancy hidden for so long?<p>The actress, 40, …

Film Festivals

John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal's Son Kevin Arrested for Drug Possession

Kevin McEnroe, the oldest son of tennis champ John McEnroe and his ex-wife, actress Tatum O’Neal, was arrested on drug charges in N.Y.C. on …

Crime

Vanessa Williams Says Her Molestation Made Her More 'Sexually Promiscuous'

Vanessa Williams is sharing more details about the molestation she suffered at age 10 – and the impact it had on her growing up.<p>“I think it made me …

Rob Halford Remembers 40 Years of Metal

The singer for Judas Priest, which just scored its first top-ten album, looks back at a surprisingly robust career — and says he wants to be on The Walking Dead.<p><b>I cannot see Rob Halford's eyes.</b> The venerated Judas Priest singer wears sunglasses and sits, on the 35th floor of the Sony music building …

Gone Girl picked for opening slot at New York film festival

Gone Girl, the hotly anticipated thriller directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is to be the opening film in this year's edition of the New York film festival, according to Variety.<p>The opening-gala slot at the festival, which takes place at New York's Lincoln Centre …

Johnny Winter, blues guitarist, dies aged 70

Johnny Winter, who was a star blues guitarist and a Grammy-winning producer for Muddy Waters, has died aged 70<p>Blues musician and producer Johnny Winter has died at the age of 70.<p>Winter, who played with Jimi Hendrix and Muddy Waters, was a friend of John Lennon, who wrote Rock and Roll People in his …

'Sons of Anarchy' final season premiere date revealed

The final ride has a start date.<p>The seventh and final season of FX’s <i>Sons of Anarchy</i> gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m.. If you weren’t excited …

Jason Biggs Makes Disgusting Joke About Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

While the world is in complete shock and sorrow about the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, Hollywood douchebag <b>Jason Biggs</b> thinks this is a great …

'Walking Dead' extra sentenced to 18 years for mailing ricin to Obama

Shannon Guess Richardson, a Texas actress who appeared in <i>The Walking Dead</i> and the Sandra Bullock movie <i>The Blind Side</i>, was sentenced to the maximum of …

Jimi Hendrix’s Early Recordings as a Sideman to Get Proper Release

The rights to 88 studio recordings that Jimi Hendrix made between 1965 and 1967 during his stint with the R&B group Curtis Knight and the Squires now …

Versatile Broadway actress Elaine Stritch dies at 89

Actress Elaine Stritch, known for her brash persona, gravelly voice and versatility over seven decades on Broadway, died Thursday, longtime friend Julie Keyes told CNN. She was 89.<p>Stritch died at her Birmingham, Michigan, home early Thursday, surrounded by family, Keyes said.<p>Funeral arrangements …

Guns N’ Roses’ Next Record Is ‘Close to Being Done,’ Dizzy Reed Says

Soon, Guns N’ Roses might be releasing even more than the <i>Chinese Democracy</i> sequel that Axl Rose teased in June. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed tells <i>Rolling</i> …

Kiss Members Blasted by Melvins’ Buzz Osborne

Buzz Osborne and his Melvins bandmates love Kiss so much that, in 1992, each member of the sludgy metal trio put out a solo album with art similar to …

Charlie Haden, Iconic American Jazz Bassist, Has Died

<i>Photo via Charlie Haden Music</i><p>Charlie Haden, bass player and American jazz icon best known for his work with Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett as well as his distinguished solo career, has died at his home in Los Angeles, according to his label ECM. He was 76.<p>Haden was born on August 6, 1937 in …

Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record …

Hear the Jerry Garcia Band Play ‘Mission in the Rain’ Live – Premiere

The Jerry Garcia Band opened March of 1978 in Berkeley, but from there they moved east, playing cities as large as Boston and Philadelphia and …

Ron Howard to Direct New Beatles Doc Focusing on Band’s Early Years

When Ron Howard was 9 years old, he was already a national television star on <i>The Andy Griffith Show</i> – and there was only one thing he wanted for his …