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‘Thor: The Dark World,’ movie review

What weird sorcery is this? “Thor: The Dark World” may not be thunder from the movie gods, but it is — shock! — an entertaining journey into mystery, action and fun. That wasn’t a preordained outcome. Thor’s 2011 Marvel Comics film adaptation — a crucial set-up for “The Avengers” — was a dull deal, with giant robots attacking empty southwestern ...

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‘Filthy Gorgeous,’ TV review

Willie Anderson Bob Guccione, artist: The Penthouse publisher exhibiting his work at C.W. Post College’s Hillwood Art Museum in 1991. As its title suggests, “Filthy Gorgeous” never makes a black-or-white judgment on Bob Guccione, the late founder of Penthouse magazine. Was he an impassioned champion of the First Amendment, a bold exposer of religious hypocrisy and a sexual revolutionary ...

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White House grants extension on health law sign-up

Published: October 28, 2013 7:01 PMBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Photo credit: EPA | President Barack Obama speaks at Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn. (Oct. 25, 2013) WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says it’s granting a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the ...

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Fla police: Cellphone stops bullet fired by robber

Published: October 29, 2013 11:36 AMBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Photo credit: AP | Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber’s bullet. WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Police say a cellphone saved a Florida gas station clerk from a robber’s bullet. Winter Garden Police said in an email that a clerk had just minor injuries after ...

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Texas abortion clinics stay open following ruling

Published: October 29, 2013 7:02 AMBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Photo credit: AP | In this July 12, 2013 file photo, abortion rights supporters rally on the floor of the State Capitol rotunda in Austin, Texas. New abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and will not take effect as scheduled on Oct. 29, 2013, a federal judge has ...

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Banned dog breeder sues over dog-drugging charge

GREG TARR/Observer-Reporter/via AP Ralph Ullum gets kisses from his Siberian huskies at his property in East Finley Township near Claysville, Pa. A Pennsylvania breeder of Siberian Huskies has accused the American Kennel Club of defamation for suspending him from club shows based on an allegation that he once drugged another dog to give his a competitive edge. Ralph Ullum, a ...

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Ariel Castro neighbor charged with 1990s rape and murder of two women

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office Elias Acevedo Sr., 49, confessed to the murders of his 30-year-old neighbor Pamela Pemberton and 18-year-old Christina Adkins. Increased scrutiny of missing person cases in a Cleveland neighborhood following the arrest of kidnapper Ariel Castro led to charges against a neighbor for the murders of two women in the 1990s, the FBI said on Friday. Elias ...

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A-Rod shelled out $305G for evidence linking him to doping: source

David Karp/AP A source says Yankees star Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence that could have incriminated him or that would be used in his defense in an arbitration or court proceeding. As Major League Baseball closed in on Tony Bosch’s doping operation, a desperate Alex Rodriguez paid $305,000 for evidence involved in the investigation linking him to multiple violations ...

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Same-sex marriages to begin Monday in New Jersey

Published: October 18, 2013 10:25 PMBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Photo credit: AP | Same-sex marriages can begin within days in New Jersey after the state’s highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold an order that they must start Monday and to deny a delay that had been sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. Same-sex marriages can begin within days in ...

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Lunar eclipse brings hundreds to mysterious NY site

Published: October 19, 2013 8:00 AMBy WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES Photo credit: AP | The moon seen from the Belarusian capital Minsk, during a partial lunar eclipse. (April 25, 2013) WATERTOWN, N.Y. – On the very night of a rare partial lunar eclipse, believers and non-believers alike came together on Friday night to pay tribute to Thompson Park’s so-called vortex, an ...

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