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Comedian Jonathan Winters dead at 87

Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose manic, improvisational genius never seemed to take a rest, has died at the age of 87 after a more than 50-year career in stand-up comedy, on television and in film.

White House denies role in Beyonce trip

US President Barack Obama’s spokesman on Thursday denied any White House role in allowing a visit to Cuba by rapper Jay-Z and pop star Beyonce last week, after the hip hop mogul released a song that suggested he had presidential permission for the trip.

‘Beyonce Cuba visit had US treasury nod’

US singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, in Old Havana recently—AP

A visit by American pop starBeyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z to Havana last week was acultural trip that was fully licensed by the US treasury department, a source familiar with the itinerary said on Monday.

Deadly bat fungus crucial to rare species

A fungus tied to a disease devastatinghibernating bats in the United States has been found in anAlabama cave system critical to the survival of endangered graybats, government scientists said on Monday.

Senators back Tyson for dead boxer pardon

Mike Tyson

Two senior US senators welcomed a petition launched by former boxer Mike Tyson to have heavyweight champ Jack Johnson posthumously pardoned by President Barack Obama for race crimes a century ago.

2 guilty of plot to kill Joss Stone

Two men were found guilty on Wednesday of plotting to murder and rob British Grammy Award winning singer Joss Stone because they were angered by her links to the British royal family.

Transformers 4 to be produced in China

Viacom Inc’s Paramount Pictures said on Tuesday it reached a deal with the government-run China Movie Channel and its online movie service partner, Jiaflix Enterprises, to produce Transformers 4 in China.

SC dismisses Novartis petition for Glivec patent

The Supreme Court has dismissed Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG’s petition seeking patent protection for its cancer drug Glivec, a serious blow to Western pharmaceutical firms which are increasingly focusing on India to drive sales.

N. Korea orders missiles aimed at US bases

North Korea put its missile units on standby on Friday to attack US military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.

In Jerusalem, Obama’s 2-state speech

US President Barack Obama appealed directly on Thursday to the Israeli people to put themselves in the shoes of stateless Palestinians and recognise that Jewish settlement activity in occupied territo

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