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Microsoft co-founder dies aged 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died aged 65 from “cancer complications”, his family said. The billionaire was suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma and died in Seattle on Monday afternoon. He started the US software giant with Bill Gates in 1975 and was estimated to be the 46th richest person in the …

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Kanye West gives Ugandan leader pair of trainers

US celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have given the Ugandan leader a pair of white trainers as they visited his country to promote tourism. The shoes were made by the rap superstar’s company and were then signed by him and the reality TV star. In return, President Yoweri …

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Why are New Yorkers complaining about tap water?

The tap water in New York City has caused a stir as residents complain it tastes like soil. The water in America’s most famous city has taken on an unusual taste since the beginning of October when work began on a reservoir. As the New York Post put it, “It’s …

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Man chokes to death as shirt gets caught in escalator

A man choked to death when his shirt got caught in an escalator in a New York subway. The 48-year-old man was found unconscious on top of the escalator with part of his shirt caught in the machine and the neckline choking him. Officials have named him as Carlos Alvarez, …

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US retail giant Sears files for bankruptcy

US retail giant Sears has filed for bankruptcy after succumbing to huge debts and losses. The company, which is more than 100 years old, was once America’s largest retailer but has been battered by fierce competition and the rise of internet shopping. Sears, which still has 886 stores across the …

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Search for 'googly eye bandit' after monument vandalised

It may look funny, but it’s a crime – that was the message from officials in the US city of Savannah. Their words came after somebody placed googly eyes on a relief sculpture of Nathanael Greene, a Revolutionary War general buried in the city’s historic Johnson Square. In a Facebook …

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French wine sells at auction for record $558,000

A bottle of French wine has fetched a record-breaking $558,000 (£424,000) at an auction in New York. The 1945 Romanee-Conti sold for 17 times its upper estimate of $32,000 at Sotheby’s in New York on Saturday. The previous record for a standard wine bottle was $233,000 – an 1869 Chateau …

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Funeral for eight victims of limo crash that killed 20

A funeral has been held for eight of the 20 people killed in a limousine crash in upstate New York. Sisters Allison King, Abby Jackson, Mary Dyson and Amy Steenburg were killed on their way to a birthday party last weekend. Also killed were 13 other relatives, friends, the limousine’s …

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Melania reveals message behind 'don't care' jacket

Melania Trump has explained why she wore a jacket that said “I really don’t care, do u?” on a trip to visit migrant children who had been separated from their parents. At the time of the June visit to the children’s centre in Texas, the First Lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham …

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