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  • Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO
    Amazon Prime wins deal with HBO

    Amazon scored a deal Wednesday to distribute old shows from premium cable TV channel HBO to its monthly Prime subscribers, landing a blow on rival Netflix in the streaming video battle. Amazon said the multi-year deal would allow it to stream top HBO shows from past years like "The Sopranos", "The Wire" and others to Prime Instant Video service customers, who pay a monthly fee for unlimited viewing. Until now HBO had distributed its shows via streaming to customers of its own HBO GO service. The shows could also be watched on a pay-per-view basis via Amazon and other redistributors.

  • John Malkovich debuts as Blackbeard in 'Crossbones' trailer
    John Malkovich debuts as Blackbeard in 'Crossbones' trailer

    NBC has uploaded the first trailer for "Crossbones," the new period drama that will take viewers back to the 18th century and to New Providence in the Bahamas, a hotbed of pirate activity.

  • Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king
    Scholars analyze bones of Swedish medieval king

    UPPSALA, Sweden (AP) — Researchers from Uppsala University on Wednesday opened a small gilded box containing the skull and bones of Swedish King Erik IX, who became a national saint after he was murdered in 1160.

  • It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage
    It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

    Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why.

  • Soldier in battle to rid home of squatters, Florida sheriff’s office says it can’t do anything
    Soldier in battle to rid home of squatters, Florida sheriff’s office says it can’t do anything

    Soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago and asked a friend to watch over his house in New Port Richey, Florida.

  • Will Kit Harington Cut His Hair After 'Game Of Thrones'?
    Will Kit Harington Cut His Hair After 'Game Of Thrones'?

    Kit Harington revealed that when "Game of Thrones" is over, he might put down wearing armor and chop off his locks. "I told my agent, 'No more swords, no more horses,'" he told Rolling Stone magazine (which features Kit on its newest cover) of his eventual post-"Thrones" plans. On "Game of Thrones," Kit plays Jon Snow, who is fighting to protect Castle Black from a Wildling invasion. "Snow's a black sheep," Kit said.

  • Colombians are tired of people misspelling their country's name as 'Columbia'
    Colombians are tired of people misspelling their country's name as 'Columbia'

    To fight back, they take to social media, calling out companies and celebrities who use the 'U' spelling; #itscolombianotcolumbia.

  • AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found
    AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

    WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.

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