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Peaches Geldof's Body Released To Family For Funeral Arrangements
The body of Peaches Geldof has been released to her family. The news comes just one day after an autopsy on the daughter of musician Sir Bob Geldof was completed, with the results proving to be inconclusive. A spokesperson for the North Kent coroner told the BBC, "We can confirm that the body has been released to the family for funeral arrangements to be made." Meanwhile, a toxicology analysis is now being conducted in order to determine what caused the death of the 25-year-old.
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Officers Kill Armed Suspect In St. Louis Suburb, Police Say
St. Louis County police shot dead a man who they said pointed a rifle at them after a short foot chase about two miles from an apartment complex where a white Ferguson officer killed an unarmed black teen in August, sparking protests. St. Louis County Police Sergeant Brian Schellman said that the county police officers, who are assigned to Jennings, Missouri, have been placed on administrative leave following the late Wednesday shooting. Schellman said that the suspect is believed to have been known to a woman who had called county police to a residence in Jennings earlier on Wednesday night reporting a man knocking on her door with what she described as a sawed-off shotgun.
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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 Employees
More than 2,000 Microsoft employees are about to have some more time to play Minecraft. The company is reportedly cutting another 2,100 positions on Thursday as part of a previously announced staff reduction plan. In July, Microsoft announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs by the end of the fiscal year, marking the biggest reduction in its history. The layoffs represent part of the turnaround strategy for Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO of Microsoft in February.
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Scots Vote In Record Numbers, Await Independence Verdict
Scots agonized over the fate of their country on Friday after record numbers voted in a divisive independence referendum that could break apart the United Kingdom. Scotland's verdict on the union should be clear around breakfast time on Friday, but a YouGov poll of 1,828 voters the organization had previously polled indicated 54 percent of Scots would back the union while 46 percent would seek independence. First partial results showed unionists won the Clackmannanshire region, which represents just under one percent of the electorate, with 54 percent against 46 percent of the vote. YouGov research manager Laurence Janta-Lipinski told Reuters of the survey carried out on Thursday which was not an exit poll, "It looks like the union will remain intact for the time being."
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Ray McDonald -- Fiancee Pulled Gun On Him In Earlier Domestic Violence Incident
Police went to Ray McDonald's house back in May ... when a woman pulled a gun on a man in the San Francisco 49er's house. San Jose cops just released an incident report describing the altercation between an "engaged couple" on the evening of May 25th. According to the doc ... while the couple was arguing the woman grabbed a firearm and held it at her side. The man then told her he was going to call 911 -- and she ran out of the house. Cops say the woman did not make any threats or point the gun at her fiance. The report doesn't mention McDonald's name. McDonald was arrested in August by San Jose police for a felony domestic violence incident involving his pregnant fiancee. The 49ers have said McDonald will remain active while he goes through the legal process.
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Connecticut Jury Begins Weighing Charges Against Former Governor
Prosecutors said on Thursday that Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland carried out a scheme to use a phony nursing home contract to hide his work as a paid adviser for a 2012 congressional candidate in violation of federal campaign law. Afterwards jurors began deliberations over the charges against the Republican ex-governor, who pleaded guilty to political corruption a decade ago and served prison time. The most serious are two counts of falsifying records in a federal investigation, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
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Judge Dismisses Wig Lawsuit Against Rapper Nicki Minaj
A judge has dismissed a $30 million federal lawsuit by a celebrity hair stylist who accused rapper and former "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj of stealing his designs for the colorful wigs that helped boost her career. U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy ruled Thursday that although the wigs Minaj wore are "unique and distinctive in the ordinary sense of the word," they were not recognizable by the public as having been designed by Terrence Davidson, the stylist who brought the lawsuit. Davidson, whose celebrity clients include singers Patti LaBelle and Jennifer Hudson, began working for Minaj in 2010 and designed her wigs for high-profile events worldwide, said the suit filed in Atlanta last February. According to the lawsuit, the rapper also wore Davidson-designed wigs in a music video for the song "Super Bass." One of Minaj's best-known wigs is called the "Pink Upper Bun." When Davidson stopped working for Minaj more than a year ago, the pop star began copying his wig designs and selling them online, he alleged.
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Ang Lee To Direct 'Long Halftime Walk' As Next Film For Tom Rothman's TriStar
Ang Lee has picked his next project. The Life of Pi helmer has signed on to direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s satirical novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions and Film4. Lee had been developing an untitled boxing project for Universal about Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But Long Halftime Walk knocks that project out and will become Lee's follow-up to Pi. Sources say there were casting issues with the 3D boxing film, and Lee suddenly became available a couple of months ago. The film centers on 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn and his squad, who survive a battle in Iraq that is captured by embedded news cameras, pushing them into the limelight as heroes. They're brought home to the U.S. for a promotional tour that culminates at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas before they are returned to the war.
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Miley Cyrus' On-Stage Rauchiness -- She Can't Stop
Miley Cyrus might be facing criminal charges for getting her ass whipped on stage with a Mexican flag in Monterrey, Mexico on Tuesday night, but that's hardly the first time she's found herself in hot water while on tour. Accepting an award onstage at the the EMAs last year, Miley made waves when she smoked a joint. Do as the locals do, right? When Miley kicked off her Bangerz tour last February, she did it the only way she knew how: a staged sex act on a Bill Clinton lookalike! And Miley took the stage at famous UK gay club G.A.Y. back in May, where she jokingly shared a tip to get laid: Date rape.
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Trio Of Republican 2016 Hopefuls Stake Out Positions With Syria Vote
Three likely Republican White House contenders thrust the party's foreign policy divide into the spotlight with their Thursday votes and comments on a measure to arm moderate Syrian rebels. While Florida Senator Marco Rubio voted in favor of the plan, which passed, Kentucky's Rand Paul and Texas Senator Ted Cruz voted against it, with Paul opposing intervention and Cruz arguing that President Barack Obama had not provided a clear plan to combat Islamic State. Paul said, "Intervention is a mistake. Intervention when both sides are evil is a mistake. Intervention that destabilizes the Middle East is a mistake. And yet, here we are again, wading into a civil war." His doubts ran contrary to the thinking of Rubio, who advocated an aggressive response, saying the threat should have been addressed earlier. The debate over arming the rebels to fight the spread of Islamic State has exposed long-brewing schisms within both political parties, but the conflict has been particularly public for Republicans.