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Whiskers on Fleek: New App Lets Your Cat Take a Selfie and Send it to You

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Among cats, it’s curiosity that leads to the best selfies. That’s according to the makers of Candid Catmera, an iPhone and iPad app that uses virtual fish, mice, and laser pointers and others treats to entice your feline to come play in front of your mobile device. “I like the one with the can-opener, opening up the can of food,” ...

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James Taylor Cancels Manila Concert Over Duterte’s Drug War

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MANILA, Philippines — James Taylor has cancelled his February concert in Manila, saying reports of summary executions of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines without judicial proceedings are “deeply concerning and unacceptable.” The American singer-songwriter tweeted Wednesday that he had been looking forward to performing in Manila and that it saddened him to cancel the concert. He apologized to his ...

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‘Super Mario Run’: Price, Connectivity Missteps for Nintendo

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NEW YORK — Super Mario might be running, but a hefty price tag for a mobile game just won’t fly with the masses. The world so far is underwhelmed by “Super Mario Run,” which Nintendo released for the iPhone last week. This is no “Pokemon Go,” which captivated millions of players in their quest to collect digital monsters at real-world ...

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Review: Videogame Pic ‘Assassin’s Creed’ is Anything But Fun

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In “Assassin’s Creed ” a death row inmate is saved by a shadowy organization because they need him to unlock the memories of his 15th century ancestor Aguilar to find the location of an apple that contains the genetic code to free will because Marion Cotillard wants to end violence … or something. There have surely been sillier film premises, ...

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A Return Trip with the Original SNL Gang to a Forgotten Wonderland

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The Show: Saturday Night Live Christmas Special The Moment: Winter Wonderland Toward the end of this compilation of skits from SNL’s 50-odd Christmas shows, this gem rose up from the very first season. Dec. 20, 1975. Candice Bergen is hosting. Garrett Morris, in a red sweater and green-and-white striped scarf, begins singing Winter Wonderland into a hand mike. He sings ...

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Change to Let Christie Write Book in Office won’t Get Vote

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TRENTON, N.J. — A book deal for Republican Gov. Chris Christie will have to wait. New Jersey lawmakers on Monday said they won’t vote on a measure changing an ethics law that barred Christie from cashing in on a book deal while in office, at the same time giving millions of dollars in pay raises to lawmakers’ staff, judges and ...

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Country Rebel Sturgill Simpson Awed by Grammy Nom

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NASHVILLE — Sturgill Simpson’s records have defied easy characterization (Country? Americana? Experimental Southern rock?), but this year The Recording Academy decided whatever genre he was, he made one of the best records of the year. And that’s enough for him. “The fact that there are a million people around the world Googling my name and trying to figure out who ...

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Drake Leads Canadians with 8 Grammy nominations; Justin Bieber has 4

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Drake and Justin Bieber ruled the charts this year and now they’re vying for several top Grammy Awards. Both artists are in the running for album of the year, alongside country singer Sturgill Simpson and powerhouses Adele and Beyonce. Drake leads the Canadian musicians with eight nominations, among them one for best rap album for “Views” and a record of the year nod with ...

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Musicians React to Their Grammy Nominations

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Reactions to the Grammy Awards nominations, announced Tuesday by The Recording Academy. The 59th annual Grammys will air live on CBS from Los Angeles on Feb. 12, 2017. — “Glory be to God. I’m nominated for 7 #grammys. Thank you to everyone who worked on Coloring Book, I love you,” Chance the Rapper wrote on Twitter. — “what an absolute ...

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Matt Damon Says ‘Wall’ Role Never Intended for Asian Actor

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BEIJING — Matt Damon said Tuesday that his role in the new China-Hollywood production “The Great Wall” was always intended to be European, responding to criticism that an Asian actor should have been picked for the part. Some critics have said Damon’s casting amounted to “whitewashing,” in which Caucasians are chosen for roles that should have gone to actors from ...

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