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'Compton' tops box office for 3rd week; 'War Room' surprises
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Christian drama "War Room" made a surprise bid for the box-office lead, Zac Efron's music drama "We Are Your Friends" bombed spectacularly and the N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" keeps chugging along....

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82
NEW YORK (AP) -- There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat....

Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift set for MTV VMAs
The M in MTV will stand for Miley on Sunday night....

Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire
BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) -- When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring - not a rolling, monthslong frat party....

Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to the Treblinka death camp - where she was murdered with the Jews....

China's leadership fans smoldering antipathy toward Japan
BEIJING (AP) -- By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates - including with a massive military parade - the victory over Japan 70 years ago....

1st African-American actor to play Valjean on Broadway dies
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American and youngest person to ever play the role of Jean Valjean in "Les MisÚrables" on Broadway has died after falling from a fire escape, according to a show spokesman. He was 21....

Hundreds of Russians protest destruction of demon sculpture
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- About 500 people have held a protest in Russia's second-largest city over the destruction of a century-old bas-relief of the demon Mephistopheles....

At a virtual reality expo, VR comes in many forms
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A few inches above the floor, a man is suspended from a swing-like apparatus pretending he's flying over a mountain. Around the corner, a woman is defending herself against a horde of zombies with a make-believe gun. Several feet away, two guys are seemingly racing in cars over 100 mph while both sit still....

Sales of unearthed Atari games total more than $100,000
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) -- A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months....

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