Sam Simon in 2008.
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July 26, 2013 Sam Simon earns tens of millions of dollars a year in royalties. Diagnosed with colon cancer, he's been told he has less than six months to live. The writer and producer has decided his fortune will go to causes he supports.
Edward Snowden, seen during a video interview with The Guardian.
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July 26, 2013 The U.S. wants Russia to send the "NSA leaker" home for prosecution. In a letter to his Russian counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder gives what he says are assurances that Edward Snowden should not be "treated as a refugee or granted asylum."
Ariel Castro in court on July 17, 2013.
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July 26, 2013 The deal means there won't be a trial — or a possible death sentence. Three young women and the child Ariel Castro fathered with one of them were held captive in his home for about a decade.
What will it be? (File photo of a black bear in Massachusetts, not the bar-hopping bruin in Colorado.)
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July 26, 2013 A camera caught the bear wandering around in one part of a Colorado pub as patrons were enjoying themselves in another room. Fortunately, the bear decided to leave rather than join the customers.
July 26, 2013 Also: More women accuse San Diego's major of harassment; the Lincoln Memorial is vandalized; the accused Cleveland kidnapper may get a plea deal; the latest on Anthony Weiner's explicit sexting.
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A police officer stands near the statue of the 16th president at the Lincoln Memorial, which was splattered with paint Friday morning.
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July 26, 2013 The vandalism was discovered early Friday. There's paint on the memorial's floor and the base of the statue. It's unknown who did it or how long it will take to clean up.
Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) would surely crack the case.
July 26, 2013 Three members of a gang that gets its name from the famous movies have now escaped custody. Oh, if only the famous French detective were around to track the down.
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) on Thursday.
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July 26, 2013 Four more women — including a retired Navy rear admiral — came forward Thursday to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances. His fellow Democrats have called on Filner to resign.
July 26, 2013 Sources tell CNET News that government investigators have asked for such data. Whether any company has turned the information over isn't clear. The report is the latest in a string of stories in recent weeks about steps the National Security Agency and FBI are reportedly taking.
KTVU broadcast the bogus names. We've blocked them out because they're offensive.
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July 25, 2013 The Bay Area's KTVU-TV broadcast obviously made-up and offensive names of what it said were the pilots on board Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on July 6. Now it has reportedly taken action against some of the staffers who were at the station that day.
The out-of-control natural gas well in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after it blew out and caught fire.
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July 25, 2013 No one was hurt when the crew lost control of the rig on Tuesday and a fire followed. It looks like sediment and sand helped stop gas from escaping, robbing fuel from the fire in the process.
Virginia Johnson and her then-husband, William Masters, in 1972. They studied sexual behavior for decades. She died this week in St. Louis. Masters died in 2001.
July 25, 2013 With William Masters, she studied human sexual behavior. They spent decades trying to demystify sex and make it better for couples. Johnson was 88. Masters, who was her husband for more than 20 years, died in 2001.
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which Consumer Reports says its better than its foreign rivals.
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July 25, 2013 For the first time since Consumer Reports began making such comparisons in 1992, a sedan made by one of the USA's traditional car companies has gotten the magazine's highest rating.
July 25, 2013 While there was a small increase in the number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the rise was largely due to annual shutdowns for retooling at car plants. Meanwhile, orders for durable goods rose last month.
July 25, 2013 Also: Disgraced Chinese official is indicted; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may resume on July 30; third woman comes forward with accusation against San Diego's mayor; Snowden remains in Moscow airport.
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