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Sir George Martin, The 'Fifth Beatle,' Is Dead At 90

The classically trained composer was the Beatles' closest collaborator throughout the 1960s, producing virtually all their music. Music critics agree they wouldn't have been the Beatles without him.

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A motorcyclist waits Feb. 17 to buy gas in Caracas, Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro increased the price of gasoline for the first time in 20 years, as he faced growing pressure to ease an economic crisis in the oil-producing country. Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cheap Oil Usually Means Global Growth, But This Time Seems Different

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Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Rosalee, a housemaid who runs for freedom in the new WGN show Underground. She says the drama unfolds like a spy thriller. Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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New TV Drama Recounts Heroic Escapes On The Underground Railroad

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Sir George Martin, The 'Fifth Beatle,' Dies At 90

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Giant Henge Javier Vercher/Ferenc Nemeth

Order 23 of the USSR People's Commissar of Defense, dated March 14, 1944, on transforming Civil Air Fleet 1st Separate Aviation Regiment into Civil Air Fleet 120th Guards Separate Aviation Regiment, bearing the signature of Joseph Stalin. Courtesy of the U.S.Embassy, Moscow, via Flickr hide caption

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U.S. Returns Historical Documents, Stolen From Russia In Chaotic '90s

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Hairy Bumpercress Mr. Scruff

The prime minister's official residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa is drafty and leaky, and just about every part of it needs to be repaired. Margaret Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mother, calls it "the crown jewel of the federal penitentiary system." National Capital Commission/Flickr hide caption

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Canada's Official Residence, No Longer Fit For A Prime Minister

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