• Portugal nixes claim Monty Python star’s film harmed convent
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  • Wimbledon 2017 order of play for Wednesday July 5 as Andy Murray and Jo Konta headline on centre court
  • Liam Payne to drop new single this week

iPhone 10th anniversary: History and evolution of the world’s most popular gadget

When the first iPhone launched ten years ago today, the world of mobile phones was a completely different place. Nokia still ruled the roost and BlackBerry was busy pumping out keyboard-toting phones for business types. But Apple took a markedly different approach; dropping any kind of physical dial pad altogether and focusing on single-use programs called apps. Over the last decade, the company has upgraded and redesigned the iPhone to…

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Mark Wahlberg working on collaboration with DJ Khaled?

Mark Wahlberg is working on a project with DJ Khaled. The 46-year-old actor was a member of New Kids On The Block before they hit the big time and quit in 1988, but he could be set to return to the studio as he’s revealed he and the ‘I’m The One’ rapper have been talking about working together. The ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ actor told HipHopDX: “I’ve spoken to [DJ…

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Rita Ora writes secret film script

Rita Ora has been secretly writing a script for a film. The ‘RIP’ hitmaker – who portrays Mia Grey in the ‘Fifty Shades…’ franchise – has been working on a movie project in her spare time, and dreams of not only writing and producing a tale for the big screen, but also writing and recording the soundtrack. Speaking to Becca Dudley for an episode of ‘MTV ASKS Rita Ora’, which…

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Beloved Monet back at museum, with 3 others for exhibit

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A beloved Claude Monet painting is back at New Hampshire’s Currier Museum of Art after an eight-month tour, along with three others that show the artist’s evolution. The exhibit “Monet: Pathways to Impressionism” opened Saturday and runs until Nov. 13 at the Manchester museum. His 1869 landscape, “The Bridge at Bougival,” was acquired by the museum in 1949. It has recently been shown at major exhibitions…

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Czech orchestra of disabled musicians gets world attention

PRAGUE (AP) — It’s an unusual orchestra, one that has played in London, Madrid, Moscow and Jerusalem. Its next stops are New York, Washington and Chicago. The Tap Tap, created 18 years ago to give students at a renowned school for the disabled in Prague an extracurricular activity, has become a major musical operation that has drawn millions of fans, first at home and gradually abroad. You can’t tell from…

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Museum exhibits lowrider cars, the artwork they’ve inspired

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lowrider cars these days are far more than tricked-out automobiles with gravity-challenged rear suspensions and ear-rattling exhaust systems that seem to cry out for police to ticket the drivers. In their finest format, they have morphed into museum-quality works of art, appearing in shows around the world from Paris’ Louvre to Washington’s Smithsonian. But while museumgoers have learned to appreciate these creatures that sprang from the…

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July Fourth celebration in DC includes reminders of violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The festive, star-spangled crowd that gathered for the annual July Fourth concert and fireworks on the National Mall couldn’t avoid being reminded of the ugly reality of life in Washington in 2017. Concertgoers on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol were greeted Tuesday evening by heavy security, including police officers with semi-automatic rifles around their necks and roads blocked with concrete barriers, military vehicles and construction…

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Scientists are busy watching one galaxy destroy another – for a good reason

Scientists could uncover clues about the formation of the universe by studying a small galaxy currently being consumed by its neighbour. Observations have shown that the "Little Cub" galaxy (which sits inside the constellation Ursa Major, aka Great Bear) is being destroyed by its much larger neighbour: a spiral galaxy called – less imaginatively – "NGC 3359". The gas needed to form new planets is gradually being sucked away from…

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Oh, Mr. Faulkner, do you spend? Money is conference topic

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Finances were a constant worry for William Faulkner during his early years as a writer. So, an expert says it’s fitting that that a literary conference will focus on the theme “Faulkner and Money: The Economies of Yoknapatawpha and Beyond.” Jay Watson is a professor of Faulkner studies at the University of Mississippi and director of the 44th annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, which takes place…

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PJ Masks: What are they, what toys are available and will your children enjoy them?

There’s a new kid’s cartoon on Disney Junior that’s proving very popular: PJ Masks. It’s unusual because it’s a super hero adventure where the heroes are children rather than adults. Kids love Spider-man, Hulk and other Marvel or DC heroes, just listen to any playground game. So it’s a refreshing change for them to picture themselves as strong and having super powers rather than being saved by heroic grownups. The…

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